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News Archive 2010


News 2011

Watering Can - Spring issue published online

The Spring issue is brighter, it contains more colour. You can download a copy from here or the Newsletters page. Printed copies are available from the Green Spaces department at the Civic Centre.

Allotment Competition - New Children's Section

tall flower pumpkin

There will be a special section for children this year. Allotment holders in Hillingdon will be able to apply for their children / grand children's sun flowers and pumpkins to be judged by the Allotment Officer (Nick Porter) during the summer. Further information and entry forms will be available soon.

Allotment Source book - Special Offer for HAHF Members

Allotment Source book


The Allotment Source book is a gem for allotment holders and gardeners. It contains lots of photos and interesting information for beginners and experienced growers. Useful advice about renting an allotment, choosing the right plot and tools.
There is an allotment calendar, clear explanation about growing fruits, flowers, herbs and vegetables. Also information about legal issues and useful addresses.

There is a 20% for HAHF members.

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Allotment Taster Sessions at Hayes End Allotment Site

onions, , lettuce

There will be three Taster Sessions in May

Friday 6th 10am - 12noon
Saturday 7th 10.30am - 12.30pm
Monday 9th 11am - 3pm

Click here for allotment map and Goggle map

Mayor Visits Award Winning Sites

The Mayor, Councillor David Yarrow visited three allotment sites on Saturday 7th May. These allotment sites achieved awards in the 2010 Allotment Competition. The Best Site awards were presented by the Mayor in November. Click here for details of the award ceremony. Click here for details of the allotment sites.

The first site was to Hayes End (Best Large Allotment Site). The second site was The Fairway (Best London Borough of Hillingdon Managed Site). The third site was Hill House (The Best Small Site).

During his visit to the Fairway he met the following people: Roger Moore showed him round his award winning plot. Don Meacham showed him a special hoe made from aircraft material after the war. Bernard Plumer's granddaughter stood by the mayoral car and her grandfather's allotment plot. See photographs below. (Click on photos for larger images.)

Mayor, Roger and Don The Mayor with Roger Moore (R) and Don Meacham (L). Don is holding a special hoe he showed the Mayor later.


mayor and don meacham 1 Don showing the Mayor his special hoe.


Mayor, Bernard and granddaughter Mayor, Bernard and grandduaghter

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Allotment Watch Scheme in Hayes

The local Safer Neighbourhood Team in Hayes has set up an allotment watch scheme in response to complaints about burglaries and anti-social behaviour at Carlyon Road and Burns Close Allotment Sites. Police Community Support Officer Jackie Blade is providing support for plot holders. They have been given alarms and crime prevention advice. Fences have been painted with anti-climb paint.

Allotment Competition Round 1 June 13th - 25th

Allotment plot holders are busy preparing for the first round of visits by the competition judges. Teams of judges will look at all allotment plots on the London Borough of Hillingdon sites. They will assess them and allocate points in the following categories: cultivation of the plot; variety of crops; quality of crops; incidence of pest and diseases; miscellaneous. Click here for further information about each category.

Eighty plots with the highest points will be revisited by three experienced judges in August. They will select the top fifty plots. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 plot holders at the HAHF AGM in November.

Royal Patron for NSALG

The new patron of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners will be His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The society is very pleased that he has accepted an invitation to become their patron. Further information available from the NSALG web site.

National Allotments Week August 8th - 14th

This will be an opportunity for allotment plot holders to promote allotments in various ways. A number of Allotment sites will be open to visitors. The National Society for Allotments and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) is encouraging gardeners to highlight the benefits of allotment gardening.

Allotment Competition Round 2 August 8th - 14th

vegatables in neat rows

Allotment competition judges will revisit a number of local allotment sites to select the top fifty plots. They will also select the best allotment sites in the following categories:- Best small site (less than 50 plots) Best large site (over 50 plots) Best London Borough of Hillingdon site that is either managed by the Council or is in a shared management scheme. Click here for the Allotment Site criteria.

Awaiting Allotment Competition Results

The judges have submitted their report to the Council. Results will be announced after the HAHF Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 9th November.

Allotment Competition Results

The results were announced at a presentation ceremony on Wednesday 9th November. Awards were presented by the Mayor. Click here for photos of the top plot and a list of the top fifty plots in Hillingdon. Click here for the best sites result with photos from one of the winners (Glebe Avenue).

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