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Charity Support
In 2019 we supported the Pemberton Roses and Bentall roses at St Francis Hospice and also Jack's Place Charity with a donation of 532 divided between them.

Head of Major Gifts and Legacies at St Francis Hospice told us that they used our donation to upgrade the seating areas in the gardens.  "In 2020 it was even more important for patients and guests to be able to meet up outside and enjoy the spectacular roses".

In 2018 our charity was NT Rainham Hall Gardens and we invited Jesse Lock (community gardener) to give a talk.  Over the last three years he and his team of volunteers have been involved in developing the garden on a shoestring budget so he was delighted to be presented with a cheque for 420 which included proceeds from the May plant sale.

They have used the money to purchase new plants for a long shady border along the lower lawn. These included heucheras, digitalis, japanese anemone and mahonia. The border looks much brighter and will improve over time.

In 2017 we raised 325 to contribute to the teaching of horticulture at Corbets Tey School  in Upminster.  We have provided plants for the school over recent years and will continue to maintain a link with them

The money has been used to buy specially adapted tools and equipment for their pupils. The special hand tools are lighter and stronger and suitable for children with poor hand mobility.

In 2016, 306 was raised for the newly opened Ingrebourne Valley  Visitor Centre of Essex Wildlife Trust.

2015 we raised 300 for the
Wildlife Gardening Forum and in 2014, 100 for the Shaw Trust .

History of the Society
"The Upminster Horticultural Society, embracing Cranham and North Ockendon has recently been formed to encourage residents in these parishes to take an increased interest in horticulture...." so said the Essex Times of Wednesday September 18th 1907.  The Society had held a "Cottage Show" on Saturday September 13th 1907.  
The Essex Times reported that there were upward of 100 entries, which were of a high order and the reporter expressed his view that "...the Society has come to stay." He goes on to say that "Mr Tyler's exhibit of cut and pot dahlias baffles description" and "Mr Reg Low's collection of sweet peas was unique".
This metamorphosed into The Upminster and District Horticultural Society the following year.  It began its life as a society with an Annual Show and Sports Day held in July.  It was one of the major activities in the village of Upminster with its population of about 1500 people.  The show was usually held on the Cricket Ground that is now part of Upminster Junior and Infants School.
The Society continued to hold its Annual Show until the First World War but resumed in the July of 1919.  It ceased to be in 1924 but returned once more in 1934 combined with the Hornchurch Horticultural Society. Once more war interrupted its existence but in 1945 it rose again but this time separate from Hornchurch.
A fuller version of its history can be read in 'The Upminster and District Horticultural Society - a Brief Account of its One Hundred Year History'  (a 32 page booklet) available from the Society priced 1 for members and 1.50 for non-members.
Despite having over 600 members, we no longer have enough support to run any flower shows and, as a consequence, our 'Silverware' is now housed in the Havering Museum.

The History of the U&DHS is available in booklet form. Contact us for details.

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