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The team of volunteers who look after the plants in Broomfield Conservatory and open it to the public twice a week had another successful year in 2017.  June Dawes sums up the year.

Broomfield Conservatory volunteers enjoy some rare January sunshine while celebrating another successful year.  The team won an Enfield in Bloom Gold award in 2017 - the Conservatory Committee chair, Elizabeth Dobbie, is in the centre of the front row, holding the cup

It has been another good year for the Conservatory in Broomfield Park. Our team of volunteers, pictured above, welcomed over 7,000 visitors in 2017, an increase on 2016. We held various well attended events throughout the year including workshops on planting a turf head, sketching, jewellery making, cuttings and looking after orchids. Marc Harris provided live guitar music and vocals and of course we ran several fund raising plant sales.

Of particular interest this year were the different sizes and shapes of gourd, the revamped carnivorous plant collection and our pink banana flowered for the first time. Our efforts were recognised by Enfield in Bloom with a gold award - the cup features in the picture.

Despite the cold damp weather outside there is a lot in bloom now in the conservatory including the colourful ‘bird of paradise’. So come and see us Wednesday or Sunday afternoon 2-4 pm and watch out for our 2018 programme of events.

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