Gifford Trees

by John Sheldon I've not been in the Yester School grounds for a very long time and was astounded to discover the 'conker' tree in the boundary hedge border. Sir Nicholas Fairburn QC was brought up in Gifford and looked after by a Mrs Jennings. Her son still lives in the village. When she died Fairburn wanted a tree planted at the school in her memory and donated a Horse Chestnut sapling. I was something in the Gifford Horticultural Society at the time and was asked by a member of the Community Council to carry out the planting. There was no consultation with the council but I knew that the safest place would be in the boundary- well away from the grass mower and hidden from the eyes of coun

Flower Show Schedule is now available - lots of activities to try out at home!

Although we don't know what's going to happen over the coming months, one thing's certain - the garden will keep growing! We have now published our our schedule for the Flower Show and whether or not we will be able to go ahead with the event in August, we hope you will find lots of inspiration in the schedule for things you can have a go at in the meantime, especially when we confined to home The flower show schedule is not just about flowers, fruit and veg, there are also ideas for: * Children's activities for all ages * Creating a scarecrow - for all the family! * Crafts and handicrafts - knitting, sewing, photography, painting * Baking and preserves We've also got a lovely pattern for a

UPDATE - Annual Outing Postponement

27 March 2020 Update: given the current COVID-19 situation and restriction on travel, sadly we will be postponing our planned outing. The committee will assess the situation in July with a view to a possible outing in September if the situation allows. Members who have already paid a deposit will have it refunded. Thank you to Helen Lee who has already put so much work into planning the trip and we all hope we'll be in a position to reschedule for later in the year. The outing will take place on Friday 5 June. Leaving Gifford square at 09:00, returning around 18:00. Our first venue is Manderston House, the home of Lord Palmer ( Here we can visit the formal and informal gar

Talk - Logan Botanic Gardens - 11 March 2020

Curator Richard Baines will join us to talk about the wonderful Logan Botanic Garden, in one of Scotland's farthest flung corners, in the Mull of Galloway and with a climate that's nearly sub-tropical, hosts a range of plants that we can only dream of in East Lothian! Logan's avenues and borders feature a spectacular and colourful array of half-hardy perennials and the garden is warmed by the Gulf Stream which enables plants from Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America and Southern Africa to thrive. Gifford Village Hall, Wednesday 11 March 2020, 7.30pm

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