Sheringham Horticultural Society

This society has been in existence for many years. Originally, it was formed to assist and protect allotment holders in the local area. In the 1950s the title changed to include all gardeners in Sheringham. The Society then had a number of allotments available to members for a nominal rent. Many kept goats, hens, ducks and even cattle on their plot, as well as growing some vegetables and maybe a few flowers.

Right from the start regular meetings were held with talks from local gardening experts. Two shows were held in spring and late summer. In the 50’s and 60’s the main attraction was chrysanthemums. These were hotly contested, press cuttings show that the blooms were massive. Other entries were vegetables, fruit, floral art and home produce.

Over the years the venues have changed, currently we hold our regular monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month from March through to October. They start at 7pm with tea, coffee, biscuits and a raffle. Speakers come from all over the county and include plant breeders, food producers, garden designers, charities and occasionally radio gardeners. Often the speakers bring plants or produce for sale. These meetings,and the spring show in April, are held at St Joseph’s Parish Hall. In recent years the summer show has been held at the Lighthouse in August. This venue provides us with plenty of space and light to show the entries off at their best.

Currently there are 25 allotments, on land that the Society was able to buy in two parcels. To apply for an allotment you have to join the SHS and then you may get one straightaway or go onto the waiting list. Members get discount at local suppliers of horticultural items. New members are always welcome.

For further information contact Ian Hudson on 01263 837147.