Dear plot holders,

We hope you’re well and enjoying your gardening. Here’s a round-up of what’s been happening recently, and a few matters for your attention.

We now have shiny new higher gates and railings at the Haslemere entrance, making it much more difficult for intruders to gain access that way. At the same time, a broken section of fence near the Chalfont Way side of the site was replaced with new close boarding fencing and an illegal gate onto the site removed. The Committee has now instructed to Harrow Fencing to replace 24m of dilapidated railings between the Trading Hut and our site. The new fencing will be made of the same type of metal railing that was erected at the Haslemere entrance. We expect this to take place in the next four weeks.

There are now over 60 people on the waiting list. With demand so strong, it would be a great help if you could let us know if you’re planning to give up your plot in the near future, or if you might like to downsize. Most plots are now half plots. If realistically you are finding a full plot too much to maintain, you might consider downsizing to a half plot; if a half plot is causing you difficulties, you might think about taking on a raised bed instead.

The tree pruning that was scheduled for 7th September is now taking place this Thursday 17th in the afternoon. Bernd Gauweiler has kindly pruned the plum trees on the communal plots and has used the prunings to create dry hedging for wildlife on plot 61b.

A reminder that cars are only allowed on the site for immediate loading and unloading and parking is not allowed. Car access to the site has been made more difficult due to the LTN barriers that have been installed on nearby roads. Each entrance is also in a different LTN zone. As no turning vehicles are allowed for safety reasons, if you need to bring your car on site, please enter by one entrance and leave by the other.

Committee changes: Ruth Dales has sadly stepped down from the Committee and Sean Lewis (plot 33a) has joined to fill the vacancy. A huge thank you is due to Ruth for all her work over a number of years.

Happy gardening,

HAA Committee