Local Group

Clematis Koreana 'Purple Rain'

Welcome to the North West Group. Our area covers Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. We welcome new members of all age groups and levels of experience who are interested in supporting the conservation of gardens and garden plants. Why not come along to one of our events and find out more?  

Members receive twice-yearly copies of the Plant Heritage Journal from the Central Office and our own local journals.

Members can also participate in the Plant Exchange scheme, offering plants which are rarely - if ever - found in nurseries. Members can also become involved in the Plant Guardian Scheme


Throughout the year we aim to have workshops, occasional visits to collections, and trips to interesting gardens or nurseries.

We also have plant stalls at a range of events including NGS open days and an annual sale at Holehird Gardens, Windermere. We support 25 National Plant Collections in a variety of locations from private gardens to those open to the public.

Our Events

Upcoming Events in North West

Our collections

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Contact Group


Mrs Catherine Penny
01254 878254 Email
National Collections Coordinator (Lancs)
John Wilkinson
01253 824352 Email
Ray Lakeland
07759 681109 Email
Plant Exchange Coordinator
Peter Foley
01200 429145 Email
Membership Secretary
Mrs Irene Brennand
01539 552337 Email
National Collections Coordinator (Cumbria)
Glenn Shapiro
01524 701276 Email

eg: plant genus, common name, county, collection holder name.