Oxford – Please Confirm!

It’s been a little while since I last posted an update on the status of the upcoming meeting in Oxford, so I thought I would do a quick post.

Please Confirm Your Attendance by 20 August

The following bloggers have said they may attend.

Those marked with a * have already confirmed, or I’m pretty sure are going to come, and don’t need to reconfirm.

The number next to the blog name is the number of seats I have reserved for you.

Bifurcated Carrots (2)*
MustardPlaster (2)
Spade Work (1)
Daughter of the Soil (1)
The plot thickens (1)*
Joanna’s Food (1)*
Growing Our Own (2)
The smallest smallholding (2)
A Blog Called Fuggles (2)
Veg Plotting (1)
Soilman’s Allotment Blog (1)*
My Tiny Plot (1)
Manor Stables Veg Plot (1)
Fluffius Muppetus (2)*
NomeGrown (1)
A Nice Green Leaf (1)*
Hills and Plains (1)*
Horticultural (1)
Speaker:  Real Seeds (1)*

Total people attending:  25

Total number of seats available: 25

Please check to make sure the information I have here is correct, and let me know if it’s not as soon as possible!  If you need an extra seat, I can probably figure something out.  If you have an extra seat, please let me know!

If I don’t hear from you by 20 August, I will try to contact you directly.  If I can’t get a firm answer from anyone by 1 September, I won’t necessarily cancel your reservation unless someone comes along who says they want to come.  If you are still unsure by 1 September, you are welcome to wait until the last minute to see if there’s still space available.

If there is anyone else who wants to come, let me know.  If I have unconfirmed seats on 1 September, I will happily offer them to you.  At the moment I have no waiting list, and it seems likely at least one or two people listed above won’t attend.

It’s still the intention to find a place for everyone who wants to attend, if at all possible.


We have one speaker already arranged.  The Real Seed Catalogue have said they would send someone to meet with and speak to us.

We might consider a second speaker if anyone has concrete ideas.  The best thing would be if you contacted the person you were thinking of first and get an agreement in principle they would be available, then give me contact information and I will confirm it with them.

It needs to be clear to me the person is appropriate for our meeting.


I am still expecting the costs to be between £10-15.  It depends on how many people show up to share the costs, so I will calculate it on the day.

The cost of entrance to the Oxford Botanic garden is included in the price of the room we have reserved.  Please don’t pay the usual entrance fee, just tell them you are there for the food growing get-together.

Place and Time

20 September 2008, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Oxford Botanic Garden, High Street, Oxford

Please arrive between 9:30am – 10:30am for coffee and tea.  We will begin shortly thereafter.

Closer to the time I will publish a proposed schedule for the day.  Much of the time will just be spent socializing, and perhaps visiting the gardens, but there will be a few planned speakers as well as the picnic and seed swap.


Rain or shine we will have a picnic, so bring any food you want to share with others. Since most of us are gardeners, consider bringing something from your garden, but anything you want to bring is fine.

Also bring something to sit on, and anything else you want for the picnic.

Our room can be locked, so personal belongings can be left inside while we go outdoors.

In case of bad weather, we can eat indoors.

Seed Swap

Be sure to bring any seeds or other propagation materials you want to share with others. I will bring some seeds and other things from my garden.

The most interesting of course are seeds you have grown and saved yourself, but don’t be afraid to bring any seeds you think anyone else might be interested in.

You don’t need to bring seeds in order to receive them from others.

We Have a Banner


For more information see Simon’s post.

Phone Number

I will have my mobile phone with me on the day, and you are welcome to call anytime until then if you have any questions:  +31 6 40109417.

11 thoughts on “Oxford – Please Confirm!”

  1. Patrick,

    I can’t confirm just yet – can I leave it to later as I’m having the house refurbed and only get to oversee progress at the weekends.

  2. Oops Patrick – sorry I didn’t get back to you earlier. I’d still love to come please.

    I’m having a virtual garden opening for charity starting this Friday. It will include a trip to my allotment. Hope to see you there…

  3. Disappointment! Patrick I have just gone to write the event into my diary and realised I am running the Treaathlon for Trees for Cities that day in BAttersea at about 10 am. I wonder if I could still make it to meet up with you all in the afternoon though? I will think about it and get back to you before you get back from holiday.

  4. Thanks everyone for confirming. I still have to hear from a few people, and some others aren’t sure yet, but so far no one has said they can’t come (except for Emma T who might come later in the day).

    If anyone else reading this is still interested in coming, there will probably be space if you want to come, just let me know with a comment or email.

  5. Patrick
    Have you seen the site outlining the Oxford Symposium (linked on AgroBiodiversity) which is on the weekend before this? Theme of the papers – vegetables. Looks fascinating. I wonder if the exhibition at the Bodleian Library will still be viewable on the 20th.

  6. Hi Misshathorn,

    That’s an interesting coincidence! There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of biodiversity on the agenda however. We should certainly have a look for the exhibition.

    Shall we have a call for papers next year? :)

    By the way, the totals now are:

    14 people have confirmed
    3 cancelled + 1 person had a place reserved in error
    7 are undecided or unconfirmed

    There are at least 4 seats available if anyone is interested!

    I think we’ve also achieved critical mass and definitely have enough people to make the meeting interesting and worthwhile. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m really looking forward to this!

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