Allotment Associations & Horticultural Groups in Harrow, Middlesex
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Making Harrow greener
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our annual show
|Affiliated to: Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) : National Vegetable Society (NVS) : National Dahlia Society|
Harrow in LEAF's Green HQ building, HA1 4HE
Our green Headquarters building, pictured at the top of this page, can be found on the West Harrow large allotment site, entrance in The Gardens, beside West Harrow tube station, HA1 4HE; our green HQ building is located about 750 yards along the roadway; parking is available.
The approach roadway is a bit bumpy, be warned, especially in the dark!
What are we about?
We are an independant voluntary umbrella organisation for allotment and Horticultural Groups in Harrow, Middlesex whose aim is to encourage allotment use and protect open space in the Borough for the benefit of community, well-being, wildlife and bio-diversity. Harrow in LEAF is a registered charity.
Through our grants initiative "Making Harrow Greener" we have been able to support "green shoot" projects with local volunteer groups and schools, thus promoting horticulture and it's value to us all.
Management Committee elections at the 2017 AGM
At the Harrow in LEAF AGM held on May 10th 2017 the Management Committee were re-elected without opposition, however it was announced that due to resignation of the Chair there was now a vacancy for this post.
The Harrow in LEAF Management Committee for 2017/18 is therefore structured as follows:
Management Committee elections at the 2016 AGM
At the Harrow in LEAF AGM held on May 11th 2016 the Management Committee were re-elected without opposition, however due to the Vice-Chair stepping down it was proposed and agreed that Maureen Jordan and Jill McLoughlin would share this post.
The Harrow in LEAF Management Committee for 2016/17 is therefore structured as follows:
Management Committee re-elected at the 2015 AGM
At the Harrow in LEAF AGM held on May 13th 2015 the Management Committee were re-elected without opposition.
The Harrow in LEAF Management Committee for 2015/16 is therefore structured as follows:
Management Committee re-elected and new Chairman elected at the 2014 AGM
At the Harrow in LEAF AGM held on May 14th 2014 the Management Committee were re-elected without opposition, due to their excellent third year at the helm.
Gordon Cox stepped down as Chairman and one of the founders of Harrow in LEAF, Sue Green, was nominated to take the Chairman role and unanimously elected by the membership attending.
The Harrow in LEAF Management Committee for 2014/15 is therefore structured as follows:
Management Committee re-elected and new Vice Chairman elected at the 2013 AGM
At the Harrow in LEAF AGM held on May 15th 2013 the Management Committee were re-elected without opposition, due to their excellent second year at the helm.
Elizabeth Lawley, West Harrow Allotments, was nominated for the role of Vice Chairman and unanimously elected by the membership attending.
The Harrow in LEAF Management Committee for 2013/14 is therefore structured as follows:
Under New Management - 2011 and onwards
At a well attended Special General Meeting on June 29th 2011 a new Management Committee was elected in order to ensure the continuation of the Harrow in LEAF organisation:
Who's who 2011?
Back row: Derek Osborne, Judy Walker, Terry Frisch, Frances Goldingay, John Hillier
LEAF stands for:
Local Environmental Agenda 21 Federation
Prior to 1997, Harrow Council invited two "allotment advisors" from the allotment
societies, to represent the allotment holders at the relevant Council committee
meetings. Similarly other “advisors” represented other interests such as Friends
of the Earth.
In 1999 a local community group donated a building to use as headquarters which was erected at the far end of West Harrow allotment site. A donation of paint from Dulux enabled us to refurbish the building and provide a focal point where committee meetings, plant sales, barbeques and open days are held during the year. Funding from the Brent & Harrow Joint Consultative Committee provided a raised bed and disabled toilet facility nearby.
A funding application to the Allotments Regeneration Initiative (ARI) Scheme, the Social, Economic and Environmental Development (SEED) Programme along with British Airways and Harrow Council provided funds to erect secure storage facilities and recycling bays on 13 sites in the borough
Allotments Regeneration Initiative
ARI was a partnership between the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG), the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG) and QED Allotments Group and was funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It aimed to stimulate more people to get growing on urban allotments, both as individual plot holders and through community projects. A total of 60 organisations submitted bids for grants but only 7 were successful and of those, 4 were local authorities, so the result was a terrific achievement for Harrow in LEAF who were awarded a total of £36,132 over two years
A further £49,558 was Lottery funded by the £15.3 million SEED Programme, which is managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) and 11 consortium partners. The SEED programme distributes National Lottery money on behalf of the New Opportunities Fund under its Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities funding programme. This programme aims to stimulate local economic development and support community enterprise, promoting sustainability and helping disadvantaged communities improve the quality of their environment. Over the coming months Harrow in Leaf will be speaking to local community groups about The "Benefits of Allotment Gardening" and would like to hear from any groups who are interested in holding a talk
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