Local Group

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Suffolk Plant Heritage is an active group with events taking place throughout the year. Everyone is welcome at our events. From September to November and January to April the group meets monthly for talks by experts at Stowupland Village Hall.  New members are always welcome.

Talks are free to members, visitors welcome for a small fee. 

A plant stall sells plants propagated or donated by group members.

A garden accoutrement supplier attends regularly and provides members with the chance to purchase good value garden tools and other equipment.

A regularly updated display board showcases the efforts of the Suffolk National Collection Holders.

The November meeting is given over to the AGM and includes a talk by a local contributor. Again this is a social gathering with a meal provided free of charge to members.

Study days provide tuition on various topics, often delivered by members or plant collection holders within Suffolk. As always learning is combined with socialising and good food. A small fee is normally charged to cover costs.


Propagation:  Suffolk has an exceptionally vibrant propagation system managed by our dedicated Propagation Officer. Members are encouraged to get involved by joining the regular propagation mornings held Stowupland Church Hall, which are a chance to learn more about propagation of plants and bulbs. Plant guardianship is encouraged through this group both on a formal and informal basis.

Plant Sales:  Suffolk Group has twice yearly (May and September) plant sales held in collaboration with Helmingham Hall, near Ipswich. This includes a Plant Heritage marquee and plant stall, as well as stalls provided by specialist nurseries. The event is a magnet for serious gardeners while also providing a broader experience with lectures, plant doctor, locally sourced refreshments, music and garden tours of the historic Helmingham Hall gardens.

Our Journal:  The Suffolk Group Journal is published twice yearly in spring and autumn. This publication seeks to be professional, informative, educational, and generally a way of sharing what's happening within Plant Heritage Suffolk Branch.


Our Events

Upcoming Events in Suffolk

Our collections

See the National Plant Collections in our area.

View Collections

Contact Group

Tel: 01787 211346


President & Chairman
Maggie Thorpe
01787 211346 Email
Vice Chairman
Neil Bradfield
Secretary & Membership
Isobel Ashton
01284 754993 Email
Pat Stanley
01473 785585 Email
Journal Editor
Widget Finn
01449 736358 Email
Anne Tweddle
01473 737337 Email
Collections Coordinator
Dorothy Cartwright
01473 289556 Email
Press Officer
Heather Medcraft
01359 270721 Email
IT Support
Anthony Piggott
01449 766104 Email

Darren Andrews

Sarah Cook
01473 822400 Email

Conserving the diversity of garden plants

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