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Good News About Nominations for HAHF Committee

During the first meeting in 2015 Peter Clements (HAHF secretary) informed the members that he received nominations for some of the adminstrative positions that were vacant after the AGM in November. This was a relief because there were concerns about lack of nominations for the Chairman and Vice Chair positions when Vanessa Bonner (Chairman) and Linda Brown (Vice Chair) resigned.

Peter Clements chaired the first part of the meeting until the new Chairman, Vice Chair and additional Committee members were elected.

It is encouraging to see more allotment plot holders coming forward to take responsible positions in the Federation. Details about the Officers and Committee members are listed below.

Positions Names Allotment Sites
Chairman Tony Dunster Wood End Green
Vice-Chair Terry Smith Wood End Green
Secretary Peter Clements Hayes End
Treasurer Roy White West End Road
Committee Carina Browne The Fairway
Committee Barry Denman Hayes End
Committee John Power Station Road
Committee Sue Gill Station Road

Annual Allotment Competition

The first round of the competition will be during June 13th - 28th. Teams of judges will visit London Borough of Hillingdon allotment sites to assess the allotment plots. They will award marks for the standard of cultivation, quality of crops, levels of pests and diseases. Additional marks will be awarded for miscellaneous items.

Details of the marking criteria are listed below:

1. Standard of Cultivation - defined edges and pathways, neatly maintained; cleanliness and clearly displayed plot numbers.

2. Standard of Cropping - variety of crops; signs of successive sowing, planting or crop rotation including winter crops. Labelling of crops. Utilization of space.

3. Quality of Crops.

4. Absence or Minimal Level of Pests and Diseases.

5. Additional Points for Miscellaneous Items:- Overall appearance of the plot. Wildlife features. Attractive structures - obelisks / bird scarers. Compost bins, Evidence of compost management, Use of organic material (compost / manure), Safe and creative use of recycled materials.

Click here for details of the marks allocated for each category.

Also look at the Allotment Competition page.

Changes in Allotment Management in Hillingdon

There has been a change in the Allotment Officer's role in Hillingdon. Nick Porter was the designated officer until he became the manager of Eastcote house garden. He has been replaced by another member of staff from the Green Spaces department. Tim Gutierrez will be responsible for park management issues and allotments. This is a broader role, so he may not be able to spend as much time on allotment issues.

Britain in Bloom judges visit Hillingdon

A number of volunteers and groups of people were invited to a Thank You Tea at the Great Barn in Manor Farm on Thursday 13th August. They met the Britain in Bloom judges. The judges visited Eastcote house garden, The Rural Activities Centre and Meadway allotment site during the morning.
There were brief speeches from The Mayor, the judges and Councillor Bianco (who is responsible for the Environment and Rural affairs). Some of the Hillingdon Allotment Federation judges were also present.

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Allotment Competition Results in 2015

The deputy Mayor Cllr John Jensley  presented awards to representatives from the Best Allotment Sites and top three plot holders on Wednesday 11th November. He was accompanied by the deputy Mayoress.

The results were announced by the Allotment officer Mr Tim Guterriez.

The best Self Managed site is Meadway. The best London Borough of Hillingdon Managed site is The Fairway.

Click here for the full results.

Three plot holders who achieved the highest marks in the Top 50 list are ranked in the following order:

1st place - Bob Brayshaw (Plot 75 at Hayes End)
2nd place - Phil Seaman (Plot 29 at Heathfield Rise)
3rd place - Anke and Peter Phillips (Plot at Glebe Avenue)

Click here for the full results.


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