Our Approach

Subscriptions and Discounts

Annual Subscription of £5.00 is due on 1st January each year - Please join / renew at any of our events, or pay by BACS to:

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Account number : 86878602
Account name : Groombridge Horticultural Society
Reference: PLEASE QUOTE YOUR NAME, followed by SUBS (space permitting)

This is a Business Account if you are asked for this information

Alternatively cash or cheque can be delivered to Mrs G Davies c/o The Homestead, Groombridge, TN3 9RN together with name, address and contact details and we will deliver a membership card.

Discounts of 10% are available at:-

Royal Mires, Lye Green

Coolings Wych Cross Garden Centre

Babylon Eco Centre (formally Ashdown Forest Garden Centre), Duddleswell

on production of your membership card (exclusions may apply).


Our Story


Our History

The Groombridge District Horticultural Society was formed in November 1930 by Mr McDonald who was the head gardener at Burrswood and was the first chairman. The president was Col. Royds from Glen Andred and the patron was Sir Derek Watson from Burrswood.

The first Annual Show, in a marquee on the cricket ground, was held in August 1931 and for many years was held in conjunction with the Children's Sports Day on August Bank Holiday.

The Society was suspended during WW2 and restarted in June 1945 and from 1946 the shows were held in the old King Edward VII Institute, now known as Groombridge Village Hall.

The Sweet Pea and Rose Show was first held in 1950, becoming the Summer Show in 1959. In 1958 the Spring Show started under the guidance of Mr Herbert Barr who was a prominent raiser and exhibitor of daffodils.

During the 1950's the Society began competing in other shows in the area, winning prizes at Tunbridge Wells and Brighton amongst other places. Entries in the Luxford Cup competition were won on several occasions.

Inter Society meetings and competitions began in 1963, between five neighbouring village societies, and continued until recently.

The Autumn Show grew out of chrysanthemum competitions which were held at the November monthly meetings and started in about 1978.  The format and timing of the shows continues to be reviewed and adapted in an effort to keep them relevant to modern life styles and to encourage "weekend gardeners" to have a go.


Meet the Team

Gwyneth Davies


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Lindsey Symonds

Vice Chair

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Robert Hollands

Honorary Auditor


Ian Draper

Treasurer and Membership Secretary

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Lisa Innes-Cook



David Robson,  Belinda Gray, Gerald Fowler,  Robin Goodfellow, Bev Watson, Sue Obbard, Christiane Brook


Peter Taylor

Vice Presidents

 David Homewood, Peter Taylor, Michael Truscott, Karen Wolfle, Christine Wells, Gillian Gray

Honorary Life Members         

Peter Taylor, Gillian Gray