About Us

We are a not-for-profit organisation that welcomes societies based within or near Hampshire who wish to become members (below), and prospective judges and speakers (here).

Benefits of Affiliation for societies:

We offer information, guidance & social opportunities for as little as £12 per annum.

Publications:

  • Speakers list – useful for preparing lecture programmes
  • Show Judges list – including National Society-accredited judges, useful for organising shows
  • Monthly e-Bulletins – with details of member society & Federation activities and other items of general interest
  • Updates on judges & speakers – as advised
  • Formal notifications – mailed annually
  • Access to this Website

Annual events:

  • Judges and Show Organisers Conference or lecture of general interest
  • Allotment Competition
  • Garden Competition
  • Inter-Societies Quiz
  • AGM

Joining the Federation – Any horticultural society in Hampshire or the surrounding counties is welcome to join the Federation. Membership fees depend on the number of members in the society and range from £12 to £30 a year as indicated on the Affiliation Application Form. Annual Subscriptions are renewable on 1st January each year.

On joining, societies are sent a copy of the Federation Directory, containing contact details of Federation Officers and Organisers and of all member societies, and Judges and Speakers Lists; these are regularly updated and revised. Thereafter, monthly e-bulletins & information updates are issued as needed. Member societies are encouraged to use this website to promote themselves and their main events. Email contact: hfhseditor@hantsfedhortsoc.org.uk.

To join the Federation, please click on Affiliation Application Form, print and complete the form and send it, with the appropriate fee, to the Secretary at the address shown below.

Contact.  Initial contact with the Federation should be made via the Hon. Secretary HFHS: Mr K.V. Mason, Sparsholt College Hampshire, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF. Tel: 01962 797446 (office hours). Email: kelvin.mason@sparsholt.ac.uk

Benefits for Prospective Speakers and Judges:

The Federation is interested to hear from anyone who can give talks or demonstrations on horticultural or allied subjects to our member societies. Similarly people with experience of judging any classes in local horticultural shows are also welcomed. Experienced exhibitors who are interested in becoming a judge can accompany approved judges for training purposes if necessary. If approved by the Management Committee, generally by recommendation, details of new speakers and judges are added to the appropriate list for member societies to make direct contact as required. Anyone interested in becoming a Federation speaker or judge should contact the Secretary – address details above.

Note: All publications issued by the Federation are for the use of Affiliated Societies only and must not be passed on to other organisations or authorities without the written approval of the Management Committee.

History

The Hampshire Federation of Horticultural Societies (HFHS) was founded in 1959 by the late Bill Boyd, at that time the Head of the Horticultural Department of Sparsholt College. He and a colleague created this organisation to act on behalf of and to give advice to the many Horticultural and Allotment Societies within Hampshire. We now welcome clubs from bordering counties.

The Federation is still based at Sparsholt College near Winchester, and our close relationship remains – our Hon Secretary is a Horticultural Lecturer there, and acts in a liaison capacity between the Federation and the College. Our AGM, annual conference, and committee meetings are held at the College.

The Federation’s Management Committee comprises volunteers from our affiliated societies and meets 4 times a year.

Affiliations

We are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society whose website is at www.rhs.org.uk.

And we support the work of the Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust.
The Trust offers to talk to societies about their work and how it helps to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats locally. They would also bring a small display of information for members to look at. Please note that whilst this is a recruitment activity, they do not do a “hard sell”.
Check out the website, or contact Hazel Fotheringham, Senior Membership Recruitment Officer on talks@hiwwt.org.uk.