Allotment Associations & Horticultural Groups in Harrow, Middlesex

Headstone Allotments and Gardens Association

HAGA was founded in 1920 as Headstone Allotment Association on a site controlled by Pinner Parish Council. Even in 1927 there were complaints of damage to crops, but from rabbits and horses. Membership rose from 31 in 1939 to over 800 in the 1970s, but was capped at 800 in 1979. Unfortunately we don’t have that number nowadays, but welcome new members. Although allotments are popular again now, in 1974 the borough-wide waiting list was 500 and 46 for the Headstone site. However, our views on pesticides and the environment have changed; in 1957 we were grateful to Murphy Chemicals Ltd for the donation of two half-pound tins of DDT as prizes for vegetable classes in our show. Trading patterns have changed too: in spring 1965 each weekend our Trading Hut sold around 12 cwt (about 544 kg) of peat, 15 cwt of JI compost, and 8 cwt of fertiliser, and that year we sold 720 boxes of bedding plants and108 geraniums. A few years later we sold 1½ tons of seed potatoes in 6 hours of trading, and 1100 tomato plants. Even though we can’t match those numbers nowadays, our trading hut still offers excellent value and a wide range of goods at competitive prices.

The HAGA welcomes new members. We have a Trading Hut on the Headstone Allotment Site, entrance on Pinner View close to the junction with Parkside Way (open Sunday 10 AM to 12 noon). We sell composts, mulches, fleece, fertilisers, seeds, potatoes, onions, bird food, pots, pesticides, cans, canes, string, labels and much, much more, all at competitive prices. Membership is £2.50 per annum, with concession for Senior Citizens. You can save much more than that on your first visit!

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