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Somerset Federation Of Gardening Clubs

Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs                             email: enquiries@somersetfederationofgardeningclubs.org.uk

Welcome to our website.

We hope you will find something of interest.

The Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs was formed in 1984 with a view to promoting friendly gardening interests among Clubs and Societies throughout Somerset, and to provide advice and practical help with the day to day running of club affairs. Since then our membership has grown to include over 240 clubs in Somerset and adjacent counties.

The Federation is dedicated to supporting those who are enthusiastic about all aspects of horticulture.

Our aims are:

If your club or society is not already affiliated to The Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs, and you would like to know more, we would be delighted to hear from you. For more information on Membership click here, or please call our Membership Secretary on:

01749 679182.  

Getting your information onto the Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs Website

The website has recently been overhauled and updated and we hope that you like what you see. To make it YOUR website we welcome your feedback and ideas on how to make the website work for you.

The website is here for you to use - advertise your events - have a link to your website - have details of your Club programme - there are many ways to help your Club promote itself and help in getting new members.

To get information onto the website, just drop an email to webmaster@somersetfederationofgardeningclubs.org.uk giving details of what you want published. The Noticeboard is there for major events such as a Flower Show, Plant Sale or other such event. The adverts will be displayed in date order with the earliest one first. If we have a lot submitted then those a long time ahead will need to be held over until nearer the time. Posters that you are using to publicise the event would be appreciated. The Noticeboard is for member clubs only.

All items for the website can be sent in using:

Please save it as a normal page and do not send it in a web page or HTML page even if your word processor allows that.

Photographs of member’s gardens can be displayed and we have a page for these - please submit the photos separate from text and preferably as an attachment to your email. Brief details of where the garden is situated and when it was taken will help - please indicate what wording you would like to go with the photo. The photos will be changed on a regular basis.

Club Photos

Insurance Cover

Would all member clubs please ensure that the venue (eg:  village hall etc.,) where they hold events /shows /meetings for their gardening activities has insurance cover. Most village halls have insurance but it may it not cover individual clubs/societies when hiring their venue.  If you require clarification on this, please contact our treasurer.

Statement of Accounts

1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

The Statement of Accounts can now be found via the Publications Page and at:

SFGC Statement of Acounts 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

2018 Events Calendar

The updated 2018 Events Calendar can now be accessed  by going to the Publications page


has a vacancy for a volunteer to cover

NW Somerset (part of Sedgemoor and Mendip).

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) exists under Royal Patronage; it is registered with the Charity Commission and is a limited company by guarantee.  The NGS was founded in 1927 and is the most significant charitable funder in the country of nursing by donating over £50 million to date.

The aim of the National Garden Scheme is to raise money for national nursing, caring, gardening and other ancillary charities including one or two guest charities that benefit for a time limited basis.  These aims are achieved through opening gardens, around 3700, of quality, character and interest to the public through the generosity of garden owners.  The NGS has been described as having the crème de la crème of open gardens and prospective garden owners feel very privileged to be accepted into the scheme.  

This is exceptional for a charity, we all are extremely proud to be part of this charitable organisation.

Assistant County Organiser (Volunteer)

The key activities within each County Team:

Home based with travel.  To assist the County Organiser in recruiting open gardens; to support the Garden Owners in the opening of their gardens in aid of the NGS.  Volunteers are fully supported within the county as well as by Head Office.

The role is to manage existing garden openings, including local publicity, insurance and Health and Safety.

Visit potential new gardens with a view to opening for NGS; to ensure existing gardens continue to reach the required standard.

The role needs organisational skills, a pro-active thinker with capable computer skills.  A love of gardens is essential but not a comprehensive knowledge of plants.  Pro-active in promoting the NGS, a car driver with a sense of humour is required!

Interested?  Please email the County Organiser Laura Howard at laura.howard@ngs.org.uk for a full detail of the vacancy.

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THE Federation Newsletters can be accessed by going to the Publications page