A brief history

The association was started by a number of far sighted local residents who wanted to provide a place for local gardeners and allotment holders to meet together and share common interests, hear talks from experts in various gardening topics , arrange shows, talks and competitions and start a shop from which members could buy top quality products at prices below those charged elsewhere.

The first members loaned the money to buy the first stock and trading was started at the former home of the National Association of Leisure Gardeners in the High Street in a small stable. Maybe it was a good omen and within a short time a second stable had been taken over too.

The profit from those first sales was used to purchase new stock. The growth continued and before long a move was made to a property at the end of Ivel way. This was affectionately called the "Seed Box" by one of the members and the name stuck.

In the mid 1980s we were asked to consider moving again as the land was needed to develop Gardeners' Close and we moved to our present home at the rear of the leisure centre. In 1995 the building was extended to accomodate our increased activities and the increasing number of members regularly using our trading facilities. Still known as the "Seed Box" we continue to stock a vast range of items whilst aiming to cater for the individual needs of our members.

Meanwhile the association has continued to stage shows with classes for both experienced and novice gardeners, vegetables and flowers, handicrafts and cookery. The main show each year being the Summer show in August