- 1907-2014 (Creation)
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The Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society (WNETS) was established in 1836, although its true origins lie some years earlier with the formation of the Wakefield Florists Society, later the Wakefield Tulip Society, in 1807. Its first meeting and show was held at the Grand Stand, Outwood, on 27 April of that year.
In 1836 Abraham Holmes was appointed secretary of the then Wakefield Florists Society and subsequent annual shows were numbered from this date, leading to the common acceptance of this year as the year the Society was established. It is notable that many of the earliest members were bootmakers, cordwainers and shoemakers by profession.
The Society is believed to have changed its name to the Wakefield Tulip Society c.1860, as interest in other flowers began to wane, and subsequently to the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society. Following the closure of the Royal National Tulip Society in 1936, WNETS is the last remaining society specialising in tulips, in particular English Florists' Tulips.
Today the WNETS holds an annual show with classes in English Florists' and Dutch Tulips. It has also recently revived its Dutch Tulip Show which is held annually at the Harrogate Spring Show. Membership is by subscription and members receive a yearly newsletter and take part in Garden Visit Days.
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