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Harrow Beekeepers revamp website - check it out!

Allotment Regeneration Initiative ends 31/10/2012

ARI Celebrating 10 Years of Allotment Regeneration!

On the 31st of October 2012 the ARI Programme, which has helped to revive interest in allotments and food growing across the UK will reach its natural conclusion.

Published: 20th Oct 2012


8th Harrow in LEAF Show - Photos have arrived!

Harrow change Allotments tel no. to 0208 901 2605

Allotments under threat - please sign the e-petition

8th Harrow in LEAF Show - a BIG thankyou.

As the London Olympics has shown nothing can be a roaring success without the help of a great team of volunteers. So Harrow in LEAF and our Show Chairman - Derek Osborne, would like to say a big thankyou to everyone who took part over the weekend with stalls/entertainments, exhibition and competition entrants, provided their time as volunteers with stewarding, car parking, marquee erection and much more. Thanks for just doing it!


Published: 28th Aug 2012


Streamside Horticultural Association rejoin Harrow In LEAF in 2012

We are pleased to welcome back as members of Harrow In LEAF, the Streamside Horticultural Association under the chairmanship of Peter Harwood.

Streamside HA join HiL 2012 We have updated our Events Diary with information about their upcoming outings and hope to bring more news and events as we hear of them.

Please visit our members page for further information.

Published: 12th June 2012


Interested in blight or becoming a Blight Monitor?
Did you know potato and tomato blight are the same thing? learn more about blight and how you can help........

Harrow In LEAF Plant Sale 2012 - a great success!


The Harrow in LEAF Plant Sale on 19th May was a great success, raising more for our funds than last year. We had more tables than in previous years, with 10 groups or people paying to sell their plants.

The 2012 plant sale is nearly ready to begin.
The weather was good — dry but not too hot, and the excellent refreshments provided by Carol and her team were much appreciated.

      Harrow in LEAF's table     No really, would you buy from this pair?  
      HiL Plant Stall                               Would you buy from this pair?

A big thank you to all those involved, whether selling or buying.

Article and pictures submitted by Diana Dolman, HAGA.

Published: 31st May 2012

Can you help Wiseworks turn their new piece of land into a garden?

Harrow in LEAF have recently donated a greenhouse and now we would like your help to donate some expertise in gardening and allotments.
Please click on the heading above for full details.


Published: 1st May 2012

HiL Appeal: Have you any unwanted or spare gardening tools suitable for schools?

At Harrow in LEAF we believe that exposure to nature is beneficial to both adults and children. Our latest affiliated member, Weald Junior School, has a need for "children sized tools" to be donated, ideally border forks and rakes. We would like to help, so if you have any old or surplus gardening tools that you wish to donate please contact us via info@harrowinleaf.org.uk.

Published: 27th Apr 2012

Weald Junior School join Harrow In LEAF in 2012

We are pleased to welcome as members of Harrow In LEAF our newest affiliate, namely Weald Junior School, Harrow Weald.
Please click this link for information about their gardening scheme.


Published: 27th Apr 2012

Harrow in LEAF Quiz Night - A succesful return

The return of our Annual Quiz Night was a great success with over 60 participants squeezed into our HQ building, enjoying quizzing, a raffle, supper and their own refreshments.

Our thanks go to our eloquent Quizmaster, Terry Frisch who was dressed for the part in a fine tux and bow tie, and to Diana Dolman for taking on the organisation of the evening and food arrangements.
We also extend our thanks to John Hillier and the maintenance team for setting up and clearing away the tables etc.

In a closely fought contest the winners were the "Bad Beekeepers" team, and in runner up position and only 1 point behind were the imaginatively named "Table 2" team! In last place, and so the winner of the lemons were "Braindead".

The first Quiz Night, returning under the new management committee, made over £200 pounds for Harrow in LEAF funds.

Everyone agreed it was a very good and fun evening and that we must brush up on our local knowledge of Harrow for next year!

Review: "The Best Quiz that I have ever been to!"......A beekeeper.

Published: 17th Apr 2012


Up to £1,000 fine for hosepipe use in DROUGHT.
VEOLIA: water restrictions - Please Read

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Kenton Lane Allotments - Murder Hunt Update

London Olympics launch "Garden for the Games"

Celandine Walk, Cuckoo Hill path repairs - latest pics

Hatch End Horticultural Society
Our current list of events for 2012 is now available.


We begin the year on 9th February at 8:00pm Michael Sleigh will present a talk at the Free Church Hall, Rowlands Avenue, Hatch End on "Garden and Plant Photography";

Cropped and saturated HEHS - Garden & Plant Photography

• Click here to download Hatch End Horticultural Society 2012 Events

The Society provides local people with the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for, and learn more about, flower,fruit and vegetable growing and welcomes expert and novice gardeners alike.

For further information, or to inquire about membership (£4 per annum per family, £6 for postal members), please contact either:

Our Secretary: John Barton e-mail: j.barton@btinternet.com tel:020 8428 5756

Our Chairman: Alan Graham e-mail: agal@fastmail.co.uk tel: 020 8428 2430

Published: 30th Jan 2012


The new Harrow In Leaf Management Committee

As we begin 2012 under new management, we thought you would like to meet the key members of our voluntary organisation.
Click on the image to learn more and to see a larger photo!

The new committee are dedicated to continuing the role of Harrow In Leaf on green issues in Harrow and are planning to run their successful Annual Horticultural Show over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

2011 HiL committee

This year saw the reintroduction of the popular Quiz Night, Plant Sale and the Barbeque. For dates see the Event Diary 2012


Updated: 31st May 2012


Shaw Trust take over the Earth Project at Newton Park East
Published: 5th Dec 2011

The results of the 2011 French Bean Trials

Carried out during the year's growing period.

Published: 5th Dec 2011
The Bean Trial Pyramids

The Two Ronnies at West Harrow Allotments Did you know the Two Ronnies filmed at West Harrow Allotments in the 80's?

Yes they did, were you there? tell us your recollections - just click on the Two Ronnies image to read more and watch this funny video clip.

Published: 30th Nov 2011

Allotment holders wanted for Dragon Finder project
Froglife Dragon Finder
The charity, Froglife, is currently developing a new amphibian and reptile conservation project, called Dragon Finder. It is based in London and will run over a 5-year period. One part of the Dragon Finder project will be the running of Wildlife Workshops for allotment holders. The course will show allotment holders how they can improve their allotments for wildlife, how to identify reptile and amphibian species, how to monitor reptile and amphibian populations on their sites, and also show them how wildlife can benefit food growing.

The project is currently in the development stage, and, to help in their planning, Froglife would appreciate allotment holders filling in a questionnaire online or a paper version can be obtained from our Secretary. It is hoped that the project will be up and running in Autumn 2012.

new plots

St. Luke's Volunteer Gardeners say "Thank you"

St. Luke's Hospice is a local charity who cares for people with incurable illnesses. There are many events run,

throughout the year, to enable them to raise some of the £3 million they need each year to keep on supporting local families in their hour of need.

There are over 700 volunteers working around the borough, a small number of whom work as part of a gardening group within the hospice grounds in Kenton.

Sue Searle and Robin Salt, pictured here, showed us around the gardens they care for and maintain, at St. Luke's. “They are laid out in such a way that the patients and their visitors can utilise them in many ways”.  There is a seat for two in a quiet corner, a fish pond, a collection of stone benches circling a water feature and plants situated outside rooms for patients who are unable to get outside to look at from the comfort of their beds. It was certainly a pleasure to walk around early in the year, and again later when it was the garden was in full bloom.

Harrow in LEAF has recently been able to donate some money to the gardening group to enable them to replace a garden shed and provide new shrubs for the borders.

Our best wishes go out to the team who have worked so hard to support the hospice and help make it a beautiful place to be.


Gardening Club

The gardens surrounding the Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre have benefitted recently from a donation given by Harrow in LEAF to the gardening club there. more...

gardening club

Harrow Civic Centre Year 6 children outside the greenhouse

The 'Green' Greenhouse

The children of a local school have built this amazing plastic bottle greenhouse on their allotment site, and Friday 26th June saw the grand opening party, complete with strawberry tea.

more...


It's not easy being green

Are you involved in teaching children? This BBC website gives information on teaching children about the growing process. In Harrow there are a couple of schools who have taken over allotment plots near by in order to get children more involved, could yours be the next?

Read more at the BBC's Schools website

vegetables

BBC Schools: It’s not easy being green


Insect house Luxury Homes To Let
(Insect "high-rise" Dwellings)

The staff at the Earth Project, behind the Newton Park allotment site in South Harrow have built this insect house.
It provides habitats to give shelter and nesting sites to many insects.

They hope to be building slightly simpler versions as projects with schools and other groups who visit the Centre.

more...




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What to do on your allotment or in your garden this month.

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Harrow in Leaf's "Guide for New Allotment Holders" is now available on-line

Yes, our excellent Guide is now available via the "Allotment Guidelines" button on the top Menu above - or just click on this front page image.

        Guide for New Allotment Holders
Published: 11th Nov 2011


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