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Founded 1939 it is situated on the Newton Park West site alongside the park in Rayners Lane. Pedestrian entrance is by 321 Alexandra Ave just downhill of the Drake Road junction. Loading access for bulky items/large orders is via the access road by 1 Drake Road.

Open two hours every Sunday morning from 10.30 am to 12.30pm it stocks a wide selection of all the consumables any gardener usually requires sold at very competitive prices. Whether you want seeds, pots, composts, foods or poisons, netting, ground cover, hose adaptors or a whole host of many other items, it is always worth checking us out first.

In season we also stock bulbs and tubers such as daffodils, tulips, crocii, hyacinths, gladiolas, potatoes, onions (main and Autumn/japanese) etc..

Gardening advice of course is always freely available (and sometimes too freely available!).

Prune apple and pear trees

Inspect stored tubers of dahlia, begonia and canna for rots or drying out

Keep an eye on figs and olives & guard against frost by covering with sacking or old fleece in frost

Start forcing rhubarb

Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season

Keep putting out food and water for hungry birds

Cut off hellebore leaves at the base to discourage black spot disease and show off the flowers

Keep an eye on watering houseplants

Clean pots and greenhouses ready for spring


‘Heatwave’ and ‘Drought’ seem the key words this Summer. As gardeners and growers, I’m sure we would all vote for a little more rain and less blistering heat. Hopefully, the weather will not affect our harvest too much and there will be plenty of produce for you to share with us at our Show.

April’s AGM had little surprises with a poor turnout. On your behalf I thanked all those who have contributed towards the running of our Society with special thanks to the Officers who do so much, but we do need more volunteers to eventually replace us all if the Society is to thrive long term. So don’t take your Society for granted!

The best place to keep up to date with news, events bargains etc is at our Trading Shed.  More than anything – join in and support your Society, especially our Show in  September.

It is not too late to make some resolutions to get more involved in your society.

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The Society  urgently needs volunteers, without fresh blood the Society may have to close.

The commitment to the Shed Rota is not excessive just one two hour session every 5 weeks, just 10 sessions a year. The work is not hard and it can be good fun meeting all the different members.

If you can spare the time please consider volunteering as it would be a great shame to see our society close.