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Corona Virus
Urgent Notice

It is with regret that I must inform you that for the safety of our membership it has been decided that we must cancel the Spring Show on Sunday 5th April 2020 and also the talk on Tuesday 7th April.

The Summer Show on 28th June has now also been cancelled.

Hope you all keep well.

Regards Kate Chambers

The society has now cancelled all trips for 2020.

They will be postponed till 2021 due to Covid 19 as the government has requested everyone to self isolate it is therefore impossible to run these trips.

Refunds will be issued in due course

A Brief History of the Saffron Walden Horticultural Society
Established 1819

The above Society was originally established for the encouragement of Horticulture, Botany and Agriculture.
The President was the Right Honourable Lord Braybrooke and it is recorded that 2 very prominent citizens of Saffron Walden William Chater (1802 – 85) and Francis Gibson were both committee members when it was formed in 1819.
The Saffron Walden Horticultural Society held its summer fete intermittently in Bridge End Gardens during the 19th Century. In 1883 the Summer Exhibition was held in the Ornamental Grounds, Bridge End, by kind permission of Lewis Fry, Esq, M.P. and included the mounted band of the Royal Artillery by permission of the Assistant Adjutant General. These exhibitions developed into large annual shows and were held at Audley End Park. Extra trains were laid on from Colchester and Cambridge to cope with the influx of visitors for these important events.
However by 1901 the Society had hit financial difficulties with a loss of patronage and falling membership, it was decided to disband.
It was eventually revived in 1922 under the leadership of the Town Mayor, David Mill and in the inter war years, smaller shows were held in conjunction with other organisations, such as the Horse Society.
Very few shows were organised during the Second World War and by 1951 support for the Society had again diminished, so the decision was taken to disband the Society for a second time. A completely fortuitous revival occurred in 1977, when George Scrivener organised a Rose Show as part of the Jubilee celebrations, which later evolved into the Saffron Walden Rose Society and ultimately the Saffron Walden Horticultural Society was reborn.
Ever since the Society has gone from strength to strength and is now established boasting a substantial membership and a busy programme of events with which to celebrate their Bicentenary.


Data Protection Policy

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came in to force on 25 May 2018.  Under the new regulations, the society needs to advise members how we use the personal data that they provide as part of membership applications. You can read our full policy by clicking this link.

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Society Shows 2020

Summer Show SUNDAY 28th JUNE 2020
Autumn Show SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2020

A Golden Acre Community Centre, Ross Close, Saffron Walden CB11 4DT



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Thinking Ahead for 2021-
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Spring Show Selfie Touch of Frost
Summer Show My Bike Graffiti
Autumn Show My School River Scene

National Shows

Chelsea Flower Show
19-23 May 2020

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
6-12 July 2020


Summer Show - Rose & Floral

The Saffron Walden Horticultural Society Summer Rose and Floral Show was held on Sunday 16th June 2019 at the Golden Acre Community Centre.  This is the second  Show being held during the 200th Anniversary of the forming of the Society in 1819.
Despite the rain last week there was a good display of Roses and other flowers, vegetables and plants.  Although entries were down, there were entries in all classes from Flowers and plants through to the cooking and craft.    Everyone who visited the show in the afternoon enjoyed tea and cake, after admiring the exhibits.


Spring Show – Daffodil & Floral

The Saffron Walden Horticultural Spring Daffodil and Floral Show was held on Sunday 14th April 2019 at the Golden Acre Community Centre.  This is the first of several events and Shows being held throughout 2019 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the forming of the Society in 1819.
The number of Exhibitors was slightly down from last year and unfortunately, the number of Daffodils was down due mainly to the warmer weather some weeks ago, but there was a good number of entries for other plants and flowers, as well as the Domestic Section and Junior section. more

September 2018


For the list of winners click here

June 17 2018

Summer Show - Rose & Floral

For the list of winners click here

April 15 2018

Spring Show – Daffodil & Floral

For the list of winners click here


AUTUMN – HORTICULTURAL Show Golden Acre Community Centre, Ross Close S.W

For the list of winners click here


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