Little Gaddesden VPA

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The VPA is a great village institution with a flourishing membership. It was originally formed as an association just after the war in order to encourage people to grow food and enable it to be transported to the local market to be sold. See our History page for more. Over the recent years it has developed along the lines of a gardeners’ social club, still encouraging people to grow a variety of produce and flowers, to enjoy the garden, and to bake and generally make things. And we’re pleased to support the Greener Gaddesden initiative.

We have plenty of regular Events. The Summer and Winter Shows are well known and enjoyed by many supporters. Also, we have a plant and cake sale annually in May. And once the Autumn bulbs are available we organize a special Sunday launch – look out for the day during September or October. Finally, for many years now we have held an annual Harvest Supper and Quiz, an event that’s very popular.

Normally, throughout the growing season the VPA Store, Little Gaddesden VPA’s garden store, (located next to the Village Hall in Church Road) is open every Sunday, 10:00am to 12:00 noon. It has everything to help you succeed in the garden, plus food for the birds. We also welcome any special orders that may be required. A friendly welcome awaits your visit along with a chat and a cuppa.

VPA Membership

The VPA annual membership is just £5 per household so the whole family can join as one. We are members of the RHS which provides many benefits including a reduction in entry prices when visiting their gardens. As the VPA is non-profit making, each year we make donations to local charities and we often provide support to other local good causes. If you would like to join us please speak to any of the Committee members, or email Tim Crossley-Smith at

VPA News Mailing List

If you’d like to join the mailing list to receive our newsletter, scroll down to the foot of the page or click here to get to the sign-up link.

VPA Committee Members

Elliott Bachmann – Store Manager
Kate Fillipidis – Treasurer
Tim Crossley-Smith – Membership
June Abraham
Alastair Greene
Rachel Heaphy
Emily Hinde
Faye Rainbow
Stephanie Royal
Glenda Cooper – Life Member and regular supporter of events
Janet Stinton – Life Member and regular supporter of events


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