Membership Renewal

Is due from the start of each calendar year, as it takes effect from 1st January for 12 months.

Current member societies are advised through normal communications channels around renewal time. The renewal form is also available for downloading & printing here: hfhs_subscription_form_2018.

D Warwick

Competitions Open to Affiliated Societies

The 2018 Garden and Allotment competitions are now ‘open for business’:

The Peter Maunder Garden Competition is held annually in July. Anyone who is a member of an affiliated society is eligible to enter the competition.  You do not need acres of rolling park land; there is one class in the competition for all garden sizes.  The judging is based upon the suitability of the design to the site, the level of maintenance, the suitability and cultivation of the plants and the practicality of planting.  It is accepted that many gardens have more than one purpose.  Vegetable gardens are often incorporated into decorative gardens and there is the need for seating areas and play space for children.

The competition is judged by Federation approved judges and there are prizes and certificates for First, Second and Third.  The First prize winner also gets custody of the Peter Maunder Trophy for one year.  This is a memorial to one of the founding members of the Federation and it is a delightful miniature pewter wheelbarrow on a wooden stand, therefore no polishing required. 

Do consider entering your garden.  Entry forms and the judging criteria are available here.

Suzanne Holroyd
Garden Competition Organiser

The Allotment Competition is open to all members of affiliated Societies and has two Sections:

  1. Plots of less than 10 rods
  2. Plots of 10 rods and over. 10 rods are equal to 250 sq m or 300 sq yds.

Allotments are assessed by official Judges of the Federation. The judging criteria, based on the recommendations listed in the RHS Show Handbook 2016, are

  • Condition of the Plot.
  • Good Workmanship
  • Quality of Crops, Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables and Plants.
  • Originality of Layout and Planting.
  • Ingenuity in Overcoming Local Problems.
  • Visual Aspect of the Plot..
  • Condition of Structures

Judging takes place on a mutually agreed date during late June/early July. There are cash prizes for the top 3 plots in each section, and Challenge Cups are awarded annually to the winners of each section and presented at the Federation AGM in February.

Do consider entering your allotment plot. The competition entry form is available here.

Iain Crawford
Allotment Competition Organiser


The HFHS e-Bulletin is published at the beginning of each month. So – email your news or time-sensitive updates as items for the next e-Bulletin to

And if you wish to subscribe, to receive your copy direct, just follow the instructions here.

Caroline Ford

How to publish your events

If you wish to advertise your special public activities: show, open garden, plant sale or similar, just email the details to

Minimum information – show/event name, date & time (start & finish), venue, cost, & contact details. And if you have a ‘poster’, we can add that too!

D Warwick

Speakers & Judges – feedback & nominations

It would greatly assist the Federation in maintaining the standard of Speakers and Demonstrators on its list if Societies would complete this form when they have had a Speaker or Demonstrator who has given them any cause for concern with regard to quality of their talk/demonstration.
Also we would be pleased if you could use the lower part of the form to advise us of any speaker/ demonstrator that you have engaged, who is not currently on the Federation List but whom you consider to be very good and whom you think it worth us approaching with a view to including them on the list. Just complete & mail the Speaker form.

Caroline Ford

 Opportunities for Group Outings

Tuppenny Tea and a Tour – Emsworth
Tuppenny Barn is an organic smallholding. It is based near Emsworth and grows vegetables, fruit and flowers which are sold on site and through a veg bag scheme. We are a small team and enjoy welcoming visitors to our unique site.
The hour long tour is led by Maggie Haynes founder of Tuppenny Barn or one of her staff. During the tour you will hear the story of how the site was founded and the work that goes into producing quality, organic fruit and vegetables for the local community. Enjoy visiting our orchard, vegetable beds, bee hives and even the compost area! Questions are encouraged and we are always happy to share knowledge of best practice for organic growing.
Following the tour, your group will enjoy a locally made cream tea in our beautiful, straw bale build Education Centre. If you visit on a Thursday or Friday the shop will be open selling our own fruit and vegetables.
Tours are available all year round.
Cost: £7 per head, minimum 10 people. Free parking on site.
For more information or to make a booking: contact Ali Beckett via
Tuppenny Barn Organics Ltd.
Main Road, Southbourne, W Sussex, PO10 8EZ
075309 56184,

Chippenham Park Historic Gardens – Cambridgeshire
The beautiful gardens are rated among the finest in Britain, with a recent top two-star award from the Good Gardens Guide – the highest accolade.  And as an article in Country Life says “Chippenham is  a place of superlatives.”
Close to both Ely and also Cambridge, Chippenham Park is a private Grade II listed family home set in 300-acres. This is an historic garden, first created in the 17th century and some features have remained static throughout history including the walled kitchen garden, the formal waterway and complex waterways, and some of the trees. The 40-acre formal and informal gardens are spectacular all year round – from possibly the greatest display of delicate and naturalised snowdrops and aconites in East Anglia in February, daffodils and early spring bulbs in April, summer borders and roses in June through to late-summer borders and autumn colour. There are some lovely walks by the lakes, canals and through the ‘Wilderness’ – an area of berrying trees and shrubs.
The Spring Garden with its breathtaking display of daffodils, narcissi and shrubs stretches for half a mile around the lake. In summer visitors can see a huge display of nearly 500 roses, a multitude of shrub and climbing roses and large well-stocked borders of interesting shrubs and perennials. And the autumn months offer a wonderful time of the year to see the fabulous differing colours of the rare and unusual trees in an area of semi-wild planting as well as many late borders.
This will be very much a bespoke private tour for your group and, if required, we would be happy to talk to you about the design of your day to meet your particular requirements. The tour is accompanied by one of the owners and garden designer, Hugo Nicolle, or the head gardener, who will tell you about the history surrounding the house, gardens and the Park.  This will take about two to three hours and includes a seasonal lunch in the Potting Shed café, set in the Old Kitchen Garden.
Lunches in the kitchen garden (or ‘Potting Shed’ depending on the weather) will vary according to season. We try to source as much from the kitchen garden itself as possible. We grow all our own vegetables and salad crops and as many culinary herbs as we have space for. We produce our own free-range pork – sausages, bacon, and hams- and our own free-range hens for fresh eggs. Simple, fresh, local and delicious is what we aim for.
We always offer homemade cakes and fresh coffee and tea. You can buy wine by the glass, carafe or bottle.
Of course, your group is welcome to stay on after lunch if they wish to explore the gardens further.
A private tour (minimum 18 persons) costs £22.50 per head on weekdays and Sundays. We can easily accommodate coaches and double-decker buses.
If you would like further information about tailoring the time at Chippenham for your group, or to book a tour with us, please contact me via email or phone.
Beccy Nicholson, 01638 721416

Federation Vacancy – 100+ Club Organiser

We are looking for someone to run the 100+ Club for our members, following the retirement of our previous organiser.

Members of the 100+ club pay £1 for each monthly draw, for which 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes are awarded (winnings based on the number of participants).

Participants generally join at or near the start of the year, paying for the remaining number of draws in the year, e.g. January fee = £12, February  fee = £11.

The organiser’s duties are straightforward:

  • register for a lottery licence with the council & provide periodic returns
  • issue annual membership cards to participants
  • bank membership payments
  • organise the monthly draw
  • mail cheques to winners
  • advise winners’ names to the Bulletin editor

Our treasurer and previous organiser can help the new person get established.

Club membership is fun for participants – who seem to win surprisingly frequently.
And surplus funds contribute a useful amount to Federation finances.

Interested? Then contact Ron Brumhill at, Tel. 02392 269741