Our work in the community
We enjoy the many opportunities to connect with schools.
As gardening has now been included in the curriculum for 9 - 14 year olds, BHS has been working with four local primary schools. We learn from each other at brief facilitated meetings where ideas and contacts are exchanged. The Society's children's schedule and a special competition arrangement enable some focused growing and project work in the classroom which is then presented in our shows.
We also support gardening in schools through our involvement with the Epsom College community scheme which offers volunteer assistance both in the classroom and in gardening practice.
We are grateful for the energy and enthusiasm
shown by the school staff who put in their own time to ensure that learners' work is enjoyed at our shows and that we in turn can enjoy the vibrant energy that children's creativity brings.
The Society liaises with Banstead Community Junior School, Shawley Community Primary School, St Anne's Catholic Primary School and Epsom Downs Primary School and Children's Centre.
For more information about this and all our activities
Epsom College community
We have negotiated a limited number of places on this scheme to assist some of our members who need help in the garden. Students volunteer an hour per week over two terms to help with gardening projects for members who are able to supervise unskilled safe garden work.
Links with other horticultural societies
We offer membership so that other Societies can join us whilst keeping their own unique identity and membership benefits. In this way we learn from each other and benefit from the differences.
We are delighted to welcome to our shows
Banstead Horticultural Society
Growing together in Banstead
Our community friends
We enjoy the many opportunities to connect with other local communities which share our love of gardening.
Banstead Arts Festival
Since 2012 we have enjoyed being part of the Banstead Arts festival when we have hold our open evening and welcome members of the public. It is great fun to join in such a worthy event.
We include all allotment gardeners in the district. We have excellent long standing links with the Tattenham Way Allotment and Gardens Association.
Winkworth Woodland community Project
A group of local residents have joined together to upgrade and manage a corner of natural woodland at the end of Bolters Lane, Banstead. With advice from a wildlife specialist they have begun a programme of clearance and planting to improive this area and make it accessible.
Residents have planted spring bulbs such as snowdrops, daffodils and native bluebells and have introduced young saplings.
Well-being and disability
Gardening is often associated with fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It is also used therapeutically to help individuals recover or manage mental or physical difficulties. Our daytime meetings provide an ideal opportunity to learn more from specialist workers and raise funds in support.
We also take part in local events
The Society takes part in various local events including Banstead Village Day.