Back in 1962 a group of gardeners and allotment holders in Swindon got together to form a club, with the intention of selling a few seeds and bulbs amongst themselves. The club quickly grew to 60 members and it used to take five days to put together seed orders. The club was originally known as the Swindon Allotment and Leisure Gardens Association but had to add the name Thamesdown upon local government reorganisation on 1974. It reverted back to Swindon in 1998 after the local Council achieved unitary status. Membership peaked at around 800 in the late 1990’s but these days the number is closer to 350. The Association is always on the lookout for new members and is run by a committee which meets once a month.

SALGA holds monthly meetings on a variety of subjects, generally with a plant and garden theme.  See the What’s on area of this website for further information.

SALGA has its own members only shop, run by volunteers and located at the Pickards Field site in the Pinehurst area of Swindon. See the Members’ shop area of this website for a location map and for information on opening hours and prices of the more popular items sold.

SALGA holds an annual horticultural show and a schools garden competition.

SALGA also runs regular outings and holidays for members.

SALGA is a registered charity. This means that, among other things, it can claim back Gift Aid contributions from the Tax Office on behalf of its members, in order to raise additional funds to re-invest in to the Association’s functions for the benefit of its members. So far this year, over 200 members, in renewing their subscriptions (£5 per household per year) or signing up as new members, have signed a Gift Aid declaration that will enable Treasurer, John Edgerton, to claim back £1.25 per declaration from the Tax Office.

2021-2022 Officers & committee members

Names and contact numbers for SALGA‘s 2021-2022 officers and committee members are given in the downloadable file below.

Joining SALGA

Joining SALGA is easy! Please simply download, print and complete the 2021 membership form (see downloadable version below) and post it to our membership secretary, Denis Matthews, 28 Tithe Barn Crescent, Swindon SN1 4JX, along with a cheque for £5 payable to SALGA for your household’s first year’s subscription.

Alternatively, you may prefer to take your completed form and £5 cash to our members’ shop at Pickards Field (see separate page on this website for location and opening times).

OR, you can scan your completed membership form and email it to deniswmatthews@gmail.com, and pay the £5 first year’s subscription for your household by bank transfer to SALGA’s CAFBank account number 00020536, sort code 40-52-40, referenced “(you surname)-sub”.

Please note, recent correspondence from SALGA’s bank notifies us that their charges for handling cash and cheques will increase significantly from the start of 2021. We would strongly encourage those who are comfortable to use this method to pay online by bank transfer, therefore.

Getting involved

SALGA is a busy organisation with some 400 members. Our activities are detailed elsewhere on this website and include monthly meetings, an annual produce show, plant sales, a schools gardening competition, trips and other special events. We also run a members’ shop for many of your gardening needs. All this is achieved through voluntary work by our committee, shop helpers and members. You can become involved by:

  • joining SALGA (see above)
  • joining the committee
  • assisting with various specific tasks such as producing the newsletters, booking meeting speakers and organising the schools gardening competition
  • helping in the members’ shop
  • other general assistance as required from time to time – eg support at monthly meetings, unloading deliveries to the shop etc.

If you would like to learn more, please email us – salgacontacts@gmail.com – or call our secretary, Sue Stevens, on 01793 881198.