Welcome to South Chilterns Gardening


The South Chilterns Gardening Group was set up in 1997 it covers an area of about a twenty mile radius around High Wycombe, encompassing an area of clay, flint and chalk.


2015/16 membership is £15 per year single or £20 for anyone living at the same address together) this includes a quarterly newsletter, diversified events throughout the year which are discounted for members, opportunity to carry out surveys of local nurseries, products and suppliers, to take part in local trials and also to meet face to face people in your area who love gardening, whether they have a window box or a large garden. If you would like to join please send a cheque made out to South Chilterns Group to Pauline Squire,144 Chartridge Lane, Chesham Bucks. HP5 2RH,


Click here to download an Application form in Microsoft Word.

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South Chilterns Gardening sells plants at Farmers' Markets and Boot Sales.  Margaret Wilcox is the co-ordinator e-mail mbwilcox51@tiscali.co.uk.  If you can help at any time please contact Margaret 01628 486497, also if you have plants or produce to sell. It is a very pleasant morning out, if you are free either regularly or just occasionally. 






EVENTS - Spring Summer 2017

N.B. For coach trips, the coach usually has pick up points at Chartridge near Chesham, Beaconsfield (the Greyhound) and Maidenhead (Braywick) depending on the destination.

Thursday 23rd March 2017  

Talk by Helen Reeley

Helen Reeley is a traditional professional gardener with 18 years of experience making and maintaining gardens in the Berkhamsted area. Reeley Landscapes offers all-year round traditional garden maintenance & plant/shrub care. New gardens:planting, patios, pergolas, decks, lighting, water features, project management. Established gardens: pruning, planting, maintenance, containers. Planting: shrubs, trees, perennials, flowers, fruit, herbs, wildlife, pollinators. Planning: surveys, plant lists, consultations. Garden School: willow weaving, container planting, bulb and annual planting, herbs, wreath making. Ethos: with nature, no pesticides, pro native, birds, butterflies, bees, harmony. 

Helen will talk about her work and also gardens she has known. Should be interesting.


2.15 for 2.30 p.m. @ The Guide Hall, Malthouse Square, Beaconsfield, HP9 2LE


Cost: Members £4.00 Guests £4.50


Friday 31st March 2017

The coach will leave Chartridge at 10.00am prompt. Optional lunch available or you can take your own.

According to Jenny Gethin, this is a fascinating visit.

Visit to the Royal Opera House costume and scenery workshop & store.

£30.00 (cheques to Panda Players please.)


Sunday 9th April 2017


The coach will leave here at 9.15 prompt and pick up at Windsor End, Beaconsfield at approx. 9.45 a.m. This Grade II listed Old Rectory with its organic garden has been developed over the past 40 years and is in a very tranquil setting on the banks of a mill race, with the River Coln running through the gardens. The wooden bridge that spans the river encapsulates the quirky spirit of fun, creativity and history that comes together at Quenington. The history of the site probably stretches back to the 12th century, when the Knights Hospitaller had a preceptory in the village. Esme Bradburne, a former head gardener, who read Agriculture at Oxford, was one of the original founder members of the Soil Association. The garden is still run completely on organic lines and Esmeís work was seminal in creating much of the planting that we see today, although the present layout goes back to 1928 when the Old Rectory was bought from the church. There are herbaceous borders, mature trees, pool and bog gardens, as well as a large organic vegetable garden. The garden also contains a permanent sculpture display. The Plant Fair is of course an added extra.


Coach Trip to The Old Rectory, Church Road, Quenington, GL7 5BN for a Rare Plant Fair

Cost: Members £32.00. Guests £34.00.



Wednesday 14th June 2017




The coach will leave Windsor End, Beaconsfield at 9.30 a.m. prompt and pick up at the top of my lane at Buslin Lane Chartridge approx. 10.00. The estate comprises one of the National Trustís most opulent, extensive and beautiful houses set in landscaped parkland. It also includes a model farm with rare breed farm animals. The large cafeteria, shops, and museum, are housed in classical buildings, all linked by well made paths through beautiful lawns, trees and shrubs. Well worth a visit.

Coach Trip to The Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, SG8 0BW

Cost for National Trust Members £28.00 (£18 extra for non-members.)


If you are interested in taking part in any of the events, contact Helen.

Helen Turner, Five Acres, Buslins Lane, Chartridge, Chesham. Bucks HP5 2SN

If you require more information you can contact Helen Turner on 01494 782 349 or Fax 01494 785193 or e-mail helenpanda@tiscali.co.uk 

You can also pay by Bank Transfer if you join the group. Click for Application Form

GROUP CONTACTS - if you would like to help with any of the groups contact Helen Turner
Group Co-ordinator Helen Turner helenpanda@tiscali.co.uk
Events Co-ordinator and Newsletter Editor Helen Turner helenpanda@tiscali.co.uk
Membership Pauline Squires        
Surveys Co-ordinator Vacant    
Finance Anne Bligh   
Trials Co-ordinator Liz Kwantes  
Secretary Trisha Lewis  

Click here for a calender of events for local gardening groups