Birthday talk for Beds

PR 49631st October 2005

The Friends of The Withey Beds will celebrate their first birthday later this year. To mark this special occasion, the Friends are hosting an informative talk about the history of the National Willow Collection and the biomass industry as well as the work of Rothamsted Research.

Rothamsted is almost certainly the oldest agricultural research station in the world. It has an international reputation as a centre of excellence for science in support of sustainable land management and its environmental impact. The talk will be presented by Dr Ian Shields, who works at Rothamsted Research, and will be held at Three Rivers District Council Offices on Monday 7 November at 7pm.

As The Withey Beds was once used to grow 'withies' (willow used to make such products as fencing and baskets) the talk will be especially interesting. Everyone is welcome to come along. For more information residents can contact Kay FitzGerald at or on 01923 727105.