Do live in a village or community and have friends who all like to get their hands dirty????? or want to spruce up their village / community spaces with seasonal hanging baskets, planters etc….?
Why not start a Gardening Club?
But don’t know where to begin??
Here’s a few ideas / suggestions that may point you in the right direction from
Hook Gardening Club – East Yorkshire Established 2010
- Informal chat to arrange leaflet drop around village / community to promote the idea and to gage interest
- Follow up meeting – Committee, discuss venue, how the meeting with run, day/time, how many meeting a year, entry fee, refreshments, raffle, speaker, plant / seed swap,
- Publicity (website / social media / local media – radio and newspapers / posters) handing our leaflets at local market, Think outside your area.
- Fundraising – cake stall, coffee morning, plant stall, approach parish council for initial funding or self funding (which means you are stronger and more resilient)
Many Thanks to Peter Walker who is the Chairman of the New Eastoft Gardening Club, North Lincolnshire for his words of wisdom below:
- In Early March I formed a Facebook page and invited as many people as I knew in the Village to join the face book group, their interest was extremely encouraging, we also have a community e tree, I posted on that and asked the same question.
- There are two parts to the club working perfectly together, those who simply want to increase their knowledge of gardening and enjoy a new social circle, those who wish to see the Village take on a more colourful and vibrant appearance and some who want to be part of both.
- Our first proper meeting as a club is Wed April 13th 2016 and until funds are sufficient to invite guest speakers we are doing all manner of things to fund raise.
I would say to anyone thinking about forming a gardening club, do it! Its not difficult, I’ve proved that, but you do have to possess the drive, passion and determination to make it happen, don’t be afraid to stick your head above the fence and speak out and ask. We have gone from an initial idea, to a fully formed enthusiastic club, with fantastic ideas for the future and a vibrant friendly membership, swapping ideas and tips in around two months. The future of our gardens and this village is something I cant wait to see.