About

Church Crookham and Fleet Garden Society

 



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 and since 2022 Church Crookham and Fleet Garden Society.

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 welcomes new members. It is run by two committees:

  • Main committee
  • Show working party

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

Annual Subscriptions
As a Not for Profit Society these are deliberately kept low to encourage membership and participation and are currently £5 per person. Do please enrol early in the season at the sales shed and collect your new 2023 membership card, as your receipted membership card must be shown before purchases can be made.
Do we have your Email address? Please check we have it right when renewing membership.

Spring Show
A spring show is held during March or April. Classes in the spring show are restricted to spring flowers, pot plants and flower arrangements. (See members’ handbook)

Annual Show
An annual show is held at the end of August. At this show there are classes for :

  • flowers
  • vegetables
  • flower arrangements
  • pot plants
  • domestic produce (cakes, jam etc)

 

Sales Shed
The sales shed, located in the car park of the Crookham Memorial Hall, is open on Saturday mornings, at 10:00 to 11:30h between February and September. It is for members only but new members can join at the shed.
The range of goods available is extensive, from composts and fertilizers to twine and canes. Most of the goods on offer are at prices that are considerably cheaper than garden centres and DIY shops.
The sales shed is manned by volunteer members. It is a condition of membership that members help out at the shed when required. We currently have 12 teams of helpers who do three Saturdays per year. In addition, we have a small pool of reserve helpers who stand in for team members to cover holidays or other times when they are unavailable. We are always on the look-out for additional helpers.
Other products that are available include pesticides and herbicides, lawn-care products, ant and slug killers, plant pots and trays, grit and vermiculite.
Due to very limited shelf life, seeds and bulbs are not stocked. Garden tools are not stocked due to low turnover.

A complete list of items available from the sales shed can be found in the “Trading” section.


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Did You Know?

Frogs toads, newts, hedgehogs, slow worms and grass snakes are all great eaters of slugs so I would like them to stay in my garden. An untidy heap of sticks and leaves in a quiet corner will give them somewhere to hibernate. Do, please, remember this before lighting a bonfire!




Spring 2024 : Church Crookham and Fleet Garden Society, Trading Hut News

 
Trading shed
 

The trading hut (fully re-stocked) will be open on Saturdays, 2024, 10am -11.30am  – until October

Wishing all our readers “Happy Gardening 2024”

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

Click here to view/download July 2023 Shed Price List

 



Plant Sales
On most Saturdays, members bring their spare plants to swap or sell
Members who have spare plants, such as bedding or pot plants, offer them for sale and donate 10% of the takings to the Society. This sale is at the same time as the shed opening.



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