Allotment Associations & Horticultural Groups in Harrow, Middlesex

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.


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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.

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 McLaughlin would share this post.

The Harrow in LEAF Management Committee for 2016/17 is therefore structured as follows:

Chair - Sue Green
Vice Chair - Maureen Jordan, West Harrow / Jill McLaughlin
Secretary - Frances Goldingay, West Harrow
Treasurer - Judy Walker, West Harrow

plus Trustee, Judy Earl, Harrow Beekeepers
and non-elected Membership Secretary - Brian Vaughan, Cuckoo Hill

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:

Chair - Sue Green
Vice Chair - Elizabeth Lawley, West Harrow
Secretary - Frances Goldingay, West Harrow
Treasurer - Judy Walker, West Harrow

plus Trustee, Judy Earl, Harrow Beekeepers and non-elected Membership Secretary - Brian Vaughan, Cuckoo Hill

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:

Chair - Sue Green
Vice Chair - Elizabeth Lawley, West Harrow
Secretary - Frances Goldingay, West Harrow
Treasurer - Judy Walker, West Harrow

plus non-elected Membership Secretary - Brian Vaughan, Cuckoo Hill

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:

Chairman - Gordon Cox, West Harrow
Vice Chair - Elizabeth Lawley, West Harrow
Secretary - Frances Goldingay, West Harrow
Treasurer - Judy Walker, West Harrow

plus non-elected Membership Secretary - Brian Vaughan, Cuckoo Hill

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:

Chairman - Gordon Cox, West Harrow
Vice Chairman - Terry Frisch, Marshalls
Secretary - Frances Goldingay
Treasurer - Judy Walker, West Harrow
Membership Secretary - Victoria Widenka, Marshalls

At the Annual General Meeting on May 11th 2011 the chairmen of the following sub-committees were elected as follows:

Harrow In LEAF Show committee chairman - Derek Osborne, Belmont Horticultural Society rep.
Maintenance committee chairman - John Hillier, Newton Park East rep.

Who's who 2011?

HiL 2011 committee

Back row: Derek Osborne, Judy Walker, Terry Frisch, Frances Goldingay, John Hillier
Front row: Victoria Widenka and Gordon Cox



Download our "about us" LEAFlet

LEAF stands for:

Local Environmental Agenda 21 Federation
highlighting one of Harrow in LEAF’s original objectives to support the “Agenda 21” Forum.
In 1992, the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio brought together world leaders from 179 countries to sign up to Agenda 21, an action plan for sustainable development.

History

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.

Following their 1997 landslide victories in both national and local elections, the new government radically reorganised Harrow Council to "cabinet style" working, thus eliminating the role for these advisors. Hence our two allotment advisors - namely Ron Dickens of Newton Park and Sue Green of West Harrow - became redundant.

To redress this, in March 1998 a meeting of six allotment societies' officers was convened by Sue Green (West Harrow AGA) - these were Ron Dickens (Newton Park HS), Derek Osborne (Belmont HS), Gordon Cox (Harrow Horticultural and Rose S), Ralph Prior (Roxbourne HS), and Pinner Society - and Harrow in LEAF (HiL) was born with the objective to preserve, protect, promote, and improve allotments across the Borough.

HiL has successfully attracted members from the remaining sites, and nowadays almost all are involved via their society's affiliation, and/or through their site representative; additionally many allotment holders have become individual members. We have also attracted other compatible groups such as other horticultural associations, park user groups, and the beekeepers, and have established a successful working partnership with Harrow Council.

The committee of twenty-five dedicated volunteers meets bimonthly to progress HiL’s aims, namely to improve sites, and protect sites from threats: the latter being crucial to allotments at a time when they are vulnerable to development.

LEAF Headquarters

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.

Grants

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

SEED

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

link to ARI website
link to NSALG website link to FCFCG website link to QED Allotments website link to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation website link to SEED website link to NOF website

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