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  1. Hi the CPS has been working with the Dorset Ecology Group several years to clear S. purpurea from a bog near Wareham in Dorset where it has become very invasive and is threatening native bog plants. The original intention of the land owner was to apply glysophate and kill the lot but was persuaded to allow the Society to remove plants and many hundred (perhaps thousands) have already been removed. The Eden Project took several hundreds. Several patches are being retained on the site for research purposes. We are meeting with the Dorset Ecology Group again on Thursday 27th June to continue with this . minorwork and to remove flowers from the remaining patches. In addition to the purpureas there are large quantities of native sundews and an adjacent large pond has U. minor in abundance. We are looking for volunteers to help with this work so if you could make it please PM me. cheers Dennis Balsdon
  2. Welcome to the forum Nick. You might like to go to Paul McKeown's open day in Watford on Aug 3. Details here: https://www.thecps.org.uk/events.php?eventid=23 Dennis
  3. Hi thought you might like a pic of d. modesta v donaldii. Enjoy. Dennis
  4. Hi There are two parts to the AGM: the first is concerned with Society business (receiving committee reports, voting for committee members/trustees, changes to the governing document/subscription rates etc); the second consists of talks on various aspects of CPs including cultivation, habitats etc and the auction. The first part is restricted to members for obvious reasons. The second is open to anyone. Dennis
  5. Hi Matthew has a huge range/number of plants available. He will not run out. Dennis
  6. Mrs Bell hasn't appealed.
  7. Mrs Bell has been removed as Chair of the CPS and events organiser. She has not been removed as a member. Dennis
  8. Hi Stephen you won't have received more recent Planta Carnivora because your CPS membership expired in August 2016. The latest edition is with the graphic designer prior to going to print. Dennis
  9. Hi In recent years we have moved the End of Season Meeting from RHS Wisley to Birmingham. Initially attendancce was very poor but we now get around 30. The fact that the majority of members live in the South of England means that it is sensible to hold the AGM there rather than (say) the North of England where we have few members. Of the committee, 2 live in SW England, 4 in SE England, 1 in Manchester, 1 in Derbyshire, 3 in Wales and 1 in Ireland. For me to attend the AGM entails a 400 mile round trip. I haven't missed an AGM for 30 years. Dennis
  10. Hi If you don't know me my name is Dennis Balsdon and I was Mrs Bell's predecessor as Chair of the CPS. In the past few years: We have hosted the European CP Exhibition and Exchange. We have hosted the International Plant Society Conference at Kew Gardens which was attended by Sir David Attenbdorough and over 160 of the leading botanists and growers from around the world at which we made a profit in excess of £5000. We have introduced new CP events and shows at RHS Wisley, RHS Harlow Carr, RHS Rosemoor, RHS Tatton Park, The National Botanical Garden of Wales and at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Members of the committee have given over 200 talks at garden clubs and at other institutions including the RHS. For the last two years we have been invited to the RHS Chelsea Garden Show at which we won silver gilt medals. We have made grants from our conservation fund to 6 organisations both in the UK and overseas which are involved in plant/habitat conservation. We took over the CPUK forum when it was in danger of folding. We have tried to promote our relationship with the UK's commercial growers. We have maintained our membership numbers at over 300 for the last ten years at a time when many specialist plant societies are shedding members. All this has been done by a dedicated group of volunteers who give of their time, expertise and in many cases their own money in order to enable the Society to achieve its objectives. Some of these volunteers have served on the committee for decades. For part of this time Mrs Bell filled a number of minor roles on the committee. We have always had difficulty in recruiting new members onto the committee (particularly for the position Chair) but in the last year we have managed to recruit a new membership secretary, a new seed bank organiser and a new conservation officer (Loakesy). Late last year I decided that due to my advancing age and health issues it was time that a younger person took over from me. Mrs Bell volunteered to be Chair and was elected by unanimous vote of the remaining committee. I was elected by the committee to be a non-executive trustee of the Society. Mrs Bell was appointed as a trustee by virtue of being the Chair. Following her appointment as Chair I pointed out to Mrs Bell administrative issues which I thought needed to be improved and she had the support of me and the committee in making those improvements. Mrs Bell then undertook a review of the Society's procedures but rather than make those changes in cooperation with the committee she decided to write to the Charity Commission in which she claimed that the Society was so badly administered that she wished to dissolve it and form a new organisation to replace it. She has stated on many occasions that the Commission had approved this action but has not been able to produce evidence of this approval. She then proposed that a Special General Meeting be held with the aim of dissolving the Society. It was at this stage that opposition to her arose from the committee members. She then persuaded me to resign as a trustee implying that this was supported by the committee. This was not true. She also persuaded Tim Bailey (my predecessor) and Flick Foreman (a past treasurer) to also resign as trustees. The only other remaining trustee was Phil Wilson (the current treasurer) who refused to resign. In this letter she made a number of accusations to the effect that the Society was so badly administered that it should be dissolved and replaced by a new organisation, that there were financial irregularities, that decisions were improperly made and that we had no records of those decisions. Taking these points in turn: I and the committee accepted that some changes to our administrative practices needed to be made; there have been NO financial irregularities, all expenditure has been made in furtherance of the Society's objectives, receipts are held for all expenditure and the accounts are published at the AGM and End of Season meetings; the committee is spread out across the country and 99% of all decisions are made via email. We have these emails going back at least 10 years. During her time on the committee Mrs Bell took part in these decisions. We have the minutes of all AGMs except for 2017 and 2018. This was a recognised oversight. As a trustee Mrs Bell had access to the the Society's file on the Charity Commission website. She changed the password to this file so that the other trustee could not access it. Despite not having any agreement from the Charity Commission for her actions she wrote to the Commission stating that she was appointing four new trustees (one of whom is not a member of the Society) and that she and they would form a "board" to takeover the Society. She has repeatedly stated that she has approval for this action from the Commission but has but is unable to produce it despite many requests. The committee passed a vote of no confidence in Mrs Bell and removed her as Chair. She was replaced as Chair by Phil Wilson who will serve until we can find permanent replacement. She has ignored this vote and now describes herself as de facto chair and de facto trustee. Her actions have brought the Society into disrepute to the detriment of its reputation, its members and the achievement of its charitable objectives. I know that the committee is determined to defend the Society. Dennis
  11. Hi some time ago I downloaded from somehwere a video of tadpoles grazing on S. psittacina. Due to my own ineptitude I cannot now find it on my laptop or in my backups - I probably inadvertently deleted it. I've searched every likely site I can think of to no avail. Does anyone have it or know where I can find it? thanks Dennis
  12. Hi Folks here is a list of CP events for the next couple of months. Details of open days are shown on our website (www.thecps.osrg.uk) JULY 14th - Stephen Morley Open Day 19th - Chester Zoo National Nepenthes Collection has been cancelled because of on-going building work. 21st/22nd - Hampshire Carnivorous Plants Open Day 10th-12th - Great Yorkshire Show (WacksWickedPlants) 18th-22nd - RHS Tatton Park Flower Show (WacksWickedPlants) 19th - Driffield Show (WacksWickedPlants) 24th-26th - New Forest &Hampshire CountyShow (The Flytrap Plants) 28th/29th - Chorley Flower Show (WacksWickedPlants) AUGUST 4th - Paul McKeown Open Day 4th/5th - P&J Plants Open Day 2nd-5th - RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show (WacksWickedPlants) 10th/11th - Shrewsbury Flower Show (Mike King) 11th/12th - RHS Harlow Carr CP Weekend (The CPS & WacksWickedPlants) 16th-19th - Southport Flower Show (WacksWickedPlants) 17th/18th - RHS Rosemoor Flower Show (WacksWickedPlants) 18th/19th - RHS Wisley CP Weekend (The CPS & Sarracenia Nurseries) 26th/27th - Edenbridge & Oxted Show (The Flytrap Plants) Enjoy! Dennis
  13. There will be - it just takes a little time to put an obituary together and get it right. It will also be in the next edition of Planta Carnivora and the ICPS Newsletter. Dennis
  14. John Sirkett - Open Evening Saturday 16th, June 2018 - 5pm- 10pm A fabulous collection with a vast array of plants. Home built grow areas adorn Johns' vast garden. John also grows many other plant species. Must be seen to be believed! Contact Details: Address: Carn View, 46 Lanner Hill, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 6DA Join Us / Renew Contact Us Members Log In Home >> Events Dennis Balsdon - Open Day Sunday, 17th June 2018 - 10am onwards The main attractions are large sarracenia and Heliamphora collections, but there are two 12 x 8 and one 8 x 6 greenhouses stuffed with CP's as well as numerous cold frames, mini bogs etc. There will be many plants for sale in aid of the CPS Conservation Fund at bargain prices/swap and I hope that other people will bring plants along too. A buffet lunch will be served by my catering manager. Contact Details: Address: 13 Stella Road, Preston, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 1BH Email: [email protected] cheers Dennis