Sandhurst and District
Gardening Club


The Chelsea Fringe is an informal festival of events running alongside the better known RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Events either have a garden theme or some link to gardening. Originally the Fringe was just in London but the concept has spread to many other places at home and abroad. The Festival runs from 19th to 27th May 2018.

Admission to events is free, but in a few cases you are asked to book in advance, and some events offer refreshments at a small charge.                   

Several of these Chelsea Fringe events will be taking place in and around Sandhurst, one of the events being organised by the Gardening Club

NOTE Information below has been extracted from local events on the Chelsea Fringe website. Details many change, so please also check directly on that website when planning your day. The link also gives access to events further afield.

Flower Pot People
Sunday 20 May 10:00am - 12:00noon

At The Trading Hut, the Memorial Park, Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ
The Hut is behind the Pistachios in the Park Cafe. See map.

Volunteers from the Sandhurst gardening club will demonstrate planting of pots for flowers, herbs and vegetables. Children and adults can take part and the planted pots will be given away. You can join in any time and there will be lots of demonstrations and chances to ask gardening questions to the experienced team. Enter the raffle to win one of the finished tubs.  Refreshments will be available.

Bat Walk  
Saturday 19 May 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Sandhurst Town Council Offices, Yorktown Road,  Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ

Everyone knows mammals can't fly. Except bats. Looking and listening for these mystical creatures in a summer dusk is one of nature's treats. Steve Bailey of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust is your guide. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult, bring torch, not suitable for dogs.

Our Living Landscape
Monday 21 May 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Kitty Dancy Room, Sandhurst Town Council Offices, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ

What is a joined-up landscape? Why is it important for Sandhurst and the Blackwater Valley? The Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust's Bernard Baverstock will reveal the answer when he tells you about the biodiversity within the Blackwater Valley.

Butterfly Walk
Tuesday 22 May 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Shepherd Meadows Car Park, Marshall Road, Sandhurst, GU47 0FL

Can you tell an Admiral from a Skipper, and where can you find a Painted Lady with Ringlets and Orange Tips?  All can be found right on your doorstep. Follow Bernard Baverstock of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust and he will try and find them for you.

Lyrical Library
Wednesday 23 May 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Sandhurst Library, The Broadway, Sandhurst, GU47 9BL, 01252 870161
imited parking at the library. Plenty of parking a short walk away at Sandhurst Town Council Offices GU47 9BJ

Join us for an afternoon of garden themed poetry readings and afternoon tea at the library. Feel free to bring along your own penned poems to share with the group. Refreshments available

Finding Swifts in Sandhurst
Wednesday 23 May 7:45pm - 9:30pm

Shepherd Meadows car park, Marshall Road, Sandhurst, GU47 0FL  

Where have our swifts gone? Half of these very special birds have disappeared in the UK in just 20 years! Come for a walk with Colin Wilson of Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust to see if we can find some in Sandhurst's streets and find out why they're missing and how we can help save them. We will walk around Sandhurst (mainly Yorktown) streets looking and listening for swifts.

River Blackwater Walk
Thursday 24 May 9:30 am - 10:30am (meet 9.20am for 9.30am start)

Sandhurst Town Council Offices, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ  

Join Sandhurst Health Walks for an hour long walk along the beautiful riverside and enjoy the wildlife along the way.

Booking is essential. Please contact Colleen Pidgeon 01344 774754.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Saturday 26 May 10:00am - 12:30pm

Sandhurst Library, The Broadway, Sandhurst, GU47 9BL  

Stretch your legs with the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust's Mary Ferriss and Peter Collins. Starting in Sandhurst, this gentle 9km circular walk passes through heathland, pasture and takes in Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve's rolling landscape of heather, gorse and pine and part of Crowthorne Wood.

Nepalese Cultural Dancing
Saturday 26 May 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Sandhurst Town Council Offices, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ  

Join us and watch the young people of the Nepalese Community express their culture in dance. Nepal, an important source of wild medicinal plants in the world, and Mount Everest form the backdrop that embraces dance to express the links to horticulture.

School Art Exhibition
Saturday 26 May 1:00 pm - 3:00pm

Kitty Dancy Room Sandhurst Town Council Offices, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ

Pupils of Sandhurst schools are putting on an art exhibition for you to enjoy based on nature and flowers. There will be about 70 exhibits on show. Refreshments will be available

Pranic Healing
Saturday 26 May 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Sandhurst Community Hall, Yorktown Rd, Sandhurst, GU47 9BJ  

After a hard day's work in the garden why not consider the benefits of Pranic healing? This non-touch energy therapy can accelerate the healing process to address physical and emotional imbalances, engaging with nature around us. The technique can give happiness and clarity of mind, which you can learn to use yourself. You are welcome to come to one of our talks and a demonstration.