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Gardening Club

Our Gardening Club is for adults with learning disabilities who want to learn how to grow their own food, or who may have a real interest in and love of horticulture.


The sessions are an excellent opportunity to learn more about gardening and different plants, to work in a team, to meet new people and make friends, to do some physical work outside and to grow your own fresh food and flowers. We have several very dedicated members who are enjoying these benefits.


Anyone who is interested in joining the Gardening Club should get in touch with Michelle (023 8048 3471 or by email for the dates of these meetings. They are a good chance to get to know other Gardening Club members and to find out what the Club is all about.


Our services are open to anyone with a learning disability who lives in the borough of Eastleigh or in Romsey.

Our constitution limits the offer of our services to people with learning disabilities living in this geographical area. Much of our funding is raised locally for the benefit of local people with learning disabilities.




It's now the start of the growing season at the allotments for our Gardening Club.  We are looking forward to what the year has in store for us.


Vacant Lot!


At the moment we still have some raised beds available, should anyone else like to join us this year and learn to grow their own food.  Just call the office, leave your name and number and we will let you know the times of the Gardening Club and tell Maria to expect you!

Many people think that allotments are just for growing vegetables but that's not always the case, some members grow herbs and flowers.


This raised bed was planted up in the Autumn by one of our members and is looking at it's best now. The Swiss Chard sown last summer has over-wintered well. 


As it's the start of the season, some of our members have already been busy preparing for the new season by weeding and tidying. 


The gardeners meet twice a week and we are always looking for volunteers who might want to be involved. If that sounds like you, call us!


2018 Season Gardening Club – Allotment News

Allotment - harvesting Harvesting at the allotment

Gardening Club Winter Meets

(please note change of date for the Christmas session)

The dates are:

  • Christmas session is now Saturday 15 December 2018: 11.00am – 12.30pm (not 1 or 8 December!)
  • Monday 7 January 2019: 1.00pm -2.30pm and 
  • Saturday 2 February 2019: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Gardening Club members will plan what they are going to grow in their raised beds and the communal spaces on our two allotments in the 2019 season.



Rosie Yeomans at the Garden Club Open Day 2018 Rosie Yeomans at the Garden Club Open Day 2018

Gardening Club Open Day

Saturday 18 August 2018

West End Allotments, West End


We were delighted to welcome back Rosie Yeomans again. This year she gave us a short talk on producing compost for our gardens. She also gave advice to a number of visitors who came with questions about their own gardening problems.

Our Committee produced an amazing array of cakes and cookies (some savoury) which were very much admired. We had a plant sale and a few competitions. Congrats to John Chandler for his Caption Competition success. Delighted the Mayor of Eastleigh could attend too!


Allotment News - transformation Allotment News - transformation

May 2018 - Allotment Transformation


The transformation of our second allotment is continuing with the help of the Community Pay Back team and support from Terry and Maria.


Why not come and visit both allotments at our Open Day on Saturday August 18. Maria and the entire team have been working very hard.



April - Slow start!

It's been a slow start to the season with all the cold, snowy weather.  This puts us behind with planting out our onion sets and first early potatoes but as with all things that grow on the allotment, they will eventually catch up - good weather permitting, of course.

On March 17 it was bitterly cold but Will, Rebecca, Vicki and Stevan were brave enough to come and work on the allotment. I think they deserve a big pat on back. Not forgetting Terry and John.

Work is progressing on our second allotment now with the patio area and footpath marked out. Hopefully progress will be fast and smooth.


Maria, Gardening Co-ordinator



With spring just around the corner, we have lots of exciting work about to begin.  Our first two sessions for this year...

  • Monday, March 12th, 1.00-4.00pm and
  • Saturday, March 17th 10.00am - 1.00pm.

We will be working on a new project for our second allotment this year. The project is to enable wheelchair users access to the allotment. This will involve levelling the ground and making a new pathway and patio area. We are grateful to Community Payback volunteers for their offer to help us out. They have skilled workers coming in to do a lot of the heavy work for us soon.


Please watch this space for further updates on the progress of this new project.


2017 Season


New allotment site Keith and Danny working on the new plot


Volunteer Wanted...

We are looking for more volunteers for the Gardening Club, in particular we want to recruit someone who has practical and carpentry skills and would enjoy doing maintenance work on fences and gates and might like to be a bit creative! We have some great plans.


Please contact the office (023 8048 3471) if this sounds like you. The commitment would only be about four hours each month, unless you wanted to do more.


2015 Pumpkin Triumph 




Members of the Gardening Club were proud to show off the pumpkin they grew last year. Although we were very pleased with it, weighing in at 56 lbs, it was easily beaten by other pumpkins from West End Gardening & Allotment Association members whose pumpkins weighed over 100lbs!



2014 New Polytunnel!


The Gardening Club members are delighted with their new polytunnel which was purchased with a grant from the Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee. Thank you for this great donation, it not only means we can bring on tender plants inside but members also have somewhere to shelter, should it rain. Thanks also to West End Parish groundsmen team who helped put the tunnel up, in less than perfect weather!


The polytunnel has been equipped with two made to measure tables, which have been manufactured for us by the Minstead Training Project.



For further details about the Gardening Club, please contact Michelle 023 8048 3471.

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