We usually meet on the second Wednesday of each month, at 7:30pm, at Bowburn Community Centre. Map

Our monthly meetings are open to all. Please be aware that because of the rising cost of speakers and room hire, we have had to introduce a charge of £2 for members and £4 for visitors for meetings that feature a visiting speaker.

Everyone’s welcome but please don’t attend if you have recently tested positive for COVID or have symptoms of respiratory illness.

Potato Day Update

It is with regret that we announce that we have decided not to hold our popular Potato Day events for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday 13th March, 2024, 7:00pm – AGM and Bring and Share Supper

Wednesday 14th February, 2024, 7:00pm – Club Night – Seed Saving and Seed Swap

Wednesday 13th December, 2023, 7:00pm Organic Gardening Q&A and Bring and Share Supper

Come along with your organic gardening questions and we’ll put our heads together and see if we can answer them. If nothing else, it could lead to some interesting discussions.

Also bring something festive to eat and drink to share for our Christmas supper.

Wednesday 8th November, 2023, 7:30pm – We Made An Organic Garden

Dianne Nichol-Brown will talk us through the changes to the garden they were faced with when they moved house. It was basically concrete slabs and privet hedges! It’s now home to three national collections of plant varieties.

Wednesday 11th October, 2023, 7:30pm – The Low Maintenance Organic Kitchen Garden

Andrew Davenport from Gardener’s Cottage Plants, Bingfield, Hexham will give us a talk ‘The Low Maintenance Organic Kitchen Garden’. He will also bring a selection of plants for us to buy.

Wednesday 13th September, 2023, 7:30pm – Club night and harvest festival

An opportunity to bring along produce from your gardens and allotments and discuss how the growing season has been for us all.

Wednesday 12th July, 2023, 6:00pm – Picnic in a member’s garden

Bring and share supper in a member’s garden

Tuesday 6th June, 2023, 7:00pm – Visit to North End Allotments, Durham

Wednesday 10th May, 2023, 7:30pm – Gardening in a changing climate

Wilf Richards, permaculture teacher and director of Abundant Earth CIC will be joining us to talk about the effects of climate change on our growing.

Wednesday 12th April, 2023, 7:30pm – Jenny Connor from Dalton Moor Farm

Jenny Connor from Dalton Moor Farm will be joining us to talk about her work at the Vegan Fruit Farm and The School of Sustainable Living at Dalton Moor Farm near Seaham, Co. Durham,

Wednesday 8th March, 2023, 7:30pm – AGM

Annual General Meeting followed by a Bring and Share supper. We urgently need a few new people who are prepared to help running the activities of the club. If you are able to help, please contact the secretary.

Wednesday 8th February, 2023, 7:30pm – Gardeners’ Quiz

A light-hearted quiz evening with a mixture of more technical questions and garden-related subjects from popular culture.

Wednesday 9th November, 2022, 7:30pm – Talk – The Identification and Treatment of Diseases of Vegetables

Geoff Wilson from the National Vegetable Society will be joining us to talk about common diseases of vegetables and how to treat them organically or biologically.

Wednesday 12th October, 2022 – Talk – Plants for Memory and Mood

Nicolette Perry from Dilston Physic Garden will be joining us to talk about Plants for Memory and Mood

Wednesday 14th September, 2022 – Club Night – Fruit Growing with Dianne Nichol-Brown

Advice and discussion about all aspects of growing fruit in North East England

Wednesday 10th August, 2022 – Garden Visit – Pear Tree Cottage, Old Durham

Wednesday 13th July, 2022 – Picnic in a member’s garden

Wednesday 8th June, 2022 – Talk

Milena Kopkowska will be talking about natural remedies from plants

Wednesday 11th May, 2022 – Talk

Rachel Benson from Old Sleningford Farm will be joining us for a talk ‘Living the Good Life’ this month. Rachel will be describing life on a 17 acres smallholding in North Yorkshire where they:

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Raise pigs, sheep, chickens, bees and occasionally geese and turkeys


Grow food in our Forest Garden, raised beds and polytunnel

There will be examples of preserved produce from the forest garden available.

Wednesday 13th April, 2022 – Gardening Talk

Dianne Nichol-Brown will be talking about Composts, Fertilisers and Soil Minerals and how to use them to improve growing conditions for our plants.

Bring along your spare plants or seeds to swap, but don’t worry if you don’t have any just yet.

Wednesday 9th March, 2022 – AGM and Plant/Seed Swap

After a hiatus of nearly two years, our first get together will be a short AGM to elect a committee and officers.

Once we’ve completed the business of the AGM, the rest of the meeting will be devoted to a plant/seed swap and a general chat over a light buffet supplied by the club.

Bring along your spare plants or seeds to swap, but don’t worry if you don’t have any just yet.