Saturday 16 November 2019

The Gardens of Cork and Waterford

Our speaker today is Neil Barry, a well-known speaker from the Gower, who will be showing us gardens from Cork and Waterford.

Neil is originally from County Cork in Ireland and now lives near Swansea. A career changer, he moved into horticulture after a background in telecommunications in London. After training at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for three years whilst also studying at Capel Manor College and Berkshire College of Agriculture, he moved in to teaching horticulture and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. He has been a lecturer in Horticulture for 8 years, most of which was at Neath Port Talbot College, but has also taught at The National Botanic Garden of Wales and elsewhere. Now a freelance horticulture tutor, he is involved in several projects, all related to horticulture education and is especially interested in using gardening as a therapy to improve people’s wellbeing and is working towards a qualification in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. He aims to create a friendly, inclusive and supportive learning environment where he can share his skills and passion for gardening, aiming to inspire others to enjoy the course, whatever their reasons for coming.

Local nurseries will be selling plants at the meeting.

As with all our meetings, kick off is at 2.00 pm at the Williams Memorial Hall in Coychurch, Bridgend. Click HERE for a location map (note that the miracle that is Google shows the red locator in the wrong place – look for the grey one below and to the left of the red one).

We entertain the speaker to lunch at the nearby White Horse pub (look above and a way to the right of the red marker for location info) before the meeting. Anyone is welcome to join us but please let us know you’d like lunch by emailing the Chair, no later than mid-day on Tuesday 12 November. The pub serves a variety of good food, though you’ll have to settle your own bill, sorry! Please aim to arrive by 12.15.