Ashwater Horticultural Society

A show society has been in existence since at least 1926. In 2002, it was expanded into a full Gardening Club with talks, visits, walks, plant sales and the show in August each year. This is held in conjunction with the Ashwater Agricultural Show. There are currently around 30 members and the Club is run entirely by volunteers.


  • Holding relaxed, friendly and informal meetings for lectures, discussion and demonstrations
  • Having group outings
  • An annual walk, sometimes with a pub lunch, other times a cider and pasty
  • Holding an annual horticultural show
  • Running plant sales to raise funds for local charities and to fund the outings
2018 Events

So far this year we have visited Made Well at Hatherleigh, Docton Mill, Hartland Abbey and Trebah Gardens and held a plant sale at the Parish Hall.  The Sunflower competition started and we anticipate a fine array of  plants to be judged. 

We are now concentrating on the Annual Show (our 85th) on Saturday 18th August 2018.

General help most welcome on the day and beforehand see Fiona Bull in the Shop on Saturday mornings……Don’t forget to enter!

Would cup and trophy holders/winners from last year (2017) please return them as soon as possible to the shop or either Fiona Bull or Ivan Buxton, thank you.

Click on the link below to download a schedule or collect one from the shop.


October and November - talks and AGM to be arranged.


Tuesday 4th December    Christmas Wreath - making 7pm in the hall booking is essential as spaces are limited


Plus………Helping with Ashwater School Gardening Club Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm - most weeks in term-time. 

Help with digging etc most welcome  Please turn up at 3.30pm with tools etc


 For further information on all these events please email me or phone 01409 211131


Finally - thank you to all who have paid their subs for the year £5 pp or £7 couple….. those that haven’t please see Ivan 01409 221073


Annual General Meeting 9th October 2017
Hon.President: G Bennett
Officers Elected: I Buxton (Treasurer), L Yetman (Acting Secretary), F Bull (Show Secretary)
The meeting adopted the annual accounts and agreed the membershp fees would remain at £5 for individuals and £7 per couple.
A number of new members expressed interest in forming a sub-committee to consider outings and events (additional to the annual show) for 2017/18. A separate meeting will be held for this purpose.
The show will be held in August as usual and as it is the 85th efforts will be made to celebrate this milestone in style.
                  84th Ashwater Horticultural Show - 19th August 2017
The show took place in conjunction with the Agricultural Show on the Show Field.
Thanks to the Judges: Mark Preece (Fruit and Vegetables), Penny Jones (Flowers),Steve Morey (Cookery) and Diane Williams (Children and Young People).
Congratulations to the following trophy winners:
Harrison Hunt: (Children's Challenge Cup, Under 11yrs), Rowan Tidball: Perpetual Cup (Ages between 12 and 16).
Winners of most points in the following classes were:
Flowers - Rhonda Fry, Fruit - Stephen Davies, Vegetables - Vernon Anning, Preserves - Lorna Binns, Cookery - Ivan Buxton, Single Rose - Christine Head.
Raffle Winners were: 1st Prize £50, Mr Cole. 2nd Prize £20, R Fry, 3rd Prize £10 C Whitehead.

Joining the Society
There is an annual membership fee of only £5.00 for an individual, £7.00 for a couple and children are free and there is also usually a small fee per meeting. However, you don’t have to be a member to attend the events listed above. Please let us know in advance if you wish to attend any outings (other than events) to ensure there is a space on the coach or admission has been arranged to the various destinations.


Please feel free to come along to one of our meetings and have a chat.  If you wish to contact us:


Society Officers:
Letitia Yetman, Secretary 01409 211131
Ivan Buxton, Treasurer Email:
Gordon Bennett, Hon. President