The Hailsham Allotment Society opened its doors on Saturday [22 June] to members of the public considering having an allotment – and to display the wide variety of vegetables and fruit grown on-site.
The Hailsham Allotment Open Day took place at the Battle Road allotment site and was attended by Hailsham Town Mayor Councillor Paul Holbrook, as well as representatives from the Hailsham Horticultural Society, Canine Partners, Healthy Living Club, Cats’ Protection and the Sussex Beekeepers’ Association, as well as Hailsham FM.
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 open day was a great opportunity for people to see the plots, learn a few tips and techniques for growing their own, and relax with a cup of tea!”
“Allotments are not only a brilliant way of keeping active, but also eating more healthily, helping the environment by reducing food miles, escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday living and of course, generating a sense of community.”
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 open day was a great success with more members of the public attendance than in previous years. Plot holders were more than willing to show off their plots and the various fruit and vegetables they grow. The food and refreshments were a popular attraction as were the many 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 & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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