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A decade of Growing Redhill

It is not widely known that Growing Redhill has completed a decade of community gardening.

We have always been a modest group in size, evolving over the years according to what local people need. Nowadays, we make donations and give start-up advice to local groups wanting to ‘grow their own’. This is especially when they would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Our early activities included some food growing and building a stag beetle loggery on land in Merstham. We were part of a wider group called Sustainable Redhill. Then:

·       In November 2008, Growing Redhill really took off. We had a donation of tools from Fiskar's Orange Thumb community initiative. We started to help local people to 'grow their own' through a formal Landshare Agreement on land in Merstham and worked more in partnership with local organisations. 


·       At the beginning of 2011, we relaunched our website at www.growingredhill.co.uk


·       In 2011, we worked with Merstham Station’s owners to install large flower planters at Merstham Station and we have run them ever since. Commuters and other travellers have enjoyed everything from traditional English herbs to tropical banana plants. Following a break in 2018, while we became a formal station partner, we are back with a colourful splash!


·       By 2013, we had up to 20 plots occupied by local residents as well as bee hives on the half-acre growing site in Merstham, Surrey, with kind permission of the landowner. 


·       Over time, our novice growers fledged onto proper allotment plots – or else took their new found skills to new areas with growing families. We chose to return the site to the landowner in 2014. 


·       Since 2010, we’ve held five ‘Free Fruit Days’ at which we’ve redistributed up to 400kg home grown fruit in a day on Reigate High Street. Our members have also been out and about year on year, picking unwanted local fruit – some of which went to the Merstham Loveworks food bank in 2017. 


·       In 2013, we were given £2,000 by a benefactor. We started to spend the grant and got a gardening project off the ground at Warwick School, Redhill with installation of large raised planters and a lunchtime gardening club.


·       Since 2014, we’ve worked together with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in Memorial Park, Redhill. Once the park was re-opened, we helped to plant up the new sensory garden. Since then, we’ve planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs that now create a colourful splash every spring.


·       In 2015, we won a Mayor of Reigate and Banstead’s Volunteer Team of the Year Award.


·       Since 2016, we’ve worked annually with The Challenge and young people on the National Citizenship Scheme to give them an opportunity to grow life skills. Here’s a message from Team Reiss who we worked with in Summer 2018:

"It is becoming more and more evident within society today that not enough people are going outside. This reveals a gateway into a grim future for the next generations as well as the current. Physical illness, mental illness and a fragmented society. Help us campaign for a better, brighter, greener future."





Team Reiss get their campaign started with Debbie Fox from Growing Redhill

Be a friend for a fiver

Want to join us? A number of our activities are unique opportunities for members only.

You can be a friend of Growing Redhill for a fiver for the whole year. Visit our 'Join us' page to pay £5.50 via Paypal, which includes a Paypal transaction fee. Please remember to provide your contact details. 


Why pay high prices for naturally grown food when you can produce your own?

Growing Redhill is a community gardening group based in the Redhill area of Surrey. You don't have to be a skilled gardener to join, just enthusiastic! Since 2008 we've been helping people to 'grow their own' successfully in the Redhill area. We also maintain the flower planters at Merstham Station.
           Contact

Debbie Fox, Chair
Growing Redhill

secretary@growingredhill.co.uk

Tel: 07717 678968.

Next events

           Please watch out for any updates or cancellations on our website before travelling 

  www.growingredhill.co.uk


  • Monday 7 January from 8pm. FREE talk – ‘Getting Started in the Garden’, by two members of Merstham Horticultural Society at Merstham Hub, 2a Portland Drive, Merstham RH1 2HY. Refreshments provided.

 

  • Saturday 19 January at 11am. Growing Redhill Committee meeting. Come and meet us informally in the café at Redhill Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Redhill RH1 1BP.

  • Sunday 10 March at 2.30pm. Surrey Horticultural Federation Spring Talk ‘Revive Your Garden’, by Nick Bailey, who you will probably know from BBC Gardener’s World. Tickets are priced £7.50 each for members of Growing Redhill, due to our affiliation to SHF. Otherwise £10. Book direct via SHF Secretary Janet Arm see surreyhorticulturalfederation.org. A lift from Redhill may be available.

  • Wednesday 10 April at 8pm. National Vegetable Society Surrey District Association talk by Ian Clemens ‘New Vegetable Varieties’ at Redhill Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Redhill Surrey RH1 1BP. Members of Growing Redhill entry price £1 each, due to our affiliation to the association. Otherwise £3.

  • February, May and November. We’re back at Merstham Station! – Gina will be leading sessions to pep up the planters there. For Growing Redhill members only. If you want to join in, for safety reasons please let us know well in advance and you will need to provide photograph identification.

 

  

 

You will notice a splash of colour at Merstham Station over winter



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Previous events


In summer 2018, we gave a small grant to Welcare, which was very pleased with the resourcing of its ‘Smellie Wellie’ family gardening project in Redhill.




Planting up wellies with fragrant herbs


We made it through a decade of community gardening! We celebrated in scorching sunshine with an annual general meeting in July 2018.


The bunting was out in Chair Debbie’s garden for our 2018 AGM


There was a bumper crop of apples locally in the autumn of 2017. So we went picking with kind permissions from The Feathers Pub and a landowner on Church Hill, Merstham. Some of the fruit went to the Loveworks food bank in Merstham.


National Citizenship Scheme - Aug takeover!

The NCS Perham Team took over from 19-26 August 2017! Nine young people from as far afield as Croydon and Nutfield planned a sponsorship day, a volunteering day and campaign day. They raised over £230 for Growing Redhill's community projects. You can use the 'Donate online' link at the bottom of this page to give whatever you can.

Welcome Perham Team!

Space to grow project

We want to help more people in Redhill and the surrounding area to 'grow their own'. Do you know someone who cannot afford to grow? Or would your group benefit from our support? Contact secretary@growingredhill.co.uk


           Membership and benefits

It costs just £5.00 per year to be a member of Growing Redhill. You will have access to unique opportunities for growing locally, meeting like-minded people and passing your gardening skills to others. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a member. Contact secretary@growingredhill.co.uk. 

  • All ages and experience levels welcome
  • Public liability insurance
  • Access to shared tools
  • Seed swaps
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