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WORK AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE FRIENDS

The Committee thought that it would be of interest to the members if we made a listing of all our activities, each event requiring a considerable amount of time and care to organise.

The Woodland Indicator Garden, requested by Dr. Arne Pomerening from SAFS, is now securely fenced against the ever-present rabbits. Labour and materials, totalling over £800, was supplied by the Friends.  Labelling is in course of preparation.  This is an easily accessible feature for Friends and students alike.

Events run by the Friends: fungus forays, garden walks, star watch, field trips, lectures by visiting experts, workshops, open days in the garden.  There were 8 in 2002, 6 in 2003, and 7 in 2004.

Plant Sales: we hold four each year.  A core team of eight is supplemented on the day by extra volunteers. Members generously donate spare plants for us to sell.

Committee Meetings: each lasts a minimum of two hours.  We have 16 committee members many of whom rarely miss a meeting. There were 7 meetings in 2002, 10 in 2003 and 7 in 2004.  Agendas are prepared, careful minutes are taken and filed for inspection by Friends.  

Sub committees have been set up for the Plant Sales and Newsletters, each meeting four times per year.

AGM: held every year, open to our members and followed by a talk or quiz.  Accounts are prepared and checked by our treasurer and auditor.  Copies are made available to members at the AGM or on request.

Memorial Lecture for Len Beer: The Friends jointly organise this with the Alpine Garden Society, North Wales Branch, each year in memory of this world-famous plant collector who first established the collections at Treborth in 1965-77.  A stunning plant display is mounted in the foyer, using material from the garden and glasshouses. This lecture is open to the public, and is free. The two organisations share the cost of the speaker and University technicians.

An ongoing Website has been funded by the Friends at £200+.

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