APRIL 12TH, 2018


Talk entitled  'Beekeeping in a changing world ' 

Nikki talked to us about how the hive functions and what is essential to its well being. She discussed the effects of pesticides, genetically modified crops and the destructive Asian hornet. But most importantly, the role we play as gardeners. Nikki studied environmental biology and natural science and was a teacher for 34 years. A qualified diver, she has studied marine life around the coast of the British Isles. Since her retirement she has turned her attention to bee keeping, trying to understand and help solve some of the problems they are facing in the world today.

MAY  1OTH, 2018

Talk entitled  'NO DIG - Growing to Eat, on a limey soil with hot dry summers'.
Superb talk, witty and factual, so well illustrated that showed their 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.

See their website here https://gdn1947.wixsite.com/lesamis2018

Our January New Year lunch was held in the 'Au Bon Accueil' restaurant in St Vincent de Connezac. Delightful venue and service with a delicious menu enjoyed by thirty four members.


An enjoyable painting session for 27 members braving the cold weather and a varied selection of hares were created. All the materials and lesson kindly provided by IGC member ROGER ADAMS