We've started this year's seed distribution scheme as usual.  Please send us your seeds as soon as they are ready.
The office is now closed until  28th September. Meanwhile we will try to answer your email enquiries; this may take us longer than usual.


We would welcome applications from members for the following voluntary posts.

Publicity Coordinator

This is a suggestion for a new Postholder role and the person who takes it on will have the chance to develop it further.
Publicity for the Society is involved in all HPS activities, at National level and in the Local and Special Interest Groups and the Postholder would be expected to look at and record what is already happening and then identify areas in which closer cooperation or provision of resources would be helpful. There would be opportunities to bring other volunteers in to assist with particular tasks.
A review of the publicity material the Society already uses would lead to a more comprehensive and recognisable style, although major rebranding is not required.
There is a budget available for Publicity work and the Postholder would be responsible for setting objectives and preparing a budget for approval by the Trustees.

For more information please contact Jan Vaughan at chair@hardy-plant.org.uk

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 Jan Vaughan at chair@hardy-plant.org.uk


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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