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Eastcote Horticultural Society
History

The Eastcote Horticultural Society has been assisting local gardeners for over 70 years. It celebrated the 70 year anniversary in 2010. It is a not-for-profit community organisation run solely by volunteers for the benefit of our members. The proceeds from trading contribute towards our shows and hut maintenance.
 
It was formed at a time when "grow your own" was an important survival tactic in the war years. 1940 saw the introduction of food rationing. The community around Eastcote and Ruislip had developed in the late 1920s "Metroland". This was when the Metropolitan Line was extended out to the green fields and meadows and people from inner London came to live here.
 
Large gardens and allotments encouraged folks to try home grown produce during the years when fresh fruit and vegetables were not plentiful in the local stores.
 
It is hoped the Society will be around for many more years to meet its aims of promoting local horticulture and supporting the gardeners in the community.

Special Events 2017
 
Spring Show  18th March 2017
 
Summer Show  17th June 2017

Special Events 2016
 
Spring Show  12th March 2016
 
Coach Trip to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew     23rd April 2016
 
Annual General Meeting   24th April 2016
 
Eastcote House Gardens Plant Sale   4th June 2016
 
Summer Show  18th June 2016
 
Autumn Show  10th September 2016
 
RHS Affiliated Societies Cup   4th October 2016
 
Coach Trip to Waddesdon Manor   10th December 2016

Special Events 2015
 
Spring Show  21st March 2015
 
Annual General Meeting   25th April 2015
 
Coach Trip to RHS Wisley   30th May 2015
 
Eastcote House Gardens Plant Sale   6th June 2015
 
Summer Show   13th June 2015
 
Autumn Show   12th September 2015
 
RHS Affiliated Societies Cup   6th October 2015
 
Annual Dinner   12th November 2015
 
Coach Trip to Waddesdon Manor   21st November 2015

Special Events 2014
 
Spring Show  15th March 2014
 
Coach Trip to RHS Hyde Hall   16th April 2014
 
Annual General Meeting   7th May 2014
 
Summer Show   14th June 2014
 
Coach Trip to RHS Wisley   26th September 2014
 
Autumn Show   6th September 2014
Letter from Mayor of Hillingdon
 
RHS Affiliated Societies Cup   7th October 2014
 

Special Events 2013
 
Spring Show  16th March 2013
 
Annual Quiz   20th April 2013
 
Annual General Meeting   8th May 2013
 
Coach Trip to RHS Wisley   8th June 2013
 
Summer Show  15th June 2013
 
Autumn Show  7th September 2013
 
RHS Affiliated Societies Cup   8th October 2013
 
Annual Dinner   20th November 2013

Towards the end of 2012, the Society was contacted through our website by a gentleman called Martin from Ashford in Kent. Martin had been clearing a loft following his uncle's death and had found a small cup engraved with the Society's name. He took the trouble to search the web for the Society and having made contact Sue Alexander from the Society visited Martin to collect the cup and find out more.
 
The 5" high cup is engraved with the name "C Wright" on one side and "Eastcote Horticultural Society, The Bickerton Cup, September 1951" on the other. The Society used to award winners with their own individual miniature cups and this is one of these.

Bickerton Cup Bickerton Cup Bickerton Cup

Martin told us that Mr Wright lived in Eastcote prior to lodging with a friend, who was his uncle and lived in Ashford in Kent. Mr Wright died prior to his uncle and some of his belongings seemed to have remained in his uncle's loft.
 
We are very grateful to Martin for making contact and providing the Society with a glimpse into its history.

Special Events 2012
 
Spring Show  17th March 2012
 
Annual Quiz   21st April 2012
 
Summer Show  16th June 2012
 
Autumn Show  8th September 2012
 
Coach Trip to RHS Wisley   15th September 2012
 
RHS Affiliated Societies Cup   9th October 2012
 
Eastcote Christmas Fair  2nd December 2012

Special Events 2011
 
Spring Show  19th March 2011
 
Annual Quiz   2nd April 2011
 
Coach Trip to RHS Wisley   21st May 2011
 
Summer Show  18th June 2011
 
Autumn Show  10th September 2011
 
RHS Affiliated Societies Cup   5th October 2011
 
Annual Dinner   16th November 2011

70th Anniversary 2010: Summary
 
Spring Show  20th March 2010
 
Bluebell Planting   10th April 2010
 
Summer Show  19th June 2010
 
Eastcote Celebration & Teddy Bear's Picnic 17th July 2010
 
Coach Trip to RHS Wisley   4th September 2010
 
Autumn Show  11th September 2010
 
Annual Dinner   16th November 2010

Special Events 2009
 
Spring Show  21st March 2009
 
Summer Show  20th June 2009
 
Autumn Show  12th September 2009

Special Events 2008
 
Spring Show  15th March 2008
 
Summer Show  21st June 2008
 
Autumn Show  13th September 2008