Programme 2022

Monthly meetings and activities 2022


4th January 2022
Farming a Sicilian Olive Grove  

Archaeologist Sarah her Sicilian husband live in Malmesbury but also run a family farm in Sicily, returning each year to tend to the trees/harvest and process the olives. She is also a qualified olive-oil sommelier (yes, they do exist!). Her talk will cover:

  • The archaeology and history of olive oil production
  • Their experience of rescuing the family’s neglected olive groves, replanting, learning to prune, and setting up a small olive oil business (S. won an EU young entrepreneur award for this) See
  • Olive oil tasting: looking at the differences between some well known Spanish, Italian and Greek oils, and supermarket basic.


1st February 2022
Gardening to encourage and support Birds 

What can we as urban gardeners do to help birds? Mike Priaulx of Islington Swifts will talk about the garden birds we can expect to see in our part of London, the things that we can grow to support them, gardening does and don’ts, and gardening for wildlife in general.

1st March 2022
AGM and the Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston Progress Report

This year we combine our AGM with exciting news and a progress report on the work of our friend Gideon Corby and the Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston. If you don’t already follow them you can keep abreast of activities on their instagram account @wghaggerston.

Tuesday 5th April 2022

We’re delighted to welcome Terry Lyle, honorary trustee of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, to speak at our April meeting. His exceptional knowledge of wildflowers has helped to make the Cemetery Park a colourful haven for butterflies and other pollinators and to put it on the map for the capital’s nature lovers. Terry was for 22 years an environmental education officer of a local charity, working with schools and community groups to enrich parks, school grounds and community gardens for biodiversity and education. Learn about the beauty, benefits and history of east London’s wildflowers.


Easter Sunday April 17th 2022
Dawn Chorus Bird Walk in Abney Cemetery

Andrew Peel of the RSPB will lead a guided tour of Abney Cemetery park. There are only 15 places available for this event at £5 per person. If you would like a ticket please email us.

Sunday April 24th 2022 – 11am
DBG Spring Plant Sale outside 22 Northchurch Terrace (opposite St. Peters)

Monday 2nd May 2022
Paul Wood spring tree walk

We welcome back Paul Wood to give us another of his wonderful tree walks – this time as the trees come in to leaf and blossom. Meet at 6pm at Haggerston Station.


Tuesday 7th June 2022
Johnny Le Huquet – A Pocket Sized Prairie

Johnny talks about the planting in his garden on Southgate Road which is open as part of the National Garden Scheme on 10th July 2022.

Monday 4th July 2022
King Henry’s Walk Garden – Tour

Nicola Freshwater will be giving us a tour of King Henry’s Walk Garden  and answering our questions. Wine will be served afterwards and we will have the opportunity for a long-awaited social.

Sunday 7th August 2022
Coach Trip from de Beauvoir to RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show

Cost approximately £25 per person to cover transport. Please email if you would like to reserve a seat. This trip is open to anyone – not just members.

Sunday 4th September 2022
Flower and Produce Show (plus dog show)
We are back! Full details HERE.


October 4th 2022
Plants for Shade with Susanna Grant

Shady plant purveyor, Susanna Grant runs East London plant shop Hello There Linda. She will talk about her new book ‘Shade’ which is published by Bloom in April 2022 and share her ethos – ’work with the light, grow the right plants, bring dark corners to life’.