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Links to Useful Resources

You will find information about a wide range of resources for gardeners on these pages. There are links to general information, relevant govenment departments, policy documents and reports. Local and national horticultural societies, discussion groups, messages boards, garden centres and online suppliers are included.

Just click on the headings below.
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asterisk_bGeneral information

asterisk_bGovernment departments and Local MPs

asterisk_bHorticultural Societies

asterisk_bDiscussion groups & Message Boards

asterisk_bOnline Guides, Journals and Magazines

asterisk_bGuides, Fact sheets, Policy documents and Reports

asterisk_bLocal Garden Centres

asterisk_bSeeds, Plants and Other supplies


General information

Allotment Gardening Guide Royal Horticultural Society guide about finding a plot, clearing the area and working the plot. Links to advice about soil cultivation and crop rotation.

Allotment Growing- General advice about growing vegetables, fruit and herbs.

Allotment Regeneration Initiative An initiative funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to promote regeneration of allotments. The web site contains information about various projects, regeneration initiatives, and access to grants. Most of their publications are available online.

Britain in Bloom This is a large horticultural campaign to encourage individuals and communities improve their local area by various measures. It is organised by the RHS. It will be sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements.

Carry on Gardening A special gardening web site from Thrive (the charity that promotes the benefit of gardening for people with a disability).

Hillingdon Adult Education Provides various part-time courses for adults. Details of horticultural courses are also available.

Lawn Experts A specialist site about lawn care.

London Borough of Hillingdon - Greenspaces Provides information about allotments and other green spaces in the borough.

The Garden Museum Information about the history of gardens and gardening in the UK.

Natural England Promotes conservation of the natural environment and wild life. This web site contains information about developments in rural, urban, costal and marine areas.

National Allotment Gardens Trust The trust aims to promote allotment gardening by organising 'National Allotment Week' and the Best Allotment Site' competition. The competition is in conjunction with Kitchen Garden magazine. There are three categories: Best Allotment Site; Best Community Project; Best Shed.

National Garden Scheme This is a charitable trust that provides access to a wide range of private gardens that are open to the public. The gardens are usually listed in the famous 'Yellow book'.

Plant Heritage A leading plant conservation charity. The website contains a list of all national plant collections.

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Government Departments, Local Council and MPS

DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs The department is responsible for policy and regulations on the environment food and rural affairs.

New Local Government Network. They published an interesting document about meeting community demands for allotments 'Can You Dig It'

United Kingdom Parliament General informati and links to local MPs.

London Borough of Hillingdon Information about the borough with links to Council services and publications.

Nick Hurd- Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner.

John McDonnell - Member of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington.

Boris Johnson- Member of Parliament for Uxbridge & South Ruislip.

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Horticultural Societies

Brogdale This is the home of the national fruit collection. It belongs to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). There are special fruit festivals during year.

Garden Organic Formerly known as the Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA). The society promotes organic gardening and farming.

Ickenham and Swakeleys Horticultural Society Details about various events shows and talks are available on their web site

National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners
This is the national representative body for allotments in the UK. It promotes the preservation of allotment gardening. The Prince of Wales became their patron in 2011. Members have opportunity to purchase goods from Kings Seeds at discount rate.

National Vegetable Society
The society is a charity that is dedicated to improving the culture of vegetables. The website contains lots of advice for amateurs and those who are growing vegetables for show.

Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew An inspiring organisation that seeks to deliver science-based plant conservation across the world.

Royal Horticultural Society Promotes good gardening and horticulture. The web site won the New Media Award in 2006. It contains a wide range of information, resources, gardening advice, news, gardeners' calender, details of RHS events and gardens. plus the plant finder. There is also a special section about growing vegetables.

Ruislip Central Horticultural Society Details about various events, shows and talks are available on their web site

Ruislip-Northwood Co-operative Smallholding and Allotment Society This is an independent allotment society in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners and the Hillingdon Allotment & Horticultural Federation.

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Discussion Groups & Message Boards

Allotment 4 All This is an interesting discussion forum. Most of the members are allotment holders. It covers a wide range of topics. Also contains a useful directory and photographs from various members.

London Allotment Network This network is designed to connect allotment communities in greater London. There are interesting links, general news and discussions.

Online Calenders, Guides, Journals, Magazines, Programmes

Bayer Garden Doctor Bayer manufactures a wide range of garden products. The garden doctor section contains information about common problems and diseases.

Beechgrove Garden This is an interesting programme from BBC Scotland. The website contains a range of useful resources.

Gardeners World Magazine - News, advice section, plant features, diary of gardening jobs, various projects.

Kitchen Garden News, monthly advice, discussion forum. The article archive contains lots of information from previous journals. Short video demonstrations included.

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Guides, Fact sheets, Policy documents and Reports

Growing in the Community A good practice guide about management of allotments. It contains information about policies and relevant legislation. Published by the Local Government Association.

A Place to Grow: A supplementary document to 'Growing in the Community'.

Local Garden Centres

Ducks Hill Garden Centre, Ducks Hill Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TP

Hillingdon Garden Centre, Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon, UB8 3NP

London Borough of Hillingdon Rural Activities Centre. The centre provides education, supported employment and volunteer opportunities for people with special needs. There is garden centre with a wide range of plants, fruit, vegetables and sundries. Click here for contact details.

Smith's Nurseries, Oxford road New Denham UB9 4DE

Seeds, Plants and Supplies

Award of Garden Merit The AGM award indicates that the plants are recommended by the RHS.

Kings Seeds

Marshall Seeds

Medwyns of Anglesey - Exhibition vegetable seeds.

Organic Gardening Catalogue

Thompson and Morgan

Sutton Seeds and Plants

Tozer Seeds

Vegetable Seeds net This company supplies vegetable, flower, herb and organic seeds. There is a 10% discount for allotment plot holders.

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