12th July 2020
STOP PRESS NEWS – see bottom of this page for details
Affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society
Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies was founded in 1938 to promote and support amateur horticulture throughout Kent and in more recent times societies and clubs from East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London have been invited to join us.
The famous World War II ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign encouraged British people to overcome food shortages by growing their own produce. The movement was so successful that parks and bomb sites were dug up and turned into vegetable patches. By the late 1940s there were an estimated 1.4 million allotment sites in the UK and Kent had an incredible active amateur gardening community. The total number of allotments across Britain today is estimated at around 300,000, a stark contrast to the 1940s, but although gardens today tend to be much smaller than years gone by, amateur gardening is still extremely popular.
Our members share common interests growing flowers, fruit and vegetables etc. and many like to show off their skills participating in the two Federation`s County Shows held in the Summer and Autumn each year. Not forgetting the Mini Spring Show held in conjunction with our Annual General Meeting in March.
Many affiliated organisations hold meetings where specialist Speakers are invited to attend giving expert advice on gardening and growing. The Federation produces a comprehensive list of Judges and Speakers list biennially to assist society secretaries when arranging these ever-popular events. Talks by speakers do not always have to centre around horticulture, as many topics can be found in this published booklet.
If you would like further information or would like to become a member
please contact us.
2020 Autumn Show – Cancelled
The coronavirus is causing us all problems, and it is a very traumatic time for many. The outcome and future are difficult to predict as much depends on the government making the right choices and the public playing their part. The government’s consistent guidelines to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 and to keep people safe include, social distancing, limited contact with people not from your own household, and for people over the age of seventy to follow the government’s lockdown and shielding rules.
Although the Autumn show is not for a number of weeks and lockdown rules at present continue to be eased, these particular guidelines make holding a “safe” show in a confined space (village hall or similar) with a high attendance of exhibitors, judges and visitors, quite simply, impossible. Consideration has also been given to the likelihood that confidence of both exhibitors and the public would probably not be sufficient enough to support a show at this difficult time.
The Community Centre at Ditton remains closed at present, and no decision has been made as to when it might be considered safe to open for business once again. After much thought and deliberation, the committee has taken the very difficult decision to cancel the Autumn show taking into consideration the health, safety, and wellbeing of all concerned. A duty of care to all involved is the overriding responsibility of your committee
Throughout these unprecedented times the Federation continues to offer all of the services you are used to. We are at the end of the phone and also contactable by email.
Let us hope 2021 will see a new beginning and our shows can take place once again. The Federation has already booked the Ditton Community Centre for the A.G.M. & Spring show to be held on March 21st and the Autumn show on September 19th. The Summer show will be at the County show as usual which has been scheduled for July 9th – 10th and 11th.
The Federation`s Chairman and Committee hope that you all understand the situation at this time and will continue to give the K.F.H.S. your fullest and much appreciated support in 2021.
Please Stay Safe.
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