Welcome to Church Crookham Garden Society

27th April 2021

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.


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. A potted history about the success story by founding members to cultivate the local sand can be found here…

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.

Garden Society Trading Hut News

The trading shed is open on Tuesdays from 6-7pm (18:00 to 19:00) on the 14th, 21st and 28th September.  Then it will be closed until February 2022.

Our Harvest Supper and quiz is to be held on 8th October at 7.30pm (19:30) in the Willis Hall.  Entry is free for members.  Please bring a dish of food for 6 people.
We look forward to seeing you then, if not before.
Liz Kirton

Trading Hut, Church Crookham Memorial Hall, Sandy Lane, GU52 8LD, (opposite the Wyvern pub).

2021 Price list – click here

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.


Summer Show 2021 Report

11th September 2021

I think it is fair comment that the 2021 Summer Show was a good success.  The Judges said the entries were of a high standard, especially considering the weather we have had recently.  The Judges also left comments on a number of entries which were most appreciated by our members.  We received 185 entries from 17 members with prior notification of 154 entries. This compares with 183 entries from 22 members last time.  The system of prior self-completion of entry cards seemed to work well with a smoother start to the Show.

We had a good number of visitors in the afternoon and 6 new members joined up on the day.

2021 Summer Show
185 entries from 17 members

The winners were:

ARyelaw Vegetable CupLiz Kirton
Runner-upJan Parker
Ryelaw Floral Cup Gillian Rose
Runner-upMargaret Edwards
Kempshall CupNot Awarded
Ryelaw Blue RibandGillian Rose
Lady Reid CupAnn Lyford and Margaret Edwards joint winners
Ryelaw Rose BowlCelia Brook and Helen Howard joint winners
President’s CupGillian Rose
Banksian MedalJan Parker
Charles Murrell CupRobert Brook
Gladys Murrell Cup Ann Lyford
Domestic CupAnn Lyford
Longest Runner BeanMichael Kelly
Ryelaw Junior CupJake Howard
Junior RosetteGeorge Clarke
Fruit Supremo RosettePauline Bennetts
Richard Leavey CupJennifer Kelly

September 2021 Gardening Tips

31st August 2021

After 2020’s bumper harvest of apples, I have a very meagre crop this year, but the pears are looking hopeful.  The seasons have been later this year: wind and rain have taken a toll.

The rain has made hoeing weeds useless and, as a result, I have been hand weeding – the compost heaps are piled high! ….until last week when the drying north wind set in.

Here are some jobs you could do:


Pumpkins and Squash be stored in a shed once they sound hollow when you tap them

Harvest: Apples and pears, onions, main crop potatoes, sweetcorn, pumpkins and squashes. All apart from sweetcorn can be stored in a dark dry place. Sweetcorn cobs freeze well.

Autumn fruiting raspberries and beans will continue to need picking or they will stop producing more.

Collect seeds to share or keep for next year; store them in labelled paper bags or envelopes somewhere cool and dry. The garden Society runs a seed swap at their Spring Show and at the trading shed later.

Plant:  daffodils, crocus, hyacinth and Muscari (wait until November for tulips); start to plant overwintering onions and shallots

Divide:  herbaceous perennials that are overcrowded.

Take cuttings: of tender perennials like Fuchsia, Pelargonium, Salvias and penstemons and overwinter under cover.