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Club News: Hornchurch and District Allotments and Gardening Society

PUBLISHED: 16:28 30 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:40 30 August 2013

Mayor Cllr Eric Munday (left) with members of the society presenting a cheque to Saint Francis Hospice at the town hall

Mayor Cllr Eric Munday (left) with members of the society presenting a cheque to Saint Francis Hospice at the town hall

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Club treasurer Robert Rand talks about the Hornchurch and District Allotments and Gardening Society.

The society's display of flowers and produce at 2012's Havering ShowThe society's display of flowers and produce at 2012's Havering Show

“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.

The society's range of fruit and veg at the Havering Show 2012The society's range of fruit and veg at the Havering Show 2012

“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.

Hornchurch and District Allotments and Gardening Society

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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