Winter programme 2021-22


5th October 2021

Welcome back and subs night followed by a short talk from Fliss Lewis from Wool Shred. Fliss has a flock of sheep and the wool sheared from the sheep is then shredded. We will hear more about the uses in the garden for this product. 

19th October 2021:  Ian Ellis – Wey and Arun Canal Trust

Ian is a volunteer speaker for the trust and will be giving us a talk on the history and current projects that are being undertaken by the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. 

2nd November 2021:  Penny Green – Knepp Castle Estate. 

Penny will be making a return visit and giving us an update on the rewilding project and other up to date information regarding the Knepp Estate.  

16th November 2021:  Jamie Harris – Leonardslee Gardens

Jamie is the new Head Gardener at Leonardslee. He will be giving us a talk on the ongoing work at Leonardslee Gardens and the current plans and planting schemes. 

30th November 2021:  Clive Gravett – The Budding Foundation ‘The Museum of Gardening’

Clive’s talk is about the history of the lawn and lawn mowers and the Museum of Gardening.  There will be a few exhibits from the museum for us to see with the screen presentation.   He will also give us some information about the charity work he does with young people. Clive will also have available copies of his book to purchase entitled ‘Two Men Went To Mow’

14th December 2021:  Christmas Social – The Manor Players

We once again welcome the Manor Players for our Christmas social. They will be entertaining us with seasonal and popular songs. There will also be a Christmas raffle, food and soft drinks. 


11th January 2022:  AGM and Quiz Night

We will have our usual short AGM followed by tea and cake.  We will also have a quiz, and provide details of this year’s evening visits and outing. 

25th January 2022:  Ian Everest – Shepherds of the South Downs

We welcome back Ian Everest.  Central to Sussex farming in past centuries, and to the economy of the area, were the thousands of sheep that grazed on the Downs. The shepherds, who spent their solitary lives caring for their flocks, were a familiar part of the local countryside. Ian tells us their story. 

8th February 2022:  David Bridges – The Warnham Butterfly Project

A beautiful illustrated talk by David about his work creating and managing habitats for butterflies – and other wildlife – in Warnham, and how we can do more to conserve butterflies in the ‘ordinary landscapes’ which occupy a large part of West Sussex. 

22nd February 2022:  Chris Stewart – The Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful

Inhabitants of your garden are not plain and boring. What is lurking outside? What new pests are coming your way? Some are the gardener’s friend and a joy to espy but be prepared to be scared!

8th March 2022:  Inter Society Quiz. 

It is our turn to host this year’s event where our neighbouring Horticultural Societies will be battling to win the trophy. Refreshments will be served and we will have our usual raffle.