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considering reducing the mailing, as many members have e-mail and could read the Newsletter on our website.

The plant sales folk keep a tab on the cost of sundries and composts supplied by the Friends to our main growers: their hours come free.  

Our social events have all been covered by ticket prices.  The coach trips have all made a surplus which is added to our funds to cover any shortfall in subsequent years.

Ann Wood (Secretary)

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WEATHER AND WILDLIFE

Jan – April 2005

Month

Rainfall

Temperature (oC)

inches

mm.

max

  min

January

4.13

104.8

14.5

  2.0

February

3.04

77.2

12.0

 -1.0

March

2.14

54.3

22.25

 -0.75

April

5.04

128.0

20.0

  3.0

By the end of the first week of 2005 the Garden had already been soaked with 2.65 inches of rain including 1.48 inches (37.5mm) on the 7th Jan. As well as the rain there had been unrelenting wind, mainly south westerly, with gales all day on 7th peaking at strong gale force that evening, followed immediately by an almost equally strong west south westerly for a further 12 hours.   Numerous trees toppled in the woodland, their roots so lubricated with soil moisture that they were unable to counter the constant battering of their aerial parts. Unsettled but generally mild conditions prevailed until the final week of the month when the airflow slackened but turned cooler.

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