Warbleton & District Horticultural and Poultry Society (WDHPS) is a small, local, community organisation based in the village of Rushlake Green, Heathfield, East Sussex, we are more commonly known as the Rushlake Green Flower Show. It was established approximately ninety years ago to support and encourage an interest in horticultural and poultry activity whilst providing cheap sustainable food for families. We are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society and membership is open to anyone for a small annual fee of £5 which has multiple benefits – see the membership page.

The Society’s main activities are centred on two annual shows, local residents are encouraged to enter horticultural produce and handicrafts for judging – with some classes exclusive to juniors. Other smaller events take place throughout the year and are primarily focused on raising funds, interests and raising our profile. In recent years all activities have taken place either on the village green or in the local Dunn Memorial Hall.

The Society’s two main annual events are focused on competitive exhibits from members and the general public. A detailed schedule can be found on the Events page for each event, this will provide you with everything you need to know including the show rules, exhibit classes, award categories and entry forms.

We welcome advertising and sponsorship as these pay for our prize money and printing costs in order to keep our Show moving forward year on year.



Schedules are available from Rushlake Green Village Stores plus several other local outlets or you can see the classes, rules and download an entry form on the Events page.  Don’t forget:

Closing date for entries to the 136 classes is 5pm on Wednesday July 24th but you can get late entries in until 5pm on Friday 26th if you pay a small admin fee.  Dog classes and children’s races can be entered on the day.

See the exhibits in the marquee (free entry to members), visit the plethora of retail opportunities with stalls galore, refreshments in our tea-tent and our Pimm’s stall, 2 raffles where you could win £100 kindly donated by Batchellor Monkhouse or a wheelbarrow of booze.

In the evening, we have a post-show party from 7:30pm when you can dance the night away to Small Talk. Bring your own picnic and we’ll provide the venue.  Tickets available from RGVS or call Gill on 07939 515072.  £15 for adults and £7.50 for under 16’s. 


Thank you for your continued support.



On 21st March 2024, DEFRA changed the rules about registration as a keeper of less than 50 poultry and other captive birds from a voluntary to a compulsory basis. This takes place from 1st October 2024 and includes the following species:

  • chickens
  • turkeys
  • aviary birds
  • birds of prey
  • cassowaries
  • ducks
  • emus
  • geese
  • guinea fowls
  • kiwis
  • ostriches
  • partridges
  • pheasants
  • pigeons
  • psittacines (for example parrots, budgies and cockatiels)
  • quails
  • rheas

Unsurprisingly, they are overwhelmed with applications at the moment and will aim to respond to any new ones within 10 working days.

More information can be found at the following websites:


You can also register by email or post using the form ‘Register to be a keeper of less than 50 poultry or other captive birds (IRA82)’.










(Thanks to Jonathan Austin for the above photos)