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. 


National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association Programme for 2018

The National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association will be holding their AGM at 10.30am on Saturday 17th February 2018, in the Lovelace Room, at East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT24 6QT.   The AGM will be followed by lunch at 12 noon at La Meridiana, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6QU.  Places for our friendly lunch must be booked in advance, to book your place at the lunch, please contact Beth Otway or telephone 01483 420989.
On Wednesday 14th March 2018, we will be welcoming Charles Dowding at 8pm for a talk entitled ’Successional Sowing and No Dig Gardening' in the Main Hall of East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT.  This talk is free for NVS members, £1 for members of affiliated societies, £2 for RHS students, and £5 for all other visitors.

On Tuesday 10th April 2018, Peter Almond will be joining us for a talk entitled ‘The Two Hour A Week Allotment’ at 8pm at Redhill Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1BP.  

Thursday 10th May 2018, at 8pm, we will be joined by Paul Barney, the owner of Edulis Nursery for a talk entitled ‘In Search of Unusual Edibles’ in the Lovelace Room of East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT.
On Sunday 22nd July 2018, at 2pm, we will be visiting Bardsey, a private two acre garden, which features a productive fruit and vegetable garden, bog gardens and a natural pond, as well as a meadow within a parterre.  There is a bee hive, bug hotel, chickens and ducks.  This garden is opening especially for the NVS, attendance is £8 per person, which includes tea and cake.  Places for this visit must be booked in advance, please contact Beth Otway or telephone 01483 420989 to book your place.  Bardsey, 11 Derby Road, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1BS.  14 miles North of Haslemere Station, turn off B2131 (which links A287 to A286 through town) 400 yards West of station into Weydown Road, 3rd right into Derby Road, the garden can be found 400 yards away on the right.

Thursday 11th October 2018, Ian Clemens will be joining us at 8pm, for a talk about growing giant veg, entitled ‘Land of the Giants!' in the Lovelace Room of East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT.   

Thursday 8th November 2018, Writtle College Lecturer Michael Abel will be joining us at 8pm, for a talk on Growing Vegetables in the Lovelace Room of East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT.  

Speaker meetings, unless otherwise stated are: 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, Outings 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

Join on line at

or contact 

Membership secretary

Mr Neil Hope F.N.V.S.

Tel no. 01932 844183

Previous talks have included:- 

"Vegetable Breeding and New Vegetable Varieties" by Dr Jamie Claxton

"No Dig Vegetable Gardening" by Matthew Styles-West

"Growing for the Kitchen" by Paul Patton

"The Head Gardener's Year" by Mark Saunders

"A Year in Our Garden" by Sherie Plumb

"Growing Apples and Pears" by Gerry Edwards

"Gardeners' Question Time" by Richard Bailey, Neil Hope and Richard White

"The Wonderful World of the Honey Bee" by Lucy Frost

"Vegetables and Vegetable Growing" by Paul Templeton

"Greenhouses and Vegetables" by Ray Broughton

"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 Summer 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:

Albury Produce Association

Ashstead Horticultural Society

Banstead Horticultural Society

Barn Elms Allotment Society

Benhill Crescent Horticultural Society

Bletchingley Horticultural Society

Boshers Allot & Gardening Club

Capel Horticultural Society

Caterham & District Horticultural Society

Cheam and Cuddington Horticultural Society

Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

Egham & Thorp Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Association

Esher Molesey Garden Society

Ewell Horticultural Society

Farnham Gardening Society

Horsley Gardening Society

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 Gardening Club

Walton and District Allotment and Gardening

Warlingham and District Horticultural Society

West End (Esher) Flower Club & Sports Club

Woodham and New Haw Horticultural Society