The Hailsham Allotment Society invited residents to its Annual Summer Show at the Battle Road allotment site on Saturday [7 August], which was officially opened by the Town Mayor Councillor Paul Holbrook.
The show was attended by allotment society members and plot holders, and residents were asked to bring along their flowers and vegetables for exhibiting and judging. Prizes were given for each category winner.
Members of the Allotment Society were on hand to answer questions and to show off their plots to visitors, helping to raise the profile of allotments and why it is beneficial to have one.
“I’m honoured and delighted to have been asked to open the event,” said Town Mayor Councillor Paul Holbrook. “The Allotment Society’s Summer Show was a great opportunity for people to exhibit their vegetables and flowers, see the allotment plots on site, learn a few tips and techniques for growing their own, and relax with refreshments!”
At present, the Council manages 96 plots on three sites: Battle Road (59 plots) Station Road (14 plots) and Harold Avenue (23 plots). Standard plots are 3 or 5 rods in size.
Rental costs are £23.10 per annum for 3-rod size and £39.60 per annum for 5-rod size. A £50 deposit is requested for newly registering plot-holders.
Councillor Holbrook added: “The Town Council is committed to providing allotment plots to all residents who wish to rent one. We recognise the vital role allotment gardening plays in the local community, for people to grow their own selection of fruit and vegetables whilst serving as a highly rewarding pastime in the process.”
Terry Miller, secretary of the Hailsham Allotment Society said: “The Summer Show was a great success and people were more than willing to show off their allotment plots and the various fruit and vegetables they grow. The food and refreshments were a popular attraction as were the various stalls that were on site.”
To request being added to the allotment rental waiting list, please contact Karen Giddings (Environment & Planning Officer) on 01323 841702 or email.
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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