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Allotment Associations & Horticultural Groups in Harrow, Middlesex

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Harrow in LEAF's big Annual Plant Sale to be on Saturday, May 14th 2022

We would like everyone to know that our Annual Plant Sale has been scheduled for 11am to 1pm on Saturday May 14th 2022. This popular event will again be held at our HQ on West Harrow Allotments (large)

Our Autumnal Quiz night 2021 will not be taking place and we shall be looking at a Spring Quiz Night 2022 to replace this event.

Due to the success of the return of our Annual Horticultural & Craft Show in 2021, we start planning in early New Year 2022 for our 17th Annual Show. This will take place on August Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2022.

We have news of our 16th Annual Show together with Photos, Prizewinner Tables and Prizewinner Photos on our Annual Show Website:

==> Click here for news and to view all photos from our Annual Show 2021


Headstone Village Show incorporating Harrow in LEAF

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CLICK HERE to visit the Headstone Village Show

A magnificent post-lockdowns return for the 16th Harrow in LEAF Horticultural & Craft Show incorporated within the Headstone Village Show

CLICK HERE to read more about the 16th Harrow in LEAF Show

A warm welcome to our newest member - London's Community Kitchen,Harrow

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CLICK HERE to visit the London's Community Kitchen website

...did you attend the free "Made in Harrow" event" on Sunday 25th July 2021

A Day of Celebration.

CLICK HERE to visit the Made in Harrow website for full details of the day

Harrow in LEAF AGM & Social - 30th June 2021: Management Committee unchanged

At a well attended AGM, held in the open air due to social distancing concerns, the current Management Committee were re-elected unopposed.

==> Click here for the list of 2021/22 Committee members


Harrow in LEAF Plant Sale - 8th May 2021: an unexpected success after no Plant Sale in May 2020.

This year Harrow in LEAF returned with their Annual Plant Sale on Saturday 8th May 2021, from 11am to 1pm, in compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

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As usual it was held at our HQ on West Harrow Allotments (Large) HA1 4HE

There was a well-signed one-way system round the sales area and into and out of our popular pop-up cafe with outdoor tables under marquees. There were hand sanitiser on stalls to minimise any virus transmission through handling of plants and cash.

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With rain pouring early Saturday morning it looked as if we would have no visitors. But at 10.45am, miraculously, the rain stopped and the crowds of eager plant bargain hunters arrived to enjoy being let out of their homes again!

Our Green Shoots grant supporting Bluebells in Spring 2021

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CLICK HERE for the Bluebell Project info PDF

In October 2020 thousands of British Bluebell bulbs were planted, by volunteers, around trees in Pinner Village Gardens. The aim is that they are for everyone to enjoy when they bloom this year.

In January 2021 the green shoots of these Bluebells were seen emerging from the planted grounds so there will be a fantastic display in Spring 2021.

Harrow in LEAF provides small grants of up to £300 to local groups who are undertaking a horticultural project of benefit to the community.

Harrow Go Green 2021 competition is launched in November 2020

Harrow Biodiversity and Environment in conjunction with Harrow Council are launching a competition for Harrow to raise awareness of, and enhance the borough's biodiversity.

Projects can be submitted into the following categories:
. Schools and Colleges
. Best Front Space
. Junior Projects
. Best Garden Managed for Nature
. Commercial Projects and Developers
. Most Original Idea to Enhance Biodiversity

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CLICK HERE to visit Harrow Go Green 2021

The competition will be open to applications until the end of May 2021 so please visit their website to get full details and register.

A warm welcome to Harrow Biodiversity and Environment

Campaigning for biodiversity issues across Harrow

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...and to Hoi Polloi Permaculture

people. growing. spirit. nature.

CLICK HERE to visit Hoi Polloi Permaculture website

Harrow in LEAF replace their 16th Annual Show with digital alternative.

Our 16th Annual Show -

Lockdown Photos submitted by our members and Harrow Beekeepers

CLICK HERE to VIEW our 2020 Photo Gallery

Photos from our past shows -

View photos from our previous Annual Shows - 2010 to 2019

CLICK HERE to VIEW previous Annual show Exhibits

Visits to a typical allotment site in Harrow 2020 -

In conjunction with the Headstone Museum & Heritage Centre some of our site representatives have been giving a free tour of their allotment sites on the August Bank Holiday Weekend Click here for details

During the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown Harrow in LEAF have also created a video to show prospective plot holders what is involved in allotmenteering.

CLICK HERE to VIEW our video tour of a typical Harrow Allotment site

Harrow in LEAF create "temporary nature reserve" for wildlife and friendly bees - a lockdown initiative.

With the current restrictions on the gathering of groups and with individuals isolating for their own safety there is no hunger to cut the grass outside our HQ Cabin.

We shall therefore only be cutting a path around a central grass/wildflower area to allow car access in and out.

This central area of grass will be allowed to grow until such time as we resume large events/meetings again. Hopefully some wild flowers will grow for the local pollinators to enjoy!

Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown

Within this "temporary reserve" there will also be a new permanent pond that Harrow in LEAF started to create in 2019 as part of our "Caring for Wildlife" initiative.

Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown

With garden centres open again with social distancing in place, it has been possible to purchase and install some oxygenating plants.
The beekeepers have also included a floating deck for their bees to relax on and take the waters.

Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown
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18th April 2020: Government tells Councils "parks must stay open......read more>

Harrow Council's social distance advice:

For all allotmenteers and Open Space visitors

Click on the poster to download an A4 version to print for your allotment or to put in your windows at home...==>

Coronavirus Covid-19 advice

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Covid 19 Emergency Measures - March 23rd 2020

March 24th 2020 - Michael Gove confirms allotments are a place of isolation and exercise

The following information is taken from The National Allotment Society website:

"Following the instructions around movement and gatherings from the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020, we are consulting with central government but as we understand the situation at the moment it is still permitted to visit your plot, ideally on your own to take daily exercise. It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

Please Click Here to read the full National Allotment Society article and advice including info for Societies/Site Reps with regard to signage at sites.

Also Advice for Beekeepers around Harrow

March 18th 2020 - Headstone Manor & Museum close down until further notice

Harrow in LEAF's Plant Sale 2020 planned for May is cancelled along with many other events around Harrow due to the C-19 pandemic.......

This decision is made in line with Harrow Council's guidelines "Following the latest advise from Government on Coronavirus, we have taken the decision to postpone all organised meetings, processions and events at our parks and public areas."

We are informed that Hatch End Horticultural Society have cancelled their April and May talks and Hardy Plants Middlesex Group have had to cancel their Passionate About Plants event.

We suspect that other groups are doing likewise so it is best to check directly with them via their own websites.

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Our Big Plant Sale will return in May 2021.......

It has been confirmed that the Headstone Village Show will not be taking place in 2020.

As we have had to postpone our 2020 Show those of you that have copies of printed 2020 Show Schedules please hold on to them as it is likely the 2020 Classes will stand for 2021.

Luckily, most of us are a community of gardeners or allotmenteers and isolating may give us the time to get on with our passion for these activities.

Harrow in LEAF wish you all the best over the coming period, take care

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Harrow in LEAF's "Guide for New Allotment Holders" is now available on-line

Yes, our excellent Guide is now available via the "Allotment Guidelines" button on the top Menu above - or just click on this front page image.

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