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COVID-19 and BOG

All BOG events up till the end of July 2020 are cancelled. In July we’ll review the situation.

All BOG events up till the end of July 2020 are cancelled. In July we’ll review the situation.

Ilona McDowell, BOG’s Chair, writes:

Hello to all you BOG members, in these very strange times. I wanted to let you know that I, and others at BOG are mindful of the great suffering and uncertainty this epidemic is spreading, and we sincerely hope that none of you or your dear ones fall ill with the virus.

Within the big picture our losses at BOG are very small. Unfortunately we had to cancel the Climate Change meeting, and both the fantastic sounding visit to Shiellow Wood and the Greener Melrose talk from the Soil Association. The office holders in BOG are all behind this message.

All BOG events up till the end of July 2020 are cancelled. In July we’ll review the situation.

However, as a group of folk who garden, aren’t we blessed? Especially as its spring. We have a “world” unaffected by Covid-19 – the world of growing plants and wildlife. Being outside gives us a chance to get exercise and change our scene. Outside we can see, smell, hear and touch beautiful things. We can see other humans and even communicate directly with them, even if it is at least 6ft apart.

So, I commend you to garden like you never have before, because every other year in the future you will have more in the way of competing demands. To help you with this, we will try to give you some “food for thought” now and again. To begin with, Dave Allen, who is one of our founder members and writes for the Glasgow Saturday Herald, has written an encouraging article about the current situation –
https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/18323653.gardening-dave-allan-self-isolate-garden/

Best wishes for spring gardening,

Ilona McDowell
Chair BOG

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