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 Unitarian Church Hall, Worthing Road, Horsham starting 8.00pm. The programme for Late Winter/Spring 2018 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 £12 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 2018

Details of the Late Winter/Spring 2018 programme, to be held at the Unitarian Church Hall, Worthing Road, Horsham starting 8.00 pm:-

Wednesday 7th February: Illustrated Talk by Barry Newman: Vegetable Growing in Raised Beds

Barry Newman is a well-known grower, exhibitor, lecturer and judge. He is a member of the RHS Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee. He is also a Britain in Bloom judge. He lives locally. He discussed raised beds in his talk "The Modern Kitchen Garden" which we heard a few years ago. This talk goes into greater detail on how to plan, construct and crop a raised bed for maximum production.

Wednesday 7th March: Illustrated Talk by Carrie Cort: Greener living ideas which don't cost the Earth

Carrie Cort, founder of the multi-award winning Sussex Green Living, a community environmental awareness and education initiative, will be sharing small steps that everybody can take to live in better balance with the natural world which is trying to support us.

Carrie trained in 2012 as a voluntary WSCC Waste Prevention Advisor, she is an Eco School assessor and last March 2016 she travelled to Manila, Philippines, where she trained with the former US Vice President Al Gore and leading climate change scientist in climate reality communications.

She is one of the founders of the Horsham Repair Cafe. More information: www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk and www.horshamrepaircafe.org.uk

Wednesday 4th April: Speaker or theme to be advised

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