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East Reading Horticultural Society

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The Society was formed in January 1941, originally as an Allotment Holders Association largely as a response to the “Dig for Victory” campaign. The principal aims were to promote the interests of allotment holders and gardeners by supplying seeds from Suttons, together with fertilisers and garden sundries, and to give advice where possible. These aims still remain.

At its inception, the membership was 30 and its first President was Mr E. P. F. Sutton. Trading originally was conducted from sheds on various allotment sites in the area until, in 1961, Reading Council built our existing trading emporium (better known as “the shed“) which they leased to us. Extensions were added in 1967 and 1975. Subscription at the outset was 5p per annum.

Talks were introduced from the start and garden visits from 1953. In recent years we have visited the RHS Malvern Show, the BBC Gardeners’ World exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, RHS Wisley and many other gardens within reasonable coach travel distance. In addition, the annual theatre visit has proved popular.


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The annual small subscription includes a monthly newsletter which can be delivered (if you live on one of our delivery rounds), picked up at the trading shed or received via email. The last of these methods results in your getting it early most months.

This web site contains examples of our newsletter, a form to use if you wish to join and other useful or informative documents.

Check out the “Contacts” section if you would like further information.