Welcome to Little Gaddesden VPA
Welcome to Little Gaddesden VPA – or, to give it its official name, the Gaddesden District Village Produce Association (GDVPA).
‘The VPA’, as everyone calls it, has been at the heart of Little Gaddesden for seventy years. Whilst things have moved on and change has therefore been inevitable, our core values have remained the same.
We have around 200 households who benefit from membership. This represents approximately 50 percent of our village population.
From a horticultural point of view, we run a garden store, the VPA Store, which is normally open from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon on Sunday mornings.
Following the closure during the worst of the coronavirus outbreak, our Garden Store is now open on Sundays from 21 June 2020, 10:00am to 12:00 noon. See the VPA Store page for more.
Anyone may buy compost, plant food, bird food etc. Everyone who calls into the store is sure of a warm welcome. We are always happy to chat about all things horticultural, help with your queries, and advise on the best products in store to help you solve any problems you may have. Or, just come for pleasant conversation with friends and neighbours over a cup of coffee or tea!
As affiliated members of the Royal Horticultural Society, we have access to the wealth of their technical information. So we can help the keen gardener and well-meaning amateur alike to get the very best out of their gardens. RHS membership also gives us access to various benefits such as reduced entrance fees to their gardens, access to judges for our shows and the regular RHS magazine, “The Garden”, packed with interesting and informative articles. This is available in store to read or borrow.
We run an annual Winter Show as well as a Summer Show which generate great rivalry amongst friends. In the Spring we hold a Plant Sale. And in the Autumn we hold a Harvest Supper together with a hotly contested Quiz. We are also embarking upon a small programme of talks and demonstrations on all things gardening prompted by the questions that our members raise. We’ll also be arranging visits to places of interest. These are for members wishing to see how others have approached various problems and to get new ideas. Or just to admire the beauty of mother nature.