May 10th, 2018


Talk entitled  'NO DIG - Growing to Eat, on a limey soil with hot dry summers'

This will follow their progress in attempting to solve some of the problems they have encountered here in their French garden. They have been keen gardeners and plant collectors for over 30 years, starting in UK, where their garden was open under the NGC yellow book scheme. They have been in France for 11 years, where their small garden keeps them fairly self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables.

JUNE  14th, 2018

IGC Summer Outing by coach. 

Les Jardins de Colette - a garden near Brive-la-Gaillarde in France.


Cost to members 6.50 euros. Non members 10 euros

Leave Riberac central car park near the Friday market/soccer fields at  9.30 am return approx 6.00 pm
Late morning and lunch time explore Brive. There are many restaurants and also a nice parc by the river to picnic.
On to Les Jardins de Collette, for a guided tour and then look around the gardens. There is a shop, tea shop and also a maze to explore.

Introduction to Bee Keeping Course

Lesson 1                 Sunday 25th March 2018  2-5 pm
Introduction, Types of bees, Structure of the bee colony, The bee year, Hive layout and equipment
Practical hands on session-looking for the queen, drones, workers, pollen, eggs.

Lesson 2                Sunday 8th April 2018    2-5 pm
Bee behaviour, laying patterns, feeding bees.  Managing your bees, fortnightly checks.
Wiring and waxing frames. Practical - manipulation and feeding for increase, looking for laying patterns and signs of irregular activity.

Lesson 3                 Sunday 22nd April 2018   2-5 pm
Swarm control, including artificial swarming. Introducing queens.
Pests & diseases. Legal aspects, insurance etc
Practical - Artificial swarm control, splitting hives for increase.

Lesson 4                  Sunday 13th May 2018  2-5 pm
Movement of hives, position. Types of honey & problems
Swarm collecting, Bait hives. Practical - Checking the splits for queens.

All lessons are held at La petite ferme galloise, Chez thomas,16390 Pillac
Tel 05 45 98 18 09

A bee suit, gloves and wellingtons are required to participate. The cost is €100.

IMPORTANT NOTE : Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month unless otherwise advised. We meet in the LUSIGNAC Salle des Fêtes and doors are open from 10.15. 

Talks begin promptly at 11 am and out of respect for our speakers please do NOT arrive late.

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BRING AND SHARE  lunches are held after many of the talks. Wine, water and bread is always supplied.

Members are kindly requested to provide either a savoury or dessert offering suitable for 6 or more people. Please remember to bring plates, utensils, glass and napkins