Society History

The Benfleet Horticultural Society was formed at a special meeting on Wednesday, 2nd June 1920. In effect, the Society was in existence before that, but the name was changed from the South Benfleet Food Producers Association in 1920. Our minutes for that Association go back to October 1918, but we are certain that the Food Producers Association goes back to the late 1800's.

It is interesting to compare some facts from 1918-28 to the present day:

Annual membership fee 1918-28 6d (2.5p), 2019 - £2.50

Entrance fee to show 1918-28 3d (just over 1p), 2019 - £1.00

Seed Potatoes ordered 1918-28 5cwt, 2014 - 625Kg

It is also interesting to note that in 1918 the committee complained to the supplier of the Scottish Seed Potato "Epicure" that they were too small. The reply was that Seed Potatoes the size of a marble would provide a good crop. In 2011, 93 years on, we advised our supplier that our "Epicure" were also small, but at least ours were golf ball size.

Should any member like to read the Minutes Book covering the years 1918 to 1928, it can be made available at the Stores, but unfortunately, it cannot be taken away.

Latest News

Updated 22nd September 2020 @ 7:31pm


Autumn Planting Bulbs in store now. We have Daffodils (inc. miniatures) Tulips (inc. miniatures), Hyacinths (prepared & outdoor), Crocus, Alliums, & more. We also have Onion & Garlic sets.

We have had a small delivery of Ericaceous & John Innes 2 & 3. We also have Compost & Manure in stock.

We have plenty of Pansies, Violas, & Primroses in store and more for that bit of colour over Autumn & Winter.

We are working with Castle Point Council to offer Garden Waste Sacks at the usual price of £6 in store.

The Grand Raffle has now been drawn raising £750 for Havens Hospice. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket and/or donated a prize. Click here to find out if you’ve won a prize.

The committee has decided to cancel all remaining events this year with the possible exception of the AGM which may go ahead in some form. We hope that we can return to some kind of normality next year and we will be thinking carefully about how this can be achieved.

In the BHS Diary

Monday 12th October 2020
Club Event
Demonstration by Pam Cantellow from Writtle entitled 'My Love for Flowers'

Cancelled due to Covid-19

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Why not join us?

Membership is just £2.50 a year per household.
3 Shows each year.
Quiz nights
Outings throughout the year.
Affiliated to the major societies.
Comprehensive Year Book.
Regular newsletters.

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