Sunday May 17th:  Activities day at Berrington Hall SY5 6HA
New and potential members especially welcome. Start 2pm

Tour the gardens and grounds which are particularly interesting.
Activities to participate in, flax spinning, wool spinning, making handles for tools.
Tea and cakes.             Chat and smiles with friendly people.
See the Chairman having a wobbly moment.

Sunday June 14th: Oak Farm, Ditton Priors WV16 6SS
2.30pm start. A farm and outdoor education centre for adults with learning disabilities. NB cakes and tea to be provided by the Centre (for which there will be a charge), as this will be a cookery project for the students.

Sunday July 12th: Bob and Sonjia Prendergast's garden, The Orchard, Halfway House, Erdington, WV16 5JP
Start 2pm.  A 2 acre field that is developing into an orchard, fruit garden etc.
From A458 Bridgenorth road take the A4555 Highley road. At outskirts of Eardingley, take Halfway House Lane on right for half to three quarters mile. Private letter box with name 'The Orchard' - park just after that.

Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th August: Shrewsbury Flower Show

September trip: destination & date not yet arranged.

Saturday October 3rd: Bowbrook Community Allotments, Shrewsbury SY3 5BT.

2pm start. half a mile from Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. From A5 Shrewsbury bypass take B4386 following signs for hospital. Allotments situated half a milw along B4386 (Mytton Oak Rd) on right.

SOGS AGM will be on Wednesday 1st April at 7.30pm. at St.Chad's Hall in Shrewsbury. It is also 25 years since Shropshire Organic Gardeners began, we are still going strong, and our Chairman feels we should celebrate in style! So the business side of the AGM will be very short, and the rest of the evening will be given over to 25th birthday celebrations.
We plan a bring and share supper, with music, merriment and also cake......
We would like to welcome as many people as possible - past, present, new members, potential members to the celebrations - everyone is welcome to join us.

See below the programme for a film about organic farming.  It is from a BBC Natural World programme and is 48 minutes long but well worth watching.
2014/2015      Autumn/Winter Programme

Wednesday 5th November 2014             Copper Gardening Tools    Implementations website

Wednesday 10th December   2014           Xmas bash, bring and share feast  (note change of date from 1st Wednesday)
           As a follow on from our visit to Apley walled garden in the summer we are going to be joined by Phil Allen, head gardener who will give us an update on progress. See newsletter page

Wednesday 7th January 2015                  Homemade wine and cider by David Shearan  (with samples to try)

Wednesday 4th February 2015                The development of peat-free compost by Terry Rogers of Vital Earth    
Vital Earth website

Saturday  7th February 2015                    Potato Day, Montford Village Hall    
Keep visiting for news of the varieties, find our updated list.

Wednesday 4th March 2015                     'Symphony of the Soil', a film to inspire the organic gardener

Wednesday 1st April 2015                         AGM with a surprise!  Organic of course!

All meetings are at Saint Chad's Church Hall, Claremont Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1RD at 7.30pm.  See map below

2014 Summer Programme

Sunday 6th April,  2 pm. Visit with Friends of the Earth to Gethin’s Waste Recycling Centre, Lower House Farm, Welshpool Rd, Cardeston, near Ford, Shrewsbury.

Sunday 18th May, 2 pm. Visit to Crabapple Community, Berrington Hall, near Cross Houses, Shrewsbury, SY5 6HA. The grid reference is SJ525075. Bring cakes.

Sunday15th June, 1.30pm*. Visit to Apley Walled Garden, Norton, Shropshire, TF11 9EF.  Entrance fee paid by Sogs.
Come for a tour of Apley Walled Gardens, predated 1775, which has recently come back in to production. The gardens now grow many rare varieties of vegetables which are no longer commonly seen, and stock Apley Farm Shop. *Note earlier start time. Teashop on site.

Sunday July 13th, Annual Coach Trip, Arley Arboretum and garden, near Bewdley. Free for members.  Meet 9.50am at Abbey Car Park, Shrewsbury. Cafe on site or picnic.  Book with Ann 01743 363 282. Friends welcome if space.

Fri/Sat 8th- 9thAugust, Shrewsbury Flower Show
Sogs Stall: Display with theme “Water”.

Sunday 7th September, 2 pm. Visit to Sue Stickland and Dave Chester-Master’s garden, Rose Cottage, Cefn Mawr, Newtown, Wales.  Bring cakes. There is a village festival taking place on the same day which Sue has suggested we might like to visit beforehand.

5th October, 2.30 pm, Visit members Anne Bartles-Smith’s and David and Susan Simpson’s gardens, numbers 14 and 18 Vane Road, Shrewsbury. Bring cakes. Very limited parking in Vane Road; parking available in Luciefeld Rd., South Hermitage and Oakley St.

Winter meetings are usually held at St Chadd's meetings rooms on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.  Visitors most welcome                          Our last indoor meetings were:-

Wednesday 11th December 2013 Christmas Party, Short talk on Bees by Deborah Simmonds

Wednesday 8th January 2014  'Attingham Walled Garden', Kate Nicholl, Senior Gardener, Attingham Park

Wednesday 5th February 2014  Self Help Africa.  Talk on the charity's latest projects

Saturday 8th February 2014    SOGS 10th   Potato Day, Preston Montford Village Hall

Wednesday 5th March 2014  Talk by John Gale  'Gardening for a Healthy Planet'

Wednesday 2nd April 2014   AGM

Sunday 6th April. 2pm Members visit to Gethin's Farm, Ford.  Site of Shrewsbury's green waste composters.       More details from Siobhan. (tel number at bottom of page)

SOGS Summer 2013 Programme

October 13th(Sun) 2.00pm – visit Siobhan’s two fields and new house , at Habberley, nr Pontesbury. SOG’s advice wanted on options of how to manage two overgrown fields and a large garden. Stream and new pond. Siobhan will provide some cakes but please note they are usually the last to be eaten! 

 More information phone Chairman Peter on: 01939 260935 or

Siobhan 01743 233544  or David 01743 235635

May 5th & 6th Attingham Plant Fair – SOGs stall

May 23rd (Thurs) 6.30pm Ford Hall Farm, Market Drayton.
 Guided walk around farm with Charlotte Hollins to see the latest developments and new projects. Tea and cakes in the café supplied by the farm, cost £4.50 per person. Please note early start time (to fit tea & cakes in at end!)

June 16th (Sun) 2.00pm Lower Wallop Farm, near Westbury. 
Approx 10 miles south west of Shrewsbury. Guided tour of an organic mixed farm. Beef, sheep, pigs, rare breeds, environmental enhancements and species rich fields. Please note we will be walking around the farm, not driven. Please bring cakes. See for more info on the farm.

July 21st (Sun) Annual coach trip to Sarvari Research Trust, near Bangor. 
The trust breeds blight resistant strains of potatoes using time honoured non GM techniques. They have bred seven varieties of Sarpo potatoes, some of which we sold for the first time this year at our potato day. They rely on support from individuals, friends and “crowd funding” to continue their work. Guided tour by research director David Shaw. Option to have meal in village café afterwards or picnic on the beach. Please note prior booking by July 1st essential for this trip. Please contact Anne Bartles-Smith on 01743 363282 or to book seats.

Coach departs 9. 00am from Abbey Foregate car park.

August - Flower Show 9th-10th Useful weeds display on stall.

September 15th 2.30pm. (Sun.) Visit Treflach Farm near Oswestry
Family enterprise “building a resilient and sustainable community that regenerates the natural environment and nourishes local people”.

Previous meetings

Wednesday 11th December 2013 Christmas Party, Short talk on Bees by Deborah Simmonds

Wednesday 6th November   2013 John Lightfoot, Shropshire Barn Owl Group

Monday 11th November  2013 Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time  Entrance by ticket only.  See home page

Wednesday 6th February - Cultivation of Potatoes  Talk by Derek Jones

Saturday 9th February  Potato Day at Montford Village Hall  *Link to Potato day page

Wednesday 6th March - 'Tasty buds, luscious leaves ans succelent shoots' Talk by Kim and Rob Hurst of the Cottage Herbery, Tenbury We

Wednesday 3rd April AGM

  *Monday 12th November 2012- Gardeners' Question time    *(note the date is a monday) SOGS members can put their questions and gardening problems to a panel of expert gardenrs including Richard Bailey, Martin Ford (BBC Radio Shropshire) and John Gale, specialist in bugs and other diseases from Stafford.

Monday 10th Dec 2012-Christmas Bring and Share * (note once again the date is a monday)

Wednesday 2nd January -   The Life and History of the DroversDavid  Talk by Idris Steptoes on the Welsh Livestock drovers.

For more information ring David Simpson on 01743 235635 or email Siobhan at .


Winter meetings held in St Chadd's meeting rooms.  The first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm  Visitors extremely welcome.



More information phone Chairman Peter on: 01939 260935 or

Siobhan 01743 233544  or David 01743 235635

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