With the growing season now in full swing, it’s been a busy few weeks for us all, for both hands-on gardening and wider community involvement. Here’s a brief round-up of what’s been happening with our various events and projects.

Community work days

The first May Bank Holiday weekend was busy, despite the weather not being too good. On Saturday 4th, we held the latest of our work days on the community plots, when a number of volunteers barrowed 90 bags of gravel from the Haslemere gate to plot 48a, the central community plot. The remaining bags were shifted over the next few days to make room for the arrival of the first skip of the year on May 11th. The community plot work days take place on the first Saturday of every month, and volunteers are really welcome.

Plat swap/sale

Also on May 4th, we held our annual Plant Swap/Sale, which was a great success, raising almost £100, which we will be donating to Hanwell Homeless Concern. Another charity benefiting on the day was WorkAid, as we made a very good collection of unwanted tools for their Tools for Africa campaign. 

Beating the Bounds

And on the Bank Holiday Monday, over 40 people from the local Hanwell community were welcomed to the site on the annual Beating the Bounds walk, which visits all the known old Hanwell parish boundary stones, two of which are on the allotments.

Ealing Allotments Partnership

Some of you may already be familiar with the Ealing Allotments Partnership, which acts on behalf of Council-owned sites and is a good source of general allotment information. It produces a quarterly newsletter that you can sign up to receive online, and HAA usually submits copy for the ‘Around the Associations’ section. Here’s a link to the latest Spring newsletter.

Reminders

Finally, a few reminders:

 

  • Concrete asbestos: please let us know right away if you have this on your plot so that we can arrange for Pathways to dispose of it.
  • Please report breakages or repairs needed to communal facilities such as the trollies to enquiries@haslemereallotments.org.uk, or on our Facebook page.
  • Diary date: Thursday June 13th, 7.30pm at the Harvester upstairs room: illustrated talk by Paul Hitchens on plant propagation and seed saving.
  • Plot inspections will be taking place on June 15th and 16th. Please display your plot numbers. If you need to make one, help yourself to one of the pine log slices on plot 61b and just paint the number on.