December 13 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Friday, August 30, 2013
Club treasurer Robert Rand talks about the Hornchurch and District Allotments and Gardening Society.
“The society has been established for over 60 years and was formed to promote gardening interests in and around Hornchurch, as well as the proper cultivation of allotment plots to produce high-quality food locally.
“The society now encompasses 15 sites and has almost 700 members.
“We even have members who are not plot holders, who pay a fee to enjoy the benefits of our trading huts and horticultural supplies.
“The land on which our sites stand is leased from the London borough of Havering under agreement.
“We support community projects and have a large marquee at the Havering Show each August where we mount a display of locally-produced vegetables, fruit, plants and flowers.
“Surplus produce donated by our members is available for purchase and towards the end of the show the display produce is also sold.
“The proceeds are donated to Saint Francis Hospice and over the last four years the donations have exceeded £8,000 in total.
“Members at our Stewart Avenue Upminster site recently hosted BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time.
Where: Various sites in Hornchurch
When: Varies depending on the place
Secretary: Janet Dingle
Chairman: Maurice Sparkes
Contact: Treasurer Robert Rand on 01708 559166
“The society is a voluntary organisation and its management committee meets monthly.
“We are confident the society will see younger members coming forward to take up the reins.”
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