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The Alpine Garden Society

The Alpine Garden Society
The Society is for anyone interested in alpine plants, rock gardening and rock garden plants, in fact any small hardy plants and bulbs. The Alpine Garden Society was founded in 1929 with the aim of promoting an interest in all aspects of alpine plants, their cultivation in rock gardens and plant conservation in their natural habitats.
Bat Conservation Trust Bat Conservation Trust
Bats are amazing animals, and an important part of our natural environment. There are 17 species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected by law because their numbers have decreased so dramatically. The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) is working towards a world where bats and people live in harmony, to ensure they are around for future generations to enjoy.
British Dragonfly Society British Dragonfly Society
The British Dragonfly Society (BDS) was founded in 1983 by a small group of dragonfly enthusiasts and scientists. The Society has grown substantially since that time and the current BDS membership of about 1,500 is spread the length and breadth of the country, as well as into Europe and beyond. Once run entirely by volunteers, the BDS appointed its first paid employee, a Conservation Officer, in 2001 and the Society continues to go from strength to strength. A second member of staff was appointed in 2005 to deal with dragonfly data and recording initiatives.
The British Fuchsia Society The British Fuchsia Society
The Society was formed in 1938 with the object of furthering interest in cultivation of the Fuchsia. Membership of the Society is recommended to all fuchsia lovers. During the year, members will receive a year book, bulletins and publications, free cuttings, advice etc.
British Hedgehog Preservation Society British Hedgehog Preservation Society
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is a registered UK Charity (number 326885) dedicated to helping & protecting hedgehogs native to the UK (Erinaceus europaeus). The aims of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society are: To encourage and give advice to the public concerning the care of hedgehogs particularly when injured, sick, treated cruelly, orphaned or in any other danger. To encourage children to respect our natural wildlife - by supplying information and giving lectures and thus fostering an interest in hedgehogs. To fund research into behavioural habits of hedgehogs and to ascertain the best methods of assisting their survival.
The British Pteridological Society The British Pteridological Society
The British Pteridological Society was founded in the Lake District in 1891 and soon became the focal point for fern enthusiasts throughout the British Isles. Today it continues to provide a wide range of information about ferns, through its web site and by publishing regular journals, leaflets and books, and organising formal talks, informal discussions and outdoor meetings. The international membership includes those interested in gardening, natural history and botany, both amateur and professional. It is a friendly society run on a voluntary basis. The Objects of the Society are to promote all aspects of Pteridology by encouraging the appreciation, conservation, cultivation and scientific study of ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts through publications, meetings, the provision of grants and other appropriate means.
Commercial Horticultural Association
Established in 1978 the CHA works in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to:
• publish and distribute its Buyers' Guide to promote its members' products and services and British horticulture as a whole throughout the world
• provide members with a range of benefits to help them develop and market their products in the UK and world-wide
• negotiate grants at overseas shows and discounts for members at Trade Shows and associated hotels
• collect, filter and distribute sales leads
• represent members' views to government and other policy making bodies
• organise UK pavilions at selected shows overseas to provide a platform for UK exporters
Commercial Horticultural Association
The Heather Society The Heather Society
The Society covers every aspect of this world, from the wild heathers of European heaths and moorlands to the rare and unusual splendours of South African or “Cape” heaths, from everyday cultivation, including choosing, growing and propagating hardy heathers, to scientific studies and nomenclature. The Heather Society was founded in 1963 to promote and encourage interest in all aspect of heathers. It now has members throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as elsewhere in Europe, and in Africa, the Americas, Australasia and the Far East.
HDRA (Henry Doubleday Research Association) - Garden Organic HDRA (Henry Doubleday Research Association) - Garden Organic
Garden Organic, the UK's leading organic growing charity, has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years and is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. Garden Organic began life as the Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) in 1954 as a result of the inspiration and initiative of one man, Lawrence Hills. As an horticulturalist he had a keen interest in organic growing, but he earned his living as a freelance journalist writing for The Observer, Punch and The Countryman. Whilst researching a book called Russian Comfrey, he discovered that the plant grown widely in Britain today was introduced in the nineteenth century by a Quaker smallholder named Henry Doubleday.
The Hebe Society The Hebe Society
The Hebe Society was founded in 1985 and is a British Registered Charity. It is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, New Zealand Alpine Garden Society and Tatton Garden Society. Most members are in the British Isles, but some are in the rest of Europe, North America and New Zealand. Although initially formed for those interested in hebes, the Society now supports the cultivation and conservation of all New Zealand plants.
The Herb Society The Herb Society
The Herb Society is an internationally-renowned educational charity dedicated to encouraging the appreciation and use of herbs in cooking, gardening, cosmetic, historical and medicinal uses for professionals or amateurs. Whilst the majority of members are in the UK we have members worldwide including the USA, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Australia and Europe.
The Historic Gardens Foundation The Historic Gardens Foundation
The Historic Gardens Foundation is a charitable organisation set up in 1995 for everyone interested in the world’s fascinating heritage of parks and gardens. The HGF’s network of subscribers links garden enthusiasts of all kinds: visitors, owners, professional gardeners, landscape architects, historians, planners and botanists. Each country has its own way of enjoying historic gardens and we can all learn from each other.
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and suppliers. Established in 1899 at the Crystal Palace by 60 like-minded horticulturists, the HTA has, for over 100 years, promoted the interests of its members and the industry at large.  A cost-effective and comprehensive range of business support and development initiatives are available to individual members.  To the membership as a whole, HTA provides a vital forum for identifying and dealing with key garden industry issues and opportunities, represents industry views to Government and is its voice in the media.
National Fox Welfare Society National Fox Welfare Society
A completely voluntary organisation that has been running now for nearly 20 years, dedicated to helping the Red Fox in the UK by providing rescues for sick and injured foxes, treatments for foxes suffering from Sarcoptic Mange, cage traps for critically sick foxes though still mobile.
NGS - The National Gardens Scheme NGS - The National Gardens Scheme
The NGS publishes The Yellow Book, a guide to over 3,700 gardens - the so-called ‘bible’ of garden visiting. Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The gardens give all the money raised directly to us (including from the sale of teas and plants); the only exceptions being in some cases they ask that a small proportion goes to a nominated local charity. Our tradition of opening gardens of quality, character and interest is supported by our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.
The National Vegetable Society The National Vegetable Society
The society is currently organised into five regional branches, each covering its own area of the country. The society has some 2800 members who range from allotment and kitchen garden growers through to some of the top exhibitors in the country. There's a wealth of knowledge in the society and our members have written many articles on vegetable growing which are published in the quarterly magazine, Simply Vegetables, that is provided to members. You will also find articles on all aspects of vegetable growing and showing in this site which may be beneficial to you.
The Old Lawnmower Club The Old Lawnmower Club
The Old Lawnmower Club was formed in 1990 to promote the collection, preservation and display of lawn mowers made from 1830 onwards. We have more than 500 members around the world. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in old lawn mowers. We participate in a number of events throughout the year at museums, garden shows, vintage rallies and steam fairs. You can find out more about what we do on this site.
Perennial - Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society Perennial - Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society
Perennial is the national charity for those who work or have worked in horticulture and their spouses/ partners when they face adversity or need. Perennial has been caring for the guardians of our green and pleasant land for around 160 years and today provides retirement accommodation, financial help and a team of caseworkers who are able to give advice and support on matters ranging from housing and benefits through to emotional and family problems - the sort of friends everyone needs in a crisis!
Plant Heritage (Formerly known as NCCPG) Plant Heritage (Formerly known as NCCPG)
Plant Heritage is the world’s leading garden plant conservation charity. Formerly known as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens (NCCPG), Plant Heritage brings together the talents of botanists, horticulturalists and conservationists and the dedication of keen amateur and professional gardeners. Their mission is to encourage the conservation of cultivated plants in the British Isles, supporting and publishing research into these plants, their origins, their historical and cultural importance and their environments, and helping to educate the public in the importance of cultivated plant conservation.
Plants For A Future (PFAF) Plants For A Future (PFAF)
Plants For A Future (PFAF) is a charitable company, originally set up to support the work of Ken and Addy Fern on their experimental site in Cornwall, where they carried out research and provided information on edible and otherwise useful plants suitable for growing outdoors in a temperate climate. Over time they planted 1500 species of edible plants on 'The Field' in Cornwall, which was their base since 1989. Over ten years ago, Ken began compiling a database, which currently consists of approximately 7000 species of plants.
RFS - Royal Forestry Society RFS - Royal Forestry Society
The RFS are dedicated to the wise management of trees and woodlands, and to increasing people’s understanding of forestry. he Royal Forestry Society started back in 1882 when a group of foresters in Northumberland got together to exchange news and views about silviculture.
RCHS - Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society RCHS - Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society
The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society is a Scotland-wide horticultural and gardening society.  Members include both amateur and professional, generalists, specialists and those who simply like gardens and gardening.  We aim to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of all types of horticulture and to advance education in gardening and horticulture for everyone.
The Royal Horticultural Society The Royal Horticultural Society
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 in London, England as the Horticultural Society of London, and gained its present name in a Royal Charter granted in 1861. The Royal Horticultural Society is one of the world’s leading horticultural organizations and the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting gardening.
RNRS - Royal National Rose Society RNRS - Royal National Rose Society
Founded in 1876, the Royal National Rose Society is a leading gardening charity (Registered Charity No. 1035848) dedicated to encouraging, improving and extending the science, art and practice of the cultivation and conservation of roses. The Society still adheres to these principles and promotes growing roses, provides information and helps rose growers and enthusiasts across the world.
Promotes conservation of birds and other wildlife through the protection and re-creation of habitats. Their work is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends.
The Scottish National Sweet Pea, Rose & Carnation Society The Scottish National Sweet Pea, Rose & Carnation Society
The Scottish National Sweet Pea, Rose & Carnation Society is one of the oldest gardening societies in Scotland formed in 1919. We encourage the cultivation of Sweet Peas, Roses and Carnations through annual exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and competitions. The Society also conducts trials for Sweet Pea varieties that are not yet commercially available. These trials attract entries from the worlds leading hybridists in Europe, North America and Australasia. The trials are held in the walled garden at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.
The Scottish Rock Garden Club The Scottish Rock Garden Club
The Scottish Rock Garden Club was founded in 1933 by a small group of enthusiasts who were interested in promoting the cultivation of alpine and rock garden plants. There are now over 4500 enthusiastic members in 38 countries. The SRGC is the largest horticultural society in Scotland and considered by many to be the friendliest and most accessible in the World. This site adds a new dimension to club membership and provides non-members with a window on club activities and membership benefits.
Thrive Thrive
Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people. We help people who want to garden at home, on an allotment, in a community setting or who may to access our own structured horticultural therapy programmes, currently available in the South East. A research programme underpins Thrive’s work to provide evidence and improve understanding. Gardening can help individuals accomplish many things. It can help rebuild a person’s strength after an accident or illness, and can provide a purposeful activity for someone coping with a difficult period in their life. It can lift moods and help people to connect with others, reducing isolation by forming friendships and improve communications skills.
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