Welcome to Church Crookham Garden Society

16th December 2016

Church Crookham Garden Society, Fleet, Hampshire UKA vibrant garden society active in Church Crookham, FLEET, Hampshire. We hold several annual events and shows and run a comprehensively stocked stores hut with discounts for members.

HISTORY

Church Crookham Garden Society was formed in 1954 as the Ryelaw Garden Society. It was founded by residents of Ryelaw Road as an outlet for their interest in gardening.

At some time in its early stages, the Society began marketing garden supplies and until 1997 traded from sheds located in Moore Close.

The name of the Society was changed to Church Crookham Garden Society to reflect the wider residential location of its members.

Shows were organised and now two shows per year are held, one in the spring and one in late summer.

In 1997 the ground occupied by the Society’s sheds was subject to planning consent for residential building and the Society moved to a purpose built concrete structure located in the car park of the Crookham Memorial Hall in Sandy Lane, Church Crookham.

The Society is run by two committees:

  • Main committee
  • Show committee

Each committee is made up of elected members, and is chaired by the Society Chairman.

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June gardening Tips

31st May 2020

Bearded iris

Talk about blowing hot and cold, wet and dry! This Spring has been so changeable, that it has made planning crops or splitting clumps of perennials very difficult to do successfully.  The late frost caught my beans and potatoes, to my dismay.

In spite of last Summer’s drought, rhododendrons and azaleas have performed well in my garden.

There are still jobs that must be done in hope of kind weather continuing… here are some suggestions:

Ornamental garden

  • Gently remove spent flowers from Camellia, and rhododendrons to make room for the leaf buds emerging behind. You can also trim back overgrown shoots to make the shrubs more compact, next year’s flower buds will form on the new growth of side shoots that this stimulates.
  • Divide bearded irises after flowering; plant with the rhizomes facing south.
  • Sow biennials like sweet William, viola and wallflowers
  • Divide spring-flowering bulbs.
  • Remove spent flower heads of Euphorbia by cutting flowered stems to ground level. Wear gloves for this, the sap causes skin irritation.

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Trading Shed Re-opens for Members

29th May 2020

Alec Grant (Chairman) writes :

I trust that you and families are well and staying safe in these difficult times.  During lock-down I would hazard a guess that you have been gardening and in need of items from our trading shed.

We are delighted to announce that the trading shed will re-open on revised hours and conditions in order to accommodate the Covid-19 2m social distancing rule and possible transmission of the virus.  The health, safety and well-being of our members and volunteers is our highest priority and hence the new process will be as follows:

  • As a member you can now view the attached list of goods and send an order by email or text to the Chairman, Alec Grant alecjgrant[at]icloud.com or 07856 532477.  Alec will confirm or otherwise if the required items are in stock and the total price for you to pay by Bank Transfer (BACS) direct to the CCGS account – sort code 40-21-27 account 01459961 using your name and member number as a reference. Please note that there will be no cash taken at the shed
  • We would prefer not to receive cheques but if you are unable to make a bank transfer then send your cheque made payable to Church Crookham Garden Society to the Treasurer (Roger Greenhalgh – 15 Kent Road, Fleet). – please ensure you annotate the envelope with CCGS
  • Following receipt of funds you will get a collection date and time (15-minute intervals).

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