Hawkinge Allotment Society site is unrecognizable after seven years of hard work

Contributed by editor on Jul 18, 2017 - 05:55 PM


By Susan Carey

The popular Hawkinge Allotment Society held their annual Open Day at the Stombers Lane site on Sunday 16 July.


All plots are current occupied but people wanting to take up any which become vacant are able to add their names to a short waiting list.

Nick Lord, Chairman of Hawkinge Allotment Society with Eloise joint winner with her brother Joshua of the ‘Best Raised Bed’  Photo: Susan Carey

As well as local visitors, people had come from other areas to talk with the Hawkinge Allotment Society (HAS) about how they had achieved so much in such a short time.

Christine with cakes in the clubhouse  Photo: Susan Carey

From being founded in 2005 and opening in 2010 it has created an impressive set of plots complete with clubhouse.

French for The Little kitchen garden  Photo: Susan Carey

Hawkinge Town Mayor Cllr John Heasman and Mayoress Pat Heasman were given a guided tour of the plots by District Councillor David Godfrey who was one of the first members of HAS and still tends a plot today.

Pat Heasman, Susan Carey and Cllr John Heasman

Kent County Councillor Susan Carey, who has supported HAS with grants for equipment over the years was also there to view the plots and enjoy some of the fine display of cakes in the clubhouse.

Nick Hilditch on his half plot  Photo: Susan Carey

As well as the usual categories of prizes, this year saw the introduction of a ‘Best Shed’ award which was voted on by the public.

Eileen Blythe and Nick Lord  Photo: Susan Carey

The contest had led to the appearance of many brightly painted sheds although some plot holders kept their sheds a traditional sober wood.

The busy allotments  Photo: Susan Carey

Photo: Susan Carey

Pretty sheds  Photo: Susan Carey

Colourful shed  Photo: Susan Carey

This year's competition winner are:

Best shed – Rod and Vicky at Plot 24


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