Dan Wheals at the Quay

Greener Sudbury is delighted to invite you to the Quay Theatre on Tuesday 19th July 7-9pm for a talk by Dan Wheals, a fully qualified and practicing medical herbalist.

This will take place on the evening of Tuesday 19th July (7pm to 9pm) at the Geoff Kisby room on the top floor of the Quay Theatre.  Some of us have been to a previous talk by Dan and found it very engaging.  We’ll have a chance to try some herb teas and possibly venture out for half an hour to look at nearby herbs and gardening developments in the Quay grounds.

Admission is £4 from the Quay Theatre box office or on line.


Dan Wheals is a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and keen herb grower. Involved with local community gardens, green groups and transition town groups, Dan loves bringing community into his work as a herbalist. Community Herbal Medicine is about bringing the healing of herbs to people through medicine but also the power of shared experiences such as community gardening. Using Permaculture design and his experience with groups Dan will give a short talk about herbal medicine’s role in healthcare today and then take a herb walk to survey the areas intended for a community garden. Finally we will taste some freshly picked herb teas and there will be a chance for your questions.

Sudbury Open Gardens

Sudbury Open Gardens

 approx 17 gardens open Sudbury, Suffolk
Sunday 3rd July 2016
10.30am to 5.30pm

Gardens are open this year in and around Sudbury town centre. Refreshments will be available at the Cafe Continental in Gainsborough Street.

All proceeds to St Nicholas Hospice Care.

£5.00 adults, accompanied under 10s free.

How to get event passports:
Tickets from Tourist Information Centre, St. Nicholas Hospice Shop, Cafe Continental, Gainsborough Street, and participating gardens.

Further information:
Phone: 01787 882 529
Email: kathyart99@gmail.com
Web: http://www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk

Head for St Peter’s Church, center of market hill.

Coppins Farm Walk Update.

20160625_102442A sunny morning on 25 June attracted nine visitors to Coppins Farm for a nature walk led by John McGlashan.



20160625_112343There were rare specimens as well as an abundance of wildflowers to be found, including yellow rattle, red pimpernel, oxeye daisy, pyramid orchids and bee orchids. Thanks, John – and thanks to everyone who came along!


A bit of a sit down…

The tubs which we planted up behind Roy’s store in town are mostly doing very well – the only exception being the tub which is hidden towards the back wall. Too much shade and not enough water? We shall try to come up with a new solution to that problem.

Roys tubs.

Roys tubs

Roys tubs

Meanwhile, the plants we introduced into the beds behind the seats – including a small white lilac – appear to have survived and rewarded us with flowers. We hope that they make a difference to anyone who stops for a little bit of a sit down en route to and from Roys and Waitrose!

Coppins Farm

Next week we have planned a stroll through Coppins Farm in Alphamstone, CO8 5HE, led by John MacGlashan – click on the link to read about one of our visits in 2015.

DSCF4651John runs his meadows under the Higher Stewardship scheme, so he’s always interested to identify what is growing, flying and creeping about – we’ll bring the Complete British Wildlife photo-guide!  It’s happening next Saturday 25th June, meeting at the farm at 10am or sharing cars at 9.30am at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre car park.

Quay Update…

A great work party at the Quay on 2 June. A few new faces (and a couple of old familiar faces) to add to the mix, and a lot of good work accomplished – one corner cleared, with space made for a composting bin to use on site.



20160602_125254The area at the far end of the car park is quite over-grown, and it will take a bit of hard graft to get it ready for planting up, but what an amazing start – so much done in just a few hours!


DSCF7444Meanwhile, weeds and grass growing in the seating area also got a bit of a sort out. With all the rain we’ve just had, I expect we’ll be back again soon!