December 11, 2018

Save the date!! Sunday 11th June

Sand Hutton & Claxton Village Hall Plant Sale

Sunday 11th June

We are planning a day of gardening events as a community project that will centre round a special plant sale, featuring plants of all descriptions grown by people in our villages

All ideas welcome

Join our team of growers

Help to plan associated events


Contact Angela – 468396

Caroline – 468376

Fiona – 468001

Philip – 468525

Litter Pick

Don’t forget the Spring litter pick this Saturday 25th.

Equipment such as litter pickers, rubbish bags and ‘high vis’ vests will be available and as usual it would be a good idea to wear walking boots/sturdy shoes and gardening gloves.

Afterwards, come and enjoy a bacon sandwich (or veggie option) and refreshments back at the Village Hall.

Meet at the Village Hall car park at 10.30am Saturday.

Please help to keep our villages tidy, it really is worth the effort.

Plant Fair

 SAVE THE DATE!!  Sunday June – 11th 10.30am – 3.30pm  Village Hall   

Plant Fair in aid of village hall funds. Lots of varied plants to buy, art sale, wood crafts, garden advice and much more. Plus refreshments all day.

More to follow ………………….

GFT Gardening Club 7.30pm Thursday April 6th : Behind the scenes at Chelsea

On Thursday the 6th April at 7.30 PM Roger Burnett, Chair of the UK Judging Panel for Britain in Bloom and a well known local speaker, will be giving a presentation titled “Behind the Scenes at Chelsea

You’ll all have seen this fabulous show on TV or, indeed been lucky enough to visit it. This is the opportunity to learn more about how such a wonderful array of gardens and displays all comes together.

Roger began his horticultural career as an apprentice in the nurseries at Scarborough before attending  Askham Bryan College.  He’s since held various posts with the Authority, including heading up the Parks Service for almost 20 years, and now has over 40 years’ experience in civic horticulture.

Currently he’s Community Environment Officer for Scarborough Council, where he’s a great advocate of community involvement and has a keen interest in using community horticulture to regenerate disadvantaged areas through empowering local people.

Roger is a member of the Yorkshire in Bloom Executive, has been a Britain in Bloom judge since 2003 and is currently Chair of the UK Judging Panel, responsible for moderation of all the judging teams.

He is a well known and much enjoyed speaker at local gardening clubs” A friend of mine, who’s heard Roger give this Talk, says it’s of real interest to all gardeners and entertaining.

We very much look forward to a good turnout and an enjoyable evening. If you have some friends who you think would enjoy it please bring them along too.

Best wishes


Women’s Institute

Ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton and surrounding areas!

This Month’s meeting is on Thursday 16th and our speaker for the evening is from Ryedale Food Bank who will be talking about the work they undertake.

If you would like to join us for what promises to be a very informative evening, you would be most welcome.

We start at 7.30pm in the village hall and visitors pay just £3.50 at the door which includes refreshments.

For further information about joining the WI please contact Angela at
New members are always welcome – this year is the 71st anniversary of Claxton & Sand Hutton WI

Camping tent

For sale:

Used only once:

Peakland Stanedge 5 man tent.
Gelert 140L holdall.
Two Multimat foam floor mats.
One 10 litre collapsible water container.


Please contact Karen Hamilton on 07725 442128 or

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 4 March 2017: Grand Designs

Another bonus of being in Sydney in late summer is that Magnolia grandiflora are just coming into flower and I get to walk past them every day. They’re beautiful, but they’re also giving me a lesson in botany. I’ve been able to see what goes on within the flowers because the trees down our street are only adolescent, sexually mature but not so tall that I can’t see the flowers. Feels a bit rude really, but my attention was drawn to them by seeing a wasp (bee? I don’t know Aussie insects) fumbling around in a pile of stamens, while in another flower, a similar bee/wasp was undressing the female part of the flower by tearing off the stamens (well, flowers are about sex).

“Grandiflora”, yes, but we can’t really call them “grand design”; they’re the product of the marvellous Darwinian process of natural selection. Magnolias are particularly interesting in evolution because they are one of the first plants to develop flowers as a way to persuade beetles to visit (bees came on the scene later) and help them with the difficult business of getting pollen to the female parts, and thus to accomplish fertilization. This enormous scented flower signalled to the beetle that here was pollen to eat (no nectar yet, other flowers worked that one out); the beetle who was itself evolving and needing a way to make a living, came, scrabbled around in the stamens, and bumped into the female structures – and the rest is history.

A brilliant consequence of evolving flowers to please insects is that we humans are seduced too; to quote from a book I’ve just bought “those who are forming gardens should always give magnolias their first consideration when planting”. What a grand design on the part of magnolias, to plan for 90 million years ahead! Take that, Kevin.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries: 1 February 2017: Handkerchiefs waving

I was showing a visitor round Ray Wood the other day, to see the beautiful witchhazels in flower. A lovely experience; they’re so tall, you can walk under them, and you’re surrounded by their flowering branches, and their exquisite smell. But round the corner and up the hill, there was an even more exciting thing – Davidia, the handkerchief tree, was laden with fruit. I had noticed last summer that it had been covered with flowery handkerchiefs, and now here was the outcome – they’d waved goodbye and turned into plums.

Strangely, I now have three Davidia fruits sitting by the sink – dull brown lumps, but they say so much. I’ve already told you about the plant-hunter, Ernest Wilson (“Chinese Wilson”) and how he brought back seeds of Davidia; he had a truly dreadful trip to find this tree he’d been instructed to visit but when he got there, it had been cut down a few days earlier. Later he found some more, and all was well; indeed, several thousand Davidia seedlings were produced by the nursery that sent him.

I often try to imagine what it might have been like to be Wilson finding the tree that became his favourite (mine too) and it makes the fruit sitting on my sink so special. They’re here because of him, and so they carry in them such a story (not only the grim details of finding more trees, but then waiting out there for them to produce fruit, climbing to collect them etc etc). Not only that, these fruits on my sink carry another challenge for me – how do I get the seeds to germinate?
And of course, they carry the potential to be trees, 50 foot high or more. If I succeed, they’ll be covered in pocket-handkerchiefs waving hello.