War-torn past to bright fuch­sia

Gar­den­ing club cel­e­brates mile­stone

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

NOT many groups man­age to stay to­gether for 75 years but for one ever­green club their roots are far too en­trenched for them to be go­ing any­where any­time soon.

The Chal­font St Peter Gar­den­ing Club is set to celebrate its mile­stone birth­day later this year, hav­ing of­fi­cially opened in 1940 to help the vil­lage re­cover from Sec­ond World War ra­tioning.

To help the war ef­fort the gov­ern­ment of the time en­cour­aged civil­ians to ‘Dig for Vic­tory’ which re­sulted in many gar­den­ing clubs and so­ci­eties formed dur­ing that time. Now, 75 years later, mem­bers still meet to share a com­mon in­ter­est in all things hor­ti­cul­tural. To celebrate its birth­day their hut was com­pletely re­fur­bished and each mem­ber was pre­sented with a jute tote bag.

Mem­bers are look­ing to the fu­ture now and are tool­ing up for the big­gest event of the year, which takes place on Au­gust 22 at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Gravel Hill.

At their an­nual show you will find the cen­tre filled with fruit and veg­etable dis­plays, flow­ers, cakes and chut­neys.

Chair­man Su­san Mills said: “I am very proud of our her­itage, and I value the fel­low­ship en­joyed with our mem­bers. For all of us the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment is our source of plea­sure and in­spi­ra­tion.”

She added: “On a per­sonal level ev­ery gar­dener I meet is a de­light. Gar­den­ers tend to be op­ti­mistic, pa­tient and take the time to ap­pre­ci­ate the won­der­ful world that we live in.

“The philoso­pher Fred­er­ick Lang­bridge wrote – ‘Two men look out through the same bars, one sees mud and one sees stars.’ As gar­den­ers we see both.”

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