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FoSL's 2018 AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday 11th April(*) at the Baptist Church Hall, Field Way, Mill End.  Our guest speaker will be John Little of the Grass Roof Company. John's talk will be entitled "Making a Wildlife Garden".

(*) NB 11th April is the correct date. Unfortunately our 2018 events calendar and our January 2018 newsletter both showed the wrong one.

John Little is a Brownfield Gardener who has dedicated his 4-acre garden in Basildon, South Essex, to experimenting with the ethos of reimagining industrial landscapes. He thinks of brownfield sites as “the rainforests of the UK”. He wants to bring brownfield design back into the landscaping of gardens. Essex has the most brownfield sites in the UK. It’s also one of the driest areas in the UK, so could be an indicator of the possible future effects of global warming. An entomologist has studied the brownfield section of John’s garden, and confirmed it is the most biodiverse area within the 4-acre plot. You can learn more about John and his work by following this link.

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Thursday April 6th at Rickmansworth School. The guest speaker was Lesley Davies, Director of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. Lesley gave a talk on the Trust’s work and its new 5 year plan for Stocker’s Lake. Minutes of the meeting can be downloaded from here.