MANORBIER & District Gardening Club met on March 21 at the Giraldus Centre, Manorbier’s new community hall, when Steve Whitehead, Head Gardener for Colby Woodland Gardens, gave a fascinating talk about Colby's past, present and its future.

Steve described Colby’s coal mining past and showed pictures of the original mining shafts which still exist on the estate. He went on to explain how the gardens came to be managed by The National Trust today, with a pictorial display of the many beautiful plants, shrubs and trees that can be seen in the wooded valley.  

Steve aims to encourage younger people to be involved in gardening and wildlife, with various courses on offer for children and young adults.

The next Gardening Club meeting is planned for Thursday, April 18, 7.30pm at the Giraldus Centre when Chris Taylor, the local Ranger for Pembrokeshire Coast Park, will give an illustrated talk titled ‘Wild Bees - How Climate Change Has Already Affected Wildlife in Pembrokeshire’. There will also be a plant, seed and magazine table, along with refreshments and a raffle. 

Garden, nature and wildlife lovers are all welcome to join. Contact Maggie Chance on 07736 749705 or [email protected].