Summer Newsletter 2018


Sunday 24th June 2018 to SHALFORD HOUSE, Kingsley Green, West Sussex, GU27 3LW

By very kind permission of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis. This private garden will be open on this day exclusively for SHF Clubs.

Garden open from 2.30 to 4.30 pm Teas Available @ £2.50 pp. Entry £5 each which will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis charity.

In a south facing bowl, reclaimed from a wilderness to the current sloping lawns, borders, terraces and pergolas. A stream runs down to ponds; there is a 30 acre arboretum and a prairie garden. Sorry, not suitable for wheelchairs, and no dogs in garden, but they can run in the woodland parking area. To find it : Kingsley Green is on the A286 from Haslemere to Midhurst. Turn left into Square Drive, then left again after approx 500 yds by the list of houses name boards, and go right to the end of the (very narrow) lane – parking signed.


In early March we had the pleasure of listening to the Head Arborist at Kew, Tony Kirkham, with a fascinating and informative talk on ‘Trees – A cut above the rest!’ It was a very interesting afternoon and we all learnt a lot from a man who has come from a Forestry Apprentice here in Surrey to the job he has now which takes him all over the world not only in charge of the thousands of trees at Kew, but advising with important parks and Botanic Gardens.

This talk covered how trees were lifted and replanted years ago, through plant collecting in China in the footsteps of the great plant collectors, then a wide range of his favourite plants, and onto current planting methods and ideas on how not to stake a tree! He signed his books for members in the tea break, and answered questions afterwards. A very enjoyable day!

Our next Spring talk will be on 10th March 2019, and will be Nick Bailey, with ‘365 days of colour in your garden’.


Several of the SHF clubs were at the new Affiliated Club Forum at RHS Wisley the other day, and probably the most talked about item is this new act which comes into force in May. However, the RHS are not able to give any guidance about this as they say they are not lawyers, and neither are we! They suggest you look at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) official website, but we found this very confusing and not helpful to small organizations. Hampshire Federation have sent the following out to their members, and we feel it may be helpful to you:-

You do not have to register with the ICO if your organisation was established for not-for-profit making purposes and does not make a profit or if your organisation makes a profit for its own purposes, as long as the profit is not used to enrich others. Under the Data Protection Act, you must:

  • only process information necessary to establish or maintain membership or support;
  • only process information necessary to provide or administer activities for people who are members of the organisation or have regular contact with it;
  • only share the information with people and organisations necessary to carry out the organisation’s activities.

Important – if individuals give you permission to share their information, this is OK; and

  • only keep the information while the individual is a member or supporter or as long as necessary for
    member/supporter administration.


In a nutshell: Most, if not all, organisations affiliated to the HFHS are therefore likely to be exempt from registering with the ICO. However, all organisations must comply with the Data Protection Act as outlined above – this is not new.

The Surrey Federation have put a brief notice on the Homepage of our website, but we will be amending our next subscription form to include an item where you have to tick to allow the Federation to use the information you give us for purposes of maintaining contact with clubs. Hope this helps, but we cannot give any further advice!


Could you amend your current lists as follows:- Lecturers List:

  • Mr. Richard Bailey has retired.
  • Mr. Caradoc Day wishes to be removed from the list Judges List: Mr. L. Apted has retired following a serious stroke.
  • Mr. Mark Dobell’s address is now 3 Derwent Close, Horsham, RH12 4GW
  • Mr. Neil Hope’s address is 11 Sumner Place (not Summers Place) though he is hoping to move.


We would like to welcome Hale Gardening Club (near Farnham) who has joined the Surrey Horticultural
– perhaps if they are in your area you would like to make contact and offer some joint events? Woking Fuchsia Society has rejoined as Woking and District Gardening Group and sadly Midhurst has resigned, but we have still got a record 96 clubs!


Many thanks to our Chairman Richard Tabor for this report on Ewhurst Horticultural Society.
When Janet, our SHF Secretary, asked me to write a short piece about my own club, it made me realise the diversity of clubs that form the Federation Membership. The one common bond seems to be an enthusiasm for a wide range of things we like to call ‘gardening’ from specialist societies to jam making.

When I looked into the history of Ewhurst I soon also realised how my club has evolved and changed over time. It was formed in 1881, making it one of the oldest in Surrey and it has continued ever since, apart from the war years. I have been very lucky in having access to a little printed book on the club written nearly 30 years ago.

In 1904 the show was held in a marquee on a local farm with stands of greenhouse plants from local estates, together with classes from allotments and cottage gardens (cottager classes). Also included were children’s classes for collection of wild grasses and flowers (which would be very non-p.c. now!) This was accompanied by a local band followed by all the local boys with mugs of tea marching up to the farm, together with smaller children being transported on wagons and horseback. Our original title was the ‘Ewhurst Horticultural, Industrial and Allotment Association’. It was not just a Summer Show, but more of a community event in those early days, with children’s sports, a band and a barn dance with much drinking in the evening.

From the sixties onwards many changes to the aims of our club have occurred. It became the Ewhurst Horticultural Society, regular winter talks were introduced which still prove as popular today. Some ten years ago, with the great help of a bequest, we introduced a special talk each March held in a larger venue in the village, with a speaker with a national reputation, which has proved popular amongst our members and friends from nearby clubs. It also saw the start of Spring and Autumn Shows, but even today in the village the Summer Show remains one of the highlights, with it (every other year) being held in a marquee in conjunction with a Village Carnival.

So with an enthusiastic Committee and a membership around 200, who knows what our future will bring?


Surrey Wildlife Trust have developed a Bees’ Needs project working with Reigate and Banstead Council to create innovative, bee friendly allotments. Allotments make great bee habitat, with more bee sightings than in parks, gardens and the wider countryside. But we can do better!

Many allotments have unused areas, unproductive patches or edges that can be easily transformed into bee friendly habitat. We have created a ‘Bees needs’ allotment leaflet containing useful information that can be downloaded and shared. There is an online link to the leaflet here:

The Wildlife Trust is also holding is a competition in conjunction with Squires Garden Centres for Wildlife Garden Awards. This is open to Private Gardens/Schools/Businesses and Community gardens, and entries close 31st July 2018. See the main website above for full details, or ask us to forward on a poster.

DATES 2018 – Council Meetings:

Onslow Village Hall (Guildford) Committee Room: Fridays 1st June and 19th October


Normandy Village Hall, Sunday 28th October, 2018

Please note that the quiz is a light hearted one – though not always easy! We would like to clarify that three members from one club must form a team, though your club can enter more than one team.

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