Surrey Organic Gardening Group


SOGG events underlined (scroll to bottom for venue details)

Friday 1 April, 7.30pm: Ecotherapy & Nature Therapy. Our own Catherine Crombie will be explaining healing approaches reflecting the need for a healthy relationship between human beings and nature.
Friday 29th April, 7.30pm: A talk by Ken Bare, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Society, a group dedicated to exploring, enjoying and caring for this unique landscape
Saturday 12th May: Cheam Charter Fair Visit our stall. Helpers, drivers and donations of plants are welcomed.
Friday 27th May, 7.30pm: All about Roses Our own Duncan Hendry with gorgeous pictures of the UK's favourite blooms, sharing knowledge of how best to nurture and grow them so they thrive and make our gardens more beautiful.
Saturday 11th June: Visit to Elham village, Kent The Saturday of Elham's Open Gardens weekend. There will be at least 10 gardens to view and enjoy, and you can either take a picnic, buy refreshments in the gardens or enjoy a pub lunch if you wish. Advance booking required, places are limited. Coach pickup at (1) library Banstead (Horseshoe), 8.30am or (2) The Quadrant, Sutton, 8.45am or (3) Benhill allotments main gates, Benhill Rd, Sutton 9.00am or (4) Beddington Park (main London Road car park, NOT the Grange/Henry’s Table), 9.15am.
Note: June Meeting is NOT at Milton Hall
Friday 24th June, 7.30pm: Outdoor BBQ at the community allotments Bring donations of food and drink (labelled either for reheating or cooking at the site: no raw jackets please) Check out the allotments, have a glass of something and enjoy convivial company on a summers evening amid nature's bounty.
Saturday 23rd July Visit to RHS Wisley - A shared transport free visit to RHS Wisley for SOGG members. (Final confirmation is awaited from Wisley). Meet 2:00pm at RHS Wisley entrance. Please notify John Reeves (020 8643 7893) if you wish to go, along with whether you need a lift or if you have spare seats.
Monday 29th August: Carshalton Environmental Fair Visit the SOGG stall. Helpers, drivers and donations of plants and produce are welcomed.
Friday 30 September, 7.30pm: Celebrating the Humble Bench Diana Coman presents findings from a recent local research project run by the The U, Sutton and the Young Foundation, which looked into the role that the bench plays in our community,
Friday 28 October, 7.30pm: Harvest Supper and Quiz Always an enjoyable get-together. Bring some food and drink to share (clearly labelled please so we know what we are sampling!)
Friday 25 November, 7.30pm: Christmas Craft Get Together A seasonal activity evening with opportunities to make your own greetings cards, table decorations, etc.

Saturday 16th April 2016: 6 Week Food Growing Course (Ecolocal)

If you are just starting out, or would like to get some more detailed knowledge of food growing, then this course is for you. Over 6 weeks you will learn everything you need to know to confidently grow your own fruit and veg. including:

  • Preparing your growing area
  • Planning what to grow
  • Planting techniques
  • Taking care of your plants
  • Feeding your soil
  • Harvesting and storing produce

Over the six weeks you will get hands on experience as well as theoretical knowledge and the support of an experienced tutor. This course is AQA level 1 certified, and certificates can be provided for an additional fee. If you are interested in certification, please ask for more details.

Held at:  Carshalton Community Allotment (Access between 33-35 Colston Avenue) SM5 2PW

Start dates: Saturday 19th September 2015 and April 16 2016 (for 6 consecutive Saturdays)

Time: 10.30-12.30pm

Price:  £75

Booking: visit


Saturday 28th May 2016 Keeping Bees (Ecolocal)

This is an introductory workshop covering the principles of beekeeping in an urban environment.

Guided by two experienced local beekeepers, you will gain an understanding of what beekeeping entails, the benefits of beekeeping and things to think about before embarking on keeping bees. You will also get the chance to wear a bee suit and inspect and open a hive (weather permitting).

All welcome and no experience needed.

Held at: EcoLocal, The Old School House, Mill Lane, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2JY

Date: 28th May

Time: 10am-1pm

Price: £25

To book:



Wallington Farmers' Market (Ecolocal) is held from 9am to 1pm every second Saturday of the month at the Old Town Hall and Library Gardens in Woodcote Road, Wallington. Established in 1999, it is the borough's oldest Farmers' Market and hosts around 26 local producers stalls every month.

Dates held are:

9th April -9am-1pm

14th May -9am-1pm

11th June -9am-1pm

9th July - 9am-1pm

13th August - 9am-1pm

10th September - 9am -1pm

8th October - 9am -1pm

12th November (at Shotfield) - 9am -1pm

10th December - 9am -1pm

Sutton Farmers' and Artisan Market (Ecolocal)

Meet local farmers and suppliers of a wide range of produce at Sutton High Street, outside Waterstones.

Dates held in 2016 are:

16th and 17th April - 10am-5pm

21st and 22nd May - 10am-5pm

18th and 19th June - 10am-5pm

16th and 17th July - 10am-5pm

17th and 18th September - 10am-5pm

15th and 16th October - 10am-5pm

19th and 20th November - 10am-5pm

17th and 18th December - 10am-5pm





Meetings are held at 7.30pm on the last Friday of the month (except July, August, December) at the Milton Hall, Cooper Crescent, off Nightingale Road, Carshalton, SM5 2DL opposite Carshalton College). The June meeting is an outdoor event not held at Milton Hall, instead it is held at Carshalton Community Allotment, via entry past 33 Colston Avenue, Carshalton, SM5 2PH.

020 8401 2739

S.O.G.G. c/o Ecolocal
The Old School House
Mill Lane, Carshalton