The National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association News and Programme of Events


The National Vegetable Society (NVS) exists to help gardeners improve the growing of vegetables. 

The Surrey District Association welcomes everyone interested in growing vegetables, herbs and fruit to its programme of talks which are normally held at East Horsley Village Hall, KT24 6QT.  Five minutes walk from Horsley train station. 

 Current Programme of talks and outings:-

National Vegetable Society Surrey DA 2016 Programme of Meetings, Events and Outings

Thursday 10th March 2016 in the Lovelace Room, East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT - We will be starting a little earlier, please join us for tea and coffee at 7.15pm.  We will be holding our National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association AGM at 7.30pm, before our meeting which will start at 8.15pm, when we will welcome The RHS Senior Examinor, Ray Broughton, for an informative talk about 'Greenhouses and Vegetables'

On Tuesday 12th April 2016 at 8pm at St Matthew’s Church, 71 Station Road, Redhill, RH1 1DL, we will be joined by Paul Templeton, who has lectured in Horticultural Science for over 30 years, for an informative talk about ‘Vegetables and Vegetable Growing’. 

Thursday 12th May 2016 at 8pm in the Lovelace Room, East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT - Beekeeper Lucy Frost, will be telling us all about 'The Wonderful World of the Honey Bee'

On Thursday 9th June 2016 we are meeting at 12pm for lunch at The Spur, London Road, Slindon Common, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0NE. We will then head off for our visit, meeting at 1.45pm, for a 2pm start at Eric Wall Ltd. Pollards House, Lake Lane, Barnham, West Sussex PO22 0AD. I have booked a visit to Eric Wall Nursery, a family run, tomato growing business based in Barnham, near Chichester, West Sussex.  

On Tuesday 19th July 2016 we will be meeting at 5.45pm for a 6pm start at Tangmere Airfield Nurseries, The Old Airfield, City Fields Way, Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 2FT.  I have arranged an evening visit to Tangmere Airfield Nurseries, a commercial pepper growing nursery sited on the former 'Battle of Britain' airfield.  We will hear a talk from the pepper growers and enjoy a tour of the nursery.  There is no charge to NVS members for this visit, but you do need to book your place, to book your place on this visit please contact Beth Otway or telephone 01483 420989. 

Thursday 8th September 2016 at 8pm in the Lovelace Room, East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT - Gardeners' Question Time with Richard Bailey, Neil Hope and Richard White.

Thursday 10th November 2016 at 8pm in the Lovelace Room, East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT - Fruit Expert Gerry Edwards will joining us for an informative talk about 'Growing Apples and Pears in the Garden'

NVS Surrey DA Programme for 2017 

On Saturday 25th February 2017 – The National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association AGM will be held at 10am in The Cedar Room at West Horsley Village Hall, 95 The Street, West Horsley Surrey, KT24 6DD. Followed by lunch at 12 noon at La Meridiana, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6QU.  NB. please note our new venue of West Horsley Village Hall for the AGM.

On Thursday 9th March 2017 at 8pm at East Horsley Village Hall – Award winning Vegetable Grower Sherie Plumb, will be joining us for an interesting talk entitled ‘A Year in Our Garden' in the Main Hall of East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT  

On Tuesday 4th April 2017 at 8pm at Redhill Methodist Church and Centre, Gloucester Road, Redhill, RH1 1BP – Head Gardener at Fittleworth House, Mark Saunders, will be joining us for an interesting and informative talk entitled ‘The Head Gardener’s Year’.  

On Thursday 11th May 2017 at 8pm at East Horsley – Professional Plant Pathologist, writer and broadcaster, Paul Patton will be joining us for a talk entitled ‘Growing for the Kitchen’ in the Lovelace Room of East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT 

We have our Visit to Vitacress (previously VHB Herbs) on Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 2pm.  You are very welcome indeed to join us for this visit, places are limited and need to be booked in advance, places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, please contact Beth Otway 01483 420989 to book your place, there is no charge for this visit.

On Thursday 14th September 2017 at East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT – Head Gardener Matthew Styles-West will be giving us an informative talk entitled ’No Dig Vegetable Gardening’.

On Thursday 9th November 2017 – Dr Jamie Claxton from Tozer Seeds, will be joining us at East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT, for a talk entitled ‘Vegetable Breeding and new Vegetable Varieties'.

Visitors £3.00, Affilated Society members £1.00, NVS members free.  

At each of our meetings we hold a raffle, have delicious home-made cake, tea and coffee and refreshments as well as a plant and produce sale.

For more information on the National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association's Talks, Meetings, Visits and Events please contact The Programme and Visits Secretary, Beth Otway - 01483 420989.

Annual membership fees  for National Vegetable Society

Individuals                             £17.00

Juniors                                  £5.00

Couples  (at same adress)    £19.00

Societies                                £19.00

Educational Establishments  £15.00


Membership secretary

Mr Neil Hope F.N.V.S.

Tel no. 01932 844183


Previous talks have included:- 

"Vegetable Photography" by Mike Sleigh

"The Worst Pests of Last Year" by Andrew Halstead

"Growing Vegetables in a Small Garden" by Geoff Hawkins

"Vegetable Growing - Techniques, Ideas and Advice" by Barry Newman

"Vegetable diseases" by Geoff Denton

"Fruit for a small garden" by Jim Arbury

"Vegetables And Italian Trends In Cultivation And Gastronomy" by Sabatino Urzo

"Working With Alien Pests And Diseases" by Andrew Gaunt

"Fertilisers For Vegetable Growing" by Guy Barter

"Allotments in Japan" by Richard Wiltshire

"Stress-free allotments: avoiding gluts and pests" by Victoria Ennion

"What is organic vegetable growing" by Dusty Miller

 "Growing better veg in 2013" by David Thornton, FNVS

"Vegetable growing" by Paul Templeton

"A practical guide to vegetable growing" by Mark Saunders

"Vegetable seed breeding" by Dr Peter Dawson

"Fruit for the small garden" by Peter Collett

"Growing herbs" by Claire Brown

"Choosing your cultivars" by Richard White

"Modern Kitchen Garden" by Barry Newman F.N.V.S.

"Tantalizing tomatoes" by Sally Coleman 

"Vegetables through the year" by John Branham F.N.V.S.

"Potatoes and Runner Beans" by Sherie Plumb 

"Companion Planting" by Ray Broughton

"The Edible Garden" by Jim England

"From Seed to Plate - Italian Style" by Paolo Arrigio

“Organic Ideas in Practice” by Alistair Cruickshank

“Runner Bean Masterclass” by John Trim F.N.V.S.

 “Herbs for house and garden” by Richard Bailey F.N.V.S.

“Vegetable growing in containers” by Len Stebbings F.N.V.S.

“Vegetables for table and show” by John Trim F.N.V.S.

The Surrey District Association was formed in 2005 to provide members in and around Surrey with an opportunity to meet and talk about their passion for vegetables, herbs, salads and fruit.  Some members are qualified vegetable judges and can answer questions on the best varieties to grow, the best time to sow, improving the soil conditions and how to protect your plants from pests.  We also appear at special events run from RHS Wisley each Spring and Autumn.

The health benefits of vegetables are well publicized.  Perhaps you are striving for your 5 a day but don’t like the quality of the shop produce and wonder how to grow your own.  Do you want just a few herbs and salad ingredients or do you plan to keep the family in potatoes and greens for the whole year?  The National Vegetable Society is here to help you.  Every member started sometime and each has successes and failures.  Come to the meetings and learn from the experts so your vegetable growing improves along with your health. 

Affiliated Societies:

Ashstead Horticultural Society

Banstead Horticultural Society

Beddington and Wallington Horticultural Society

Benhill Crescent Horticultural Society

Boshers Allot & Gardening Club

Capel Horticultural Society

Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society

Chessington Horticultural Society

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

Esher Molesey Garden Society

Ewell Horticultural Society

Farnham Gardening Society

Hurst Green Gardening Club

Kingston Horticultural Society

Leatherhead Horticultural Society

Limpsfield, Oxted & District Horticultural Society

Malden and Coombe Horticultural Society

Sanderstead Horticultural Society

Shalford, Chilworth and Peaslake Garden Club

Surrey Horticultural Federation

Tilford Horticultural Society

Tolworth and District Leisure and Gardening

Wallington, C & B Horticultural Society

Walton and District Allotment and Gardening

Warlingham and District Horticultural Society

West End (Esher) Flower Club

Woodham and New Haw Horticultural Society