Member's Benefits & Activities

By the very nature of things, there's inevitably a surplus of such home produce from time to time. Here the group comes in handy, for members can swap, barter or sell their surplus to others, finding a ready market at our monthly meetings on our barter board or on the the sale tables.

Members who don't have a large garden can particularly benefit, by obtaining fresh produce at keen prices. We have a wholefood purchasing club where members can buy a wide range of healthy foods at bulk discount, as we combine all the orders to buy in bulk at wholesale prices. We also have occasionally had a stand at various popular local rural shows, giving members an opportunity to sell their surplus direct to large numbers of the public, while also publicising our activities.  Didling

What else do we do?  Well, our monthly meetings attract speakers on a wide range of subjects, from composting to beekeeping, countryside regeneration, to poultry keeping, pest control to crafts, exploring the countryside to maintaining equipment and learning constructional skills. Many of the speakers are well-known in their field, and some have additionally written books on their subjects or been featured on TV.

Each year we generate & place a bulk order for seeds from the Organic Catalogue so obtaining a bulk discount . Members have already been offered a 5% discount of all purchases at Rotherhill Nurseries. Rotherhill is just off the A272 Petersfield to Midhurst road, a small turning nearly oppersite the turning to Elsted., then turn left again up their track. One of the conditions is that members must show their membership card, so we have quickly reintroduced these (now in a convenient credit-card size)!

Photograph: taken during a members' visit to "Diddling Good Charcoal" for a private tour of their greenwood timber frame house and garden.

The group's club affiliation has recently changed to the RHS [used to be HDRA] which means the club gets one free group visit to RHS Wisley each year. This started in 2019 when we went at the end of August on a lovely hot sunny Sunday. This alone can re-coup your annual family membership fee. We also have a RHA membership card that will give discount entry for two people.

Meetings are very informal and friendly and anyone is free to raise any problem or subject and gain the benefit of other members' opinions on it. We also have social events like our popular Christmas Social, our Summer Barbecue, various visits and farm walks - see more photographs of these on our Events page.

Our monthly newsletter, "Growing Together", keeps members in touch with events and offers, and often includes helpful articles and tips on matters of interest. The newsletter is available for members to download from this website, or some prefer it posted in paper form.

We also hope to fill in between the monthly meeting with social networking on our facebook group .