Speaker: Jim Payne of Walnut Tree Garden Nursery
Time: 10 am for 10.30 am start
Cost: Members £6 Guests: £9
After some years working at the Plant Breeding Institute in the pathology department in Cambridge Jim Payne read Environmental Studies at the Hatfield Polytechnic. This led to a decade working for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) developing and managing the Asia Pacific element of the World Protected Area Database for inclusion in the United Nations list of national parks and nature reserves. Jim was also involved in the evaluation of the UNESCO World Heritage nominations. In 1998, with his partner Clare Billington, Jim moved to Norfolk to start Walnut Tree Garden Nursery. The nursery continues to nourish Jim's interest in all aspects of plants, both cultivated and wild.
Oak trees are the very essence of the British countryside. They are rightly cherished and valued as our single most important tree. In this talk Jim looks at the history of our oaks, from the end of the last Ice Age to an uncertain but optimistic future. The crucial contribution oaks make to our landscapes, the rich cultural and historical heritage and the critically important wildlife value of oaks are all covered in this colourful and lively presentation.
Directions: From junction A47 on A14 take the A1088 byroad, signposted Elmswell, up the hill, past the church, fork left (signposted Blackbourne Centre) and follow the signs, over the railway crossing, shortly turn right (signposted Blackbourne Centre) and carry on through the housing estate to the end. Plenty of parking.
Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell, IP30 9UH