Derbyshire, North

This group has around 120 members.  It meets in the Matlock area to hear speakers, has garden visits in summer, organises a weekend trip to gardens and has a plant sale.

Meetings are held at Willersley Castle Hotel, Cromford DE4 5HJ in the old library.  

All meetings are on a Saturday 1.30 for 2.00pm Tea/Coffee available at £1.50 per person


Please see website for directions.


Autumn Newsletter 2017 


September 2017

9th September 2017 2.00pm  Our last garden visit this year

Clumber Park Walled Garden     Clumber Park, Worksop S80 3BD 

IMPORTANT National Trust Members free – please bring your card as this saves us money!!!

Non-members explain to gate keeper that you are visitors with the NDCGS please.

4m S Worksop. Follow NT Brown signs. Large car park.  Refreshments in café at 3.30 – 4.00pm                   

Clumber Park 's four acre Walled Kitchen Garden was built in 1772 to supply the Dukes of Newcastle with fruit and vegetables. Unusual and old strains of vegetables are grown alongside modern and heritage varieties. 

We will have a talk from one of the gardeners about the history and current developments.

October 2017 

‘Bring and Share’  Saturday 14th October 2017 Pentrich Village Hall, Pentrich  DE5 3RE 2.00 – 4.00pm       (Set Up from 1.00pm for stallholders)

This is an opportunity to get together, catch up with old friends and meet new members. If you would like to sell items, cards, your produce, plants or swap them with others please contact me for a table on 01629 823402. As the venue is used for a sewing group please bring your own table covering to keep things as clean as possible. Please bring a dish of your choice, savoury or sweet so we can share. We’ll provide tea/coffee and a Quiz! This is always fun and we will have copies of this Autumn Programme available if you don’t have one already.

Hardy Plant Society Talk - Saturday 21st October 2017 Shirland Village Hall, Main Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6BB.  

We are invited by the Hardy Plant Society to a talk by Helena Gerrish about H Avery Tipping, designer of High Glanau Manor in Gwent. We visited this glorious Arts and Crafts garden in June on our weekend away. Tickets (on the door only) £3.00 each if there’s space.

December 2017

Christmas Lunch  Sunday 10th December 2017 Willersley Castle Hotel Cromford 12.30 for 1.00pm

Please find the 3 course Christmas Menu enclosed. Please make your choices and fill in the form. Return by  Saturday, November 18th 2017 at the latest. We won’t be able to accommodate bookings after this date.

Please contact Lorraine for details if you’re reading this on the National CGS website

Winter Speakers 2017 - 2018

As members may already know, we have had to change our venue for meetings. Sadly the Temple Hotel in Matlock Bath is closing. We have had a long association with Chris and Mel and have sent our thanks to them for hosting our meetings for many years.

November 11th  2017

Sally Cunningham from Garden Organic is going to talk about ‘New developments in vegetable growing’.

Sally is registered with WEA, Leicester, and has run many courses over the years both for Garden Organic and other organisations. Her particular interests are Asian vegetables and wildlife in the garden. She has researched and grown many Asian vegetables on a South Midlands allotment.

January 13th  2018

Robert Barlow is going to give a talk ‘Endon Well Dressing. 170 years of History Portrayed in Flowers’.

He is Chairman and Well Designer for the Endon Well Dressing Festival, which celebrated its 170th Anniversary during 2014. Robert Barlow also runs North Staffordshire Hostas with his wife Margaret from their home in the village of Endon, in North Staffordshire.

February 17th  2018

Anthony Norman will talk to us about ‘Colour in Leaf’.

Anthony, with his wife Susan, run the Cheshire-based specialist nursery, Conquest Plants. His areas of expertise include growing and using coloured foliage plants.  He is currently building a National Collection of Euonymus.

March 10th  2018

Jane Allison will talk about  ‘Banquet for Bees and Butterflies’. Providing for bees and butterflies in your garden. A look at how we can help them all year round through our planting choices.

Jane Allison runs Mayfields Plants and Garden Design from her third of an acre garden in Stanthorne, Cheshire. She specialises in cottage garden perennials, many of which are grown from seed, and propagated from plants in her own herbaceous borders.

Thanks to Chris Middleton for arranging our speakers.

RHS Chatsworth Show

Some of our members represented the National Cottage Garden Society at the new RHS Show at Chatsworth House in June. They built a stand and, despite dreadful weather, had real success in raising money for the society and recruiting new members to Cottage Gardening. Photos and the RHS Silver medal will be on display at the Bring and Share in October.

Finally, I’d like to thank our committee for all their hard work in making our events a success. The Plant Sale, The Weekend Away, Summer Garden visits, Coach Trip, Winter Speakers and  the Bring and Share only happen because they are a dedicated team.

Enjoy the late Summer and Autumn in your garden.

Best Wishes

Lorraine Wolsey

Membership Fees 
ur membership year runs from January to December.

Single Membership: £6         Two members residing at the same address: £10

Please submit your subscriptions to:-    

Mrs. Rosemary Thacker, 14 Edge Road, Matlock DE4 3NH

Cheques should be made payable to: North Derbyshire Cottage Garden Society. Fees can be paid at the indoor meetings.    

Remember that you are insured when on our garden visits only if you are a member of The National Cottage Garden Society.  Subscriptions are due on 1st October 2017.  To apply for membership contact:  Single membership £12, Joint £15








Rosemary Thacker
14 Edge Road
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