Soil Association

Garden Organic



We are the local group of both Garden Organic (Henry Doubleday Research Association) and the Soil Association. We aim to promote organic gardening and environmentally friendly lifestyles. We are a small and friendly group with members who range from complete beginners to experienced organic gardeners and ex-professional growers. There is therefore a wealth of experience and interaction of ideas which all our members are enthusiastic to share.

We produce an e-mail newsletter to keep you up to date. We have regular indoor meetings with speakers and discussion groups as well as farm and garden visits in the summer months. Our talks have ranged from herb growing to climate change with lots of speakers on vegetable and fruit growing. We have visited leading box scheme suppliers, gardens such as Loseley and Wisley, all with expert guides, and toured local organic farms.

Our indoor meetings are normally held at the Friends Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham starting 8.00pm. The programme for Autumn 2017 is set out below.

We welcome new members and are also delighted when members wish to become actively involved in the organisation of events and/or serving on the committee. Membership costs £10 per person for the calendar year. We charge half that amount for those joining after 31st August. If you are interested in joining or just coming along to a meeting (£2 donation suggested) then please contact our Membership Secretary, Michael Knights by e-mail mandjknights99[at]btinternet.com (Please replace " [at] " with "@". The address is shown here without the "@"sign to reduce spam) or phone 01403 822334.

Forthcoming Meetings 2017

Details of the Autumn 2017 programme, to be held at the Friends Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham starting 8.00 pm:-

Saturday 7th October: Talk by Melissa Waddingham: The role of fungi in plant growth and woodland management and truffle cultivation

Melissa has done much research and we should be in for an informative and stimulating talk. Following her talk Melissa will lead us on a half day fungal walk on Wednesday 11th October for members only, booking required.

Saturday 4th November: AGM and Video presentation

Do come along to our 32nd AGM; you will get a say in the future of our Society. We would welcome suggestions for speakers (affordable please!) and topics for meetings.

After the AGM we will have a video presentation on an organic or ecological topic.

Saturday 2nd December: Wholefood Supper and Quiz Night

Bring some food to share and your own plates and cutlery. There will be a light hearted quiz and also a raffle, prizes welcome.

Saturday 6th January 2018 - No meeting

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