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Leading horticulturalist to speak on ‘The Greening of Bridgwater’

INTERNATIONALLY-renowned horticulturalist Roy Cheek will be the guest speaker at the first ‘live’ meeting of the Bridgwater District Civic Society next week.

The meeting will be held at the Victoria Centre, Victoria Park, on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Attendance is free for members and £3 for non-members.

Roy Cheek, whose lengthy CV includes numerous TV appearances, the co-authoring of four books and acting as a judge at the Chelsea Flower Show, will be speaking on the subject of ‘The Greening of Bridgwater’.

A civic society spokesperson said: “Local resident Mr Roy Cheek will be giving us a talk drawn from his vast knowledge of plants from around this country and the world.

“He started his career many years ago and eventually became the Head of Horticulture at Cannington College, where he taught many students who have gone on to hold prestigious jobs – including Charlie Dimmock.

“Over a 20 year period he has gained many awards for exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show and is also a judge there and at many other shows.

“He holds many positions in different roles including plant heritage and the Royal Horticultural Society, having developed plants himself as well as developing eight national plant collections.

“On retirement he became a consultant advising many large gardens locally, countrywide and abroad, he has also been involved in TV programmes here and abroad.

“He now travels the world leading plant and garden tours and using his love of photography has a huge number of slides to help his talks, plus his work has been used in books and other publications.”

For more information please contact Dave Chapple on 07707 869144.

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