100th Anniversary of the Emsworth Horticultural Society
Emsworth Horticultural Society
6th – 28th July
The Land Settlement Facilities Act required land to be made available to everyone to produce food, but mainly it was a way of assisting returning service men. In Emsworth the site chosen was a field off Victoria Road. The Emsworth and District Allotment Association Limited was set up and in 1920 signed an agreement with Warblington Urban District Council to run the allotments, collecting rents and making sure that plots were cultivated and in good order. Many plots were miniature smallholdings on which members (all men) kept livestock such as hens and pigs as well as growing vegetables and fruit.
During WWII the Society was charged with running the increased number of allotment areas in the national drive to grow more food with the call “Dig for Victory”.
In 1948 the Association stopped being a limited company and became the Emsworth and District Allotments and Gardens Asociation. Seventy years on the Association has evolved into Emsworth Horticultural Society with over 350 members.
The Museum opens:
Saturdays 10.30am – 4.30pm and Sundays 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
Top Image “A Fisherman’s Retreat” was the Emsworth Horticultural Society’s first venture at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2001. It was designed by Sarah Sanderson, EHS current President, and won a Silver medal.
- From 06 July 2019 10:30 to 28 July 2019 16:30