Updated February 2021.
Litchborough Gardening Club started in 2013; we are a friendly group with an interest in extending our gardening skills and knowledge and at the same time promoting conservation and environmentally-friendly activity.
We offer a range of activities for people who live in the village and nearby. We are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and have an annual visit to their flagship gardens in Wisley, Surrey (free entry for club members). Typically we have a monthly meeting or garden visit. In 2018/19 we organised Open Gardens in Litchborough and hope to again in the future, post COVID.
In 2018 it was decided, because of the rising costs of speakers and the club’s limited resources, that we would join together with the Maidford in the Garden group for some meetings. This has been very successful, especially as we have been given such a warm welcome by their members.
The club is keen to promote conservation and we initiated the Elm Tree Project in 2014 and have planted 2 English elm trees in the village. We had the opportunity to create a small garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2017 and an elm tree was the centrepiece of our display. We are very grateful to the Parish Council and also to South Northants Council for the grants which contributed to the cost of putting together this garden, an ambitious project for such a small club but we felt it was a worthwhile exercise, drawing attention to the plight of the English elm as well as advertising our Gardening Club.
The club planted and maintains the borders around the War Memorial and planted lots of spring bulbs late 2019.
We had a number of garden visits planned for 2020. Due to COVID these didn’t take place but we are hoping that many of them will go ahead in 2021. We plan to have our AGM as soon as we have an idea of the timetable for lockdown easing and firm up as best we can on visits for this year.
New members (and visitors) are always welcome. The annual subscription is £10 with a charge of around £3.50 when we arrange talks in our Village Hall or attend those arranged by Maidford in the Garden. Garden visits are charged at cost.