We are taking part in the "Sow Wild!" Project in 2016/17 and so can you!
The University of Sussex are studying the effects of wildflowers in allotments and urban gardens upon pollinator populations via a 'citizen science'
project, and they would like to get keen gardeners involved from all over the UK.
Harrow in LEAF have registered with the project and intend to make a "test bed" outside their green HQ building, West Harrow Allotments (large).
Click to view the Sow Wild! poster.
This is how the project works:
1) You register your interest by 12th Feb 2016
2) You are sent a project pack, which includes a pack of wildflowers, sampling equipment and detailed instructions.
3) You sow the 'Sow Wild!' wildflower seeds in your allotment or garden in Spring 2016.
4) You sample insects in the wildflower patch in summer, using pan traps, and send them back to us.
5) We let you know what is pollinating your garden or allotment!
6) You repeat the sampling in summer 2017."
For more information there is a Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/SowWild/ or you can e-mail your interest directly to Janine, the researcher, at
If you do decide to take part then perhaps you could let Harrow in LEAF know and together we could map & monitor how the research is going across Harrow and surrounds.
Please share this information: pass on to others who may be interested, put up a poster or include in newsletters etc. Would be good for schools and children.
Beginners' Gardening Course - FREE.
Learn how to grow your own food.
Old Kenton Lane Allotments Association are launching a Beginners' Gardening Course for young adults who would like to learn how to garden, but obviously anyone who would like to learn is welcome. Unfortunately this does not include children.
The course will run on Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th April 2016, from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Numbers are limited so book early!
The teacher will be
Anita Gracie, a Master Gardener with Garden Organic a keen promoter of allotmenteering.
If beginners do not have a garden then a small section of garden at the allotment site may be provided. Ideally bring gardening gloves, wellies and a trowel.
The Sunday session will include walking around the allotment site, looking at compost heaps, soil types and weeds and talking to the gardeners working on their plots.
To book your place, call Viv Williamson on 07722 581133
or e-mail: email@example.com
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Harrow in LEAF still a "growing community" in 2016.
We extend a warm welcome to Old Kenton Lane Allotments Association.
Harrow in LEAF are pleased to welcome as our new Associate Society Member, Old Kenton Lane Allotments Association.
They are located at their allotment site on Old Kenton Lane, Kingsbury, NW9 9ND which has 183 five-pole allotment plots.
Old Kenton Lane is self-managed with a constituted committee responsible for the site's operational management, including grounds maintenance
and waiting list administration.
The majority of plot holders are Brent residents with a few from Camden, Harrow, and Kensington and Chelsea.
The association has nearly 200 members.
E-mail Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further info on nearby allotments in Brent please read the "Food for Thought" strategy brochure.
Not just any Christmas Card recycling scheme, this is Marks & Sparks recycling!
This year the Woodland Trust and Marks & Spencer have teamed up to recycle your unwanted Christmas Cards.
The Woodland Trust is a charity who ensures that our green spaces, ancient woodlands and trees are protected.
For every 1000 Christmas cards recycled at an M & S branch during January 2016, Marks & Spencer will plant a new native tree in the UK.
We think it is a great way to recycle your cards, and thank you to our members who informed us of this excellent initiative............read more >
LEAF tip: If you cannot get to an M&S branch then another way to recycle is to cut your old Christmas Cards into smaller labels to attach to next year's presents for friends and family. Crinkly scissors work a treat.
How do you keep active when allotment and garden work is done for Winter?
Harrow in LEAF have been contacted regarding new activities that may be of interest to our members. Location: Cedars Community Centre, Chicheley Road, Harrow Weald, HA3 6QH
Walking Football comes to Harrow
Every Friday from 12 to 1pm
£2 per session
NO RUNNING, NO AGE LIMIT
Walking Football, a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 55s, has arrived in Middlesex with venues popping up all over the County.
Just turn up on Fridays with a pair of trainers!
Over 50's Activities sessions
Every Tuesday from 11am to 12.30pm
Free social activities for people aged 50 years plus.
Activities available include carpet bowls, table tennis, badminton and board games.
The cafe is open for food and drinks.
This session caters for both people who want to simply chat and have a coffee and for those who want to take part in more physical activities.
Click here to contact Cedars for further info.
2016 Show Schedule available now - Click Here.
Friends of WISEWORKS
Wednesday 25th May from 11.00am - 2.30pm
At Wiseworks, 74a Marlborough Hill, Harrow, HA1 1TY
Plants/planters/birdboxes/tools/bric a brac and refreshments
......more info on all events and venues
Sow & Harvest Guide
Courtesy of Newton Park HS.....
What to do on your allotment or in your garden this month.
Sow sow sow - beans, peas, lettuce when no chance of frost.....
Your ideas on what to do with all that allotment or garden food produce!
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Published: 11th Nov 2011