A historic horticultural society has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the highest a voluntary group can receive in the UK - 'for passing horticultural knowledge and tradition from generation to generation since 1884'.

Stoke Poges, Wexham and Fulmer Horticultural Society's 126th show is being held on Saturday, July 27 in the grounds of the Stoke Poges School in Rogers Lane.

The show, which predates the Chelsea Flower Show, has been held every year except during the two World Wars.

It is a traditional horticultural show with a huge marquee to house many exhibits and nearly 60 cups and trophies donated over the years, some of which have been awarded to members of three generations of local families.

Linked to the show is a cup for gardening in local primary schools, a trophy for 16 to 30 year olds involved in horticulture, cups for best front garden, best allotments and most colourful pub. The society also stages illustrated lectures during the year where everyone is welcome.

The chairman Ruth Rooley said: “I am absolutely delighted. This award recognises volunteers past and present over many generations and will I hope inspire others to be involved and ensure the future.”

Mrs Rooley was one of two representatives from the Society who attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s award. She went along with Doctor Janet Cottrell, chief steward for the show.

Doctor Cornell's mother is a great supporter and her children have helped with many annual shows.

Society president Roger Beauchamp said: “This award is wonderful news. It is of immense significance as it recognises the importance of horticulture in our world today."

The Horticultural Society, affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.

It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on June 2 – the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.