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Groups Coordinator

Ruth Plant has held the position of Groups Coordinator for the last three years and we are now looking for applicants who wish to be considered for this important role.

The Groups Coordinator is the main link between the local and specialist interest groups and the national society.  The role involves giving practical support, encouragement and advice to the groups which operate largely independently.  The Groups Coordinator organises the annual Group Secretaries’ Meeting which is the opportunity for the exchange of information and experiences, and attends Trustees’ Meetings to report on matters concerning the groups.

It is a busy and important role, which is both reactive and pro-active.  If you would like to know more, the job description ishere Alternatively either Ruth or Cathy will be happy to hear from you.



Plant of the Month Blog

Gill Mullin has been writing about her Plant of the Month for the last 3 years and has now decided that it’s time to let someone else have a go.   So I’m looking to our members for someone to take up the challenge.  We have such talented members in the Society, so please come forward if you think you could write a short piece each month.  The blogs are a very popular part of the website and a lot of people regularly check in to read the latest pieces. 

Contact Cathy Rollinson on


Marketing Opportunities

We need a small team of enthusiastic HPS members to help revamp the Society’s marketing plan! If you face incomprehension or get asked “What do they do?” when you mention the HPS, you understand the problem. We need to ensure that the gardening world knows all about us. If you’ve ever said “I could do better than that” when faced with lacklustre publicity for an event, or if you have ideas for raising our profile, then come and help to put us on the horticultural map.

We need a team of four or five volunteers with a range of skills:

  • someone with a flair for design
  • someone to coordinate the circulation of our leaflets and posters
  • someone to oversee the sales of our booklets
  • someone who can marshal the press on our side and who has a track record in dealing with the media
  • someone to coordinate the work.

Please help others to get the enjoyment you experience. If you can help, or know another member who could, please contact Cathy Rollinson at


The HPS is totally reliant on volunteers. Without them, neither the national society nor the groups would exist.

Volunteers are people just like you, who lead otherwise busy lives and who have other interests but they are able to find an hour or more, each week, to help us. So, the next time that you see a vacancy advertised or you hear a call for volunteers, why not have a chat and find out what they are looking for. Talking it over does not mean that you are offering to do the job. Ask yourself how you could help. Can you change the job to suit what you can do? Can you do a part of the job or share with someone else? Remember that most people are more than happy to help their replacements to get to grips with the job.

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