Chiddingfold Horticultural Society
The Chiddingfold Horticultural Society aims through its various activities to encourage all ages and all levels of gardening interest. We take an active part in our local community fostering links with the younger generation at the village school, the allotment group and everyday gardeners. For more information on the village projects we have supported please see our Gallery Page. Our society has been in existence for over 150 years and has seen many changes and styles in that time but always has been a strong part of village life.
We are a friendly and welcoming group meeting every third Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall at 8.00pm. Details of our dates and activities are on our Calendar Page. We want to encourage interest in all kinds of gardening no matter what type of garden people have or what their level of expertise is. To this end we have selected expert speakers, who at the monthly talks, help people with the traditional skills needed in gardening as well as keeping up with modern trends and new developments.
Membership offers excellent value for money costing only £10 (single) or £18 (joint). This provides many benefits including receiving a discount at many local garden centres, free entry to our three shows and plant sale, workshops and demonstrations. Please look at our Membership Page for full details.
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RHS Advice for December
As we approach the shortest day of the year in December you will need work to keep you warm outside, such as digging and tree pruning. Check your winter protection and if you have a greenhouse make sure the heater is working. Hopefully there are not too many jobs left to do this year so you will have time for some fireside garden planning.
Top 10 jobs this month
1 Check your winter protection structures are still securely in place
2 Check that greenhouse heaters are working
3 Insulate outdoor taps and prevent ponds from freezing
4 Prune open-
5 Prune acers, birches and vines before Christmas to avoid bleeding
6 Harvest leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and remaining root crops
7 Deciduous trees and shrubs can still be planted and transplanted
8 Take hardwood cuttings
9 Keep mice away from stored produce
10 Reduce watering of houseplants