The plant sale/swap on Saturday 16th May was very popular, raising a total of £413.25 for Havelock Primary School in Southall. That’s more than four times the amount raised last year, so a huge thank you is due to all our generous plot holders! It was also very well organised within social distancing guidelines, with the queue stretching back at 2 metres intervals all the way from community plot 48A back towards the Haslemere entrance, and a one-way system in place round the plant tables. Excellent work there from Vinka Reeves and the volunteers manning the sale. Almost all the donated plants found new homes, with tomatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, kale and courgettes particularly popular.

Havelock Primary School serves an area of Southall where a number of families live in difficult circumstances. The current situation has been particularly challenging for its year 6 pupils who are facing the transition to senior school. Clare Rees, Havelock’s head teacher, would like to mark this milestone, which will have a considerable impact on their lives and futures, by providing a personalised book for each pupil. She said “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the Hazelmere Allotments Association for thinking about the children of this school. Thank you all so much.”