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Listening  to gardening experts on a wide range of subjects is the main reason for  joining Fagus.  Lectures are held on the third Monday of the month in  the Methodist Hall, Silver Street Nailsea, 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.   Arrive before the talk and book a garden visit, chat to fellow members and see what is on the notice board.

Fagus  hold 9 to 10 lectures each year: there is no lecture in December. The  Annual General Meeting is held in February, and in either June or July  the lecture is replaced with a summer social event.

We  try to cover as wide a range of topics as possible to cater for all  tastes from specific plant lectures, travelogues, garden design and  topics of a more general horticultural nature.  Each talk lasts about 1  to 1 1/4 hours and the evening is concluded by any business  announcements.

Most  years there will be a special lecture with a well-known speaker.  These  events are very popular and are usually ticket only, with members being  given priority. In recent years guest speakers have included Adam Frost, Chris  Beardshaw, Dan Pearson, Jekka McVicar and Carol Klein.

See here for the programme of talks for the year.
Garden Visits

Fagus  organises garden visits throughout the year.  Priority booking is given  to members but if there are spare places guests are very welcome. Often the aim of the visits is to see 'less public' gardens.  Garden  visits are announced in the Fagus Newsletter and can be booked by post  or at the monthly meetings.  The cost of each visit is based on the  number attending.

Day Visits
Day visits are usually to two gardens and, if possible, for one of the gardens to have a nursery attached.

Short Breaks
Fagus  also organise visits lasting one or more nights to gardens further a  field, both at home and abroad.  The itinerary ensures that each day is  used fully to visit gardens or nurseries so that those special plants  can be purchased.  In past years Fagus has visited Brittany, Italy,  Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

See here for more information on the programme of garden visits.


Every member receives a newsletter, which is produced three times a year, usually March, June and November, informing them of forthcoming lectures, garden visits, and Fagus news.

Members are very welcome to contribute to the newsletter and to advertise charity open garden events. Articles must be submitted at least one month prior to publication; copy deadlines and editors contact details are in the newsletter.

We are very grateful to Nigel North at Middlecombe Nurseries, Wrington for sponsoring the Newsletter.
Social Events

Fagus aims to hold one social event each summer.

In past years this has taken the form of a garden party or a cream tea at the home of one of our members.

This is a very good way to get to know other members. Tickets are sold prior to the event and members are very welcome to bring guests.

See pictures from past events:

Notice Board

At  each monthly meeting there is a notice board filled with gardening  related information such as garden visits, gardens open, plant sales and  other items of interest.

As the chairman only has time to read out  Fagus notices at the end of any meeting members are encouraged to  advertise their gardening events.
As space is limited please restrict  posters to A4 or A5.

Make sure that you have a look, as there is always  something of interest.

Fagus  members are privileged to obtain valuable discounts from local garden centres.

Members please see the Member Area for details.

Plant Sales

Members  are welcome to bring along their surplus plants to sell at monthly  meetings.
To ensure that plant sales are always of a high standard the following rules must be observed:

Plant Quality
  • All plants should be cleanly presented and free from loose compost/earth.
  • Plants  for sale should be established in their pots and not newly potted i.e.  the roots should have reached the sides of the pot.
  • Every pot/bundle should have a label showing the following:
    • Name of plant on the front of the label
    • Price on the front of the label
    • Initials of the vendor on the reverse of the label
  • Plants  not in pots should be suitably divided into manageable pieces, wrapped  in polythene and tied so that the contents do not spill out.

  • Sellers should arrive at 7.00 p.m. to be ready to sell from 7.30 p.m.
  • Plant sales must stop at 7.50 p.m to give members time to be seated for the lecture.
  • All plants sold must be placed in carrier bags or boxes to avoid spillage.
  • Anyone selling plants must be responsible for putting up/taking down sales tables.
  • Sellers must cover their tables with polythene.
  • Sellers must provide their own float and carrier bags/boxes.
  • Sellers must bring a cloth, dustpan and brush and clear up any spillage on their sales table and the floor.

We are sorry for all these regulations but it ensures that both the buyers and the hall caretaker are satisfied.
Showa Gloves

At  monthly meetings Fagus sells Showa gardening gloves at discount prices.   There are three types, all available in small, medium and large:

Showa 310 - a sturdy cotton backed glove suitable for all general gardening work. This glove is also available in size 10/extra-large.

Showa 370 - a lightweight nitrile palmed, cotton backed glove, which is useful when weeding, potting up plants and pricking out.

Showa 451 Thermal - similar to the Showa 310 but with thermal lining.  Great for winter jobs such as picking up leaves, weeding and digging - and as they are safe to come into contact with food, keep a clean pair on one side when you need to defrost the freezer!
Charity Table

Fagus  is keen to support local charities. Members are encouraged to give the  committee names of charities that Fagus might like to support. The  committee choose the charity in March of each year and the funds raised  are given to the charity in the following February.

Our charity for 2019 is Home-Start North Somerset, Support and Friendship for Families.

Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, particularly if they have little support from family and friends when they need it most. For some parents it’s a particular struggle because they are also having to cope with issues such as post-natal depression, their or their child’s illness or disability, isolation or multiple birth.
That’s when parents need support.
That’s when Home-Start North Somerset can help.

A carefully selected volunteer, who has parenting experience themselves, regularly visits a family, in their own home, offering emotional and practical support through difficult times for as long as it is helpful or needed. This friendly parent-to-parent support is a simple yet effective way of enabling families to get back on track.

The  money is raised by contributions that members make to the monthly  Charity Table and donations of plants, garden produce, and other garden  related items such as books, seeds and tools are most welcome. Donors  are requested to take home their unsold donations at the end of the  evening.
Come As A Visitor
Visitors are always welcome at monthly meetings and pay £4.00 per meeting. For ticket only events visitors do not pay £4.00 but need to have a valid ticket. We aim to have a committee member available to welcome and host visitors.
If you come along as a visitor and at the end of the meeting you decide to become a member, your additional visitor's fee of £2.00 will be refunded.
Come along and give it a try!
How to Join Fagus
The annual subscription, which runs from March to February, costs £18 for an individual or £25 for two people at the same address.
You can download & print off an application form by clicking on the pdf link here.
On joining members are given a membership card, which has details of the programme of speakers for the year.  This signed card can also be used to obtain discounts ( See discounts here )
In February there is an Annual General Meeting as detailed in the Constitution. See here for the Constitution.
Members are charged £2.00 per meeting they attend on top of the annual subscription. This includes the chance to win a garden related prize at the end of the lecture.
The easiest way to join Fagus is to come along to a meeting and join on the night. Just ask at the reception desk for the Membership Secretary.
Our membership Secretary Annie Esler would be pleased to discuss any queries on 01934 834556
Just a reminder membership fees are now due. Because of the present situation, if you have not already paid please post your membership fee to:

Mrs A Esler, Well Cottage, Streamcross, Claverham BS48 4QB.

Alternatively  if you wish to cancel I would be grateful if you could let me know.
Annie Esler, Membership Secretary.
Fagus Constitution

Amended 2020

  1. Title
The title of the Society shall be FAGUS
  1. AIMS
The aims of the Society shall be to further the interests of its members in all aspects of gardening and directly associated activities.
  1. Membership
    1. An application for membership must be signed by the applicant who, on payment or renewal of the first subscription shall be deemed a Member of the Society and to have to abide by this constitution.
    2. The Executive Committee shall have the power to expel any member whose conduct in the opinion of the Executive Committee renders that person unfit to be a member of the Society.  No member shall be expelled without first having been given the opportunity to appear before the Executive Committee.
    3. The Executive Committee may elect any person as an Honorary Member for such period and subject to conditions as they think fit.
    4. A Member shall be deemed to have resigned from the Society if the subscription is more than 2 months overdue.
    5. The Executive Committee shall have the power to waive or reduce subscriptions in special circumstances for a period not exceeding one year at a time.
    1. The annual rates of subscription shall be determined by the Executive Committee and ratified at the Annual General Meeting of the Society.
    2. The financial year shall run from 1st January to 31st December; the membership year shall run from 1st March to the end of February and the annual subscription shall be due at the beginning of the membership year.
    3. An attendance charge shall be payable in respect of each meeting attended.  This charge shall be determined by the Executive Committee and ratified at the Annual General Meeting of the Society.
    4. For special or guest speakers a higher attendance charge might be required.
    5. Two members resident at the same address shall be eligible for a joint rate of subscription.
    1. All monies payable to the Society shall be received by the treasurer or other such officer as shall be appointed to receive the same. All funds belonging to the Society shall be deposited in the Bank/or Building Society in the name of the Society. Payments to third parties will be made by cheque signed by two of those persons appointed by the executive committee and mandated by the bank unless card payment is required.
    2. The society may also hold credit and debit cards associated with bank accounts held by the Society. The cards will be used only under those circumstances where cheque payment is impracticable. The credit card may be used to secure hotel bookings and to settle overseas invoices. The cards will be held securely by the treasurer. Statements will be available for inspection at all times by the executive committee if required.
    3. Audited accounts of the Society funds shall be presented at the Annual General Meeting.
  4. Honorary President and vice president
    1. The Committee may appoint distinguished individuals to the honorary positions of President and Vice President.  The President and Vice President may sit on the Society’s committee and may vote.
  5. Membership of the Society’s committee
    1. The management and administration of the affairs of the Society shall be vested in an Executive Committee consisting of:-
      1. The President
      2. The Vice President
      3. Three principal officers to be elected at the Annual General Meeting namely the Chair, Secretary and the Treasurer
      4. Nine elected members
    2. Nominations for Officers and Members of the Executive Committee must be seconded and received by the Secretary in writing not less than 28 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.  Prior permission of any person being nominated must be obtained.
    3. Elected committee members shall serve a term of no more than 3 years except in case of principal officers of the Society, the Membership Secretary and the Speaker Secretary.  These five members shall stand down each year but shall be eligible for re-election each year subject to serving normally a maximum of 3 years, but extendable to a maximum of 5 consecutive years.
    4. Elected committee members and co-opted members standing down from the committee shall not be eligible to stand for election or to be co-opted for a period of 12 months.
    5. The executive Committee may fill, by co-opting, any vacancy which may occur.  The person filling the vacancy shall retire at the next Annual General Meeting following their co-option and shall be eligible for election.
    6. The Executive Committee may co-opt not more than 3 additional non-voting members for a period of up to 12 months.  These co-opted members to stand down at the next AGM.
    7. The committee shall appoint one of its number as Vice Chairman
    8. A quorum of the Executive Committee shall consist of five persons to include not less than one officer.
    9. The Executive Committee may appoint the Editor of the Newsletter in an ex-officio position, which will be ratified annually by the committee.
    1. The Executive Committee may appoint sub-committees for carrying out specific work or duties connected with the Society.  Members of such sub-committees need not necessarily be members of the Executive Committee but at least one members of the sub-committee must be a member of the Executive Committee.  Unless otherwise decided by the Executive Committee, all sub-committees shall elect their own Chair and have the power to co-opt not more than 3 members.
    2. The Executive Committee may alter the membership of any sub-committee at any time, and no sub-committee shall have the power to act on behalf of the Society unless expressly authorised to do so by the minutes of the Executive Committee.  No sub-committee may spend money on behalf of the Society or enter into any obligation on behalf of the Society, unless expressly authorised to do so by a minute in writing of the Executive Committee.
    1. An Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held each year at a date, time and place decided by the Executive Committee.  Written notice of the Annual General Meeting together with particulars of the business to be transacted thereat, shall be sent by the Secretary to each member of the Society at least 42 days before the meeting.
    2. Items to be raised by members under Any Other Business must be notified to the Secretary in writing not less than 14 days before the Annual General Meeting.
    3. The Annual General Meeting meets to:-
      1. Receive and if approved to adopt the annual report and an audited statement of the accounts to the end of the last preceding financial year.
      2. Elect the officers and members of the Executive Committee
      3. Deal with any other matter the Executive Committee desires to bring before the members and to receive and consider suggestions from the members for consideration by the Executive Committee
    4. Should more nominations be received than there are committee vacancies a secret ballot will be held with the members present at the AGM being eligible to vote.
  8. Extraordinary general meeting
    1. An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened by direction of the Executive Committee or on request in writing signed by not less than 25 members of the Society stating the purpose for which the meeting is desired.
    2. Notice of day, time and place of an Extraordinary General Meeting and full particulars of the business to be transacted thereat shall be given not less than 21 days before the meeting.
    3. No other business may be transacted at an Extraordinary General Meeting.
  9. Amendments to the Constitution
The Constitution shall not be added to, amended or rescinded except at an Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society and then only with the consent of not less than 2/3rds of members present at the meeting and not less than 25 members.
  1. Dissolution of the society
A decision to wind up the Society shall only be taken at an Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting that is attended by a minimum of half the total membership. There must be a majority vote in favour of the proposal to wind-up the Society by those attending the meeting.  In the event that the decision to wind-up the Society is agreed, the meeting shall then go on to appoint a Committee of not fewer than three and no more than seven individuals to oversee the disposal of the Society’s assets. The meeting shall give a clear indication to that Committee as to how any remaining funds should be used.  The Committee appointed at this meeting shall abide as closely as possible to the wishes expressed.

February 2020.
Data Protection Policy
Fagus Data Protection Policy

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation.  It is legislation that applies in the UK from 25th May 2018.  It has many similarities with the existing UK legislation – The Data Protection Act 1998, although with added requirements and responsibilities.
Storage and processing of your membership information held securely on the Fagus database may be used in the following ways:

  • To process your membership payment each year
  • To send you news and information of events and activities organized by Fagus
  • To send you governance information including meeting dates, minutes and agendas
  • To update your information

As from May 2018, the membership form that you sign to join Fagus indicates your acceptance of Fagus securely holding your contact details.

Fagus will retain your information until you decide otherwise.

If you would like to change or update any information that we hold, please contact the Membership Secretary. By email to:

By post to: Mrs. Annie Esler, Well Cottage, Streamcross, Claverham, North Somerset. BS49 4QD


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