Gardening Group

Welcome to the newly formed Gardening Group!

This is a new group for us, so we are exploring different avenues. Future events are likely to include a trip to the newly opened RHS Bridgewater in Worsley, and other suggestions for activities will be welcomed including flower shows, gardens, garden centres etc.

We have a WhatsApp group for us to keep in touch. We have many gardening experts amongst our members and others who are enthusiastic amateurs and between us we are building a thriving SWI Gardening Group.


A survey has been launched to gauge the interest of members in our planned activities.  A link to the survey is HERE and all members are encouraged to spend a few minutes to give us their feedback. You would not need to be a member of the Gardening Group to go on the trips.


Date: Wednesday 1st December
Time: 6.30-9.30pm
Venue: Parish Centre, Lee St, Uppermill
Cost: £7

A ring, wire and moss will be provided. You will need to bring foliage and decorations of your choice eg baubles, ribbon etc.
If you would like to book a place just request through the WhatsApp group.


Date: Thursday 2nd December
Time: 4.30pm approx
Venue: RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

It’s time to Glow! See the garden sparkle this festive season and follow dazzling displays lighting a magical trail.

Details to be confirmed if there is enough interest.


There are a few people who thought they might have plants to thin out and swap so hopefully this will take place w/c 25th October. That should still be OK for planting out and if not we can always keep them in the pots till spring.

Bug House Building

A fun morning building Bug Houses at the Incredible Edible site. 

Flower arranging group at Friezland Church Hall

Location: Friezland Church Hall, Church Road, OL3 7LQ. Parking available.
When: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm – 12 Oct, 9 Nov & 14 Dec.
Cost: £6.00 entrance plus £1.00 raffle with the chance of winning a floral arrangement made during the evening. Membership fees are being waived for this year.

The Flower arranging group at Friezland Church Hall invite WI members to join them for a flower demonstration accompanied by tea and biscuits. This is a social occasion as well. If you love growing flowers and want to display them to maximum effect this is a good opportunity to see how its done.


The Incredible Edible project is an urban gardening project which was started in 2008 by Pamela Warhurst, Mary Clear and a group of like-minded people in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. The project aims to bring people together through actions around local food, helping to change behaviour towards the environment and to build a kinder and more resilient world.

The local Incredible Edible scheme is growing. The Gardening Group spent a morning in the rain breaking up old pallets and constructing our very own WI planter to be filled with edible plants. Some very happy faces and some real fun was had amidst much banging, sawing, chatting and tea drinking! Please pop along and see for yourself everyone’s efforts so far. The group mainly meet on Sat morning 10-12, the area is open for visits anytime. Old School courtyard in Lee Street, Uppermill.


Garden visits took place with Pauline and Jean being hostesses in June and July. Early in July Jean welcomed some members to an afternoon in her garden. The weather was gorgeous and they enjoyed tea and scones. It was some of the more unusual items used as planters and stands that gave the most inspiration. More hostesses are needed please. Anyone wishing to host a small group in their garden please let us know via WhatsApp. Everyone loves a chance to chat about their garden and exchange ideas!


Friends of Saddleworth Museum launched a public charity appeal for Saddleworth residents to grow seedlings to be sold for the museum funds. 
There were over a hundred plants donated by our members, some of which are pictured here.