CHELTENHAM HORTICULATURAL SOCIETY

 

Holidays

Each year we organise a horticultural holiday for members and their friends to a new and interesting destination.



Our holiday organisers, Wendy and Richard Acres, are planning a holiday in June 2017 to Kent and Sussex based  in Eastbourne.  This includes visits to:


      Wakehurst Place (also known as Kew in the country)

     Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens

     Tunbridge Wells

     Great Dixter House and Gardens

     Battle

     Sheffield Park

     A train ride on the Bluebell Railway including a high tea

     Visit to Brighton

     Savill Garden

 


Contact details for Wendy and Richard can be found on our `Contact Us` page





Click here for Normandy Holiday Review

 



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Garden visits

Each year the Society organises several day trips to carefully selected public and private gardens and nurseries for the benefit of our members. These trips are usually well supported and early booking is advised. Travel is normally by comfortable air conditioned coach. 

In recent years we have had wonderful trips to Wisley,  Highgrove in Tetbury, Charlcote Park, The Dorothy Clive Garden and Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire and Hestercombe in Somerset and so many more.

                                                                           
 Day Trips 2017


There are no trips planned at the moment but we will be organising two for 2017 and details will be shown here once we have done so.




















Click here for RHS Wisley visit review
Click here for Lady Farm and Kilver Court visit review
Click here for Dorothy Clive Garden and Wollerton Old Hall visit review

 


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Giving

The Society raises money each year for local charities and good causes by holding plant sales and raffles. Recently, we have been inspired by the wonderful work done by Chris Evans, the owner of Dundry Nurseries in Bamfurlong Lane, Cheltenham who has created The Butterfly Garden, an educational, therapeutic and recreational scheme, based initially on gardening, but now offering so much more. It is a project for people of all ages dealing with disablement of any kind. It caters for those looking to escape the world, those looking to re-enter it and some, who are still just looking. It's doors are open to anyone without obligation.
For more information please go to The Butterfly Garden
In June 2013, the Society sold plants donated by members and others at the Prestbury Open Gardens Weekend and raised £524.32 for charity, which was divided equally between St. Mary’s Church in Prestbury and The Butterfly Garden.


Gloucestershire Tool Amnesty 2013
During August 2013, the Society collected 569 garden hand tools for The Conservation Foundation, a charity co-founded in 1982 by David Bellamy OBE to promote environmental awareness, participation and education. Seven other gardening clubs and two local garden centres took part and the majority of the tools have now been transferred to HM Prison Cardiff where they will be refurbished in educational workshops to provide new skills training for the inmates. When they are finished, they will be returned to Gloucestershire and donated to schools and community projects encouraging the next generation of gardeners and helping those less fortunate than ourselves.