Charlbury Garden Society

Wild flowers of the Cotswolds, talk by Craig Blackwell

'Wild flowers of the Cotswolds', talk by Craig Blackwell, former County Ecologist for Oxfordshire

17 Mar 2022 7:30 p.m.

  • Memorial Hall
  • Brown's Lane
  • Charlbury

Craig Blackwell was County Ecologist with Oxfordshire County Council between 1990 and 2009, where amongst many other projects, he was involved with restoring and managing mineral sites such as gravel pits and limestone quarries to improve biodiversity and access, setting up the Lower Windrush Valley Project and the Saltway Local Nature Reserve, and creating a network of road verge nature reserves including several close to Charlbury.

Craig was also closely involved with the Wychwood Project which was launched at the Dean Pit Nature Reserve which he established.

After his retirement in 2009, Craig continued involving himself with various local biodiversity projects. He recently initiated a scheme at Chipping Norton Health Centre to create a herbaceous border attracting bumblebees and other invertebrates throughout the summer, an initiative that has since been followed by a number of other Surgeries and Health Centres throughout the County.

This talk will be held in the Memorial Hall and will be free to all current members. £3 at the door for non-members.

Refreshments will be available from 7:15pm. Talk starts at 7:30pm.

On behalf of the speaker, we'd like to suggest that you do a lateral flow test beforehand, if possible. Our speaker lives with a vulnerable family member and we would like to support them as much as possible. As with last month's talk, chairs will be spaced out and the room ventilated. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are not a member currently and haven't yet renewed your membership, see our membership page for information about how to join/renew.