About Us

We are a friendly non-profit making society which is run, by unpaid volunteers, for the benefit of all our members. We aim to provide help, advice and competitive products to members.
Formed in around 1931, we hope to improve the quality of allotments, for the benefit of the local community throughout the whole district.

We operate an allotment shop which is open :-
every Sunday 9.30am to 12.30pm and every Saturday from 2nd February 2019 until late October 2019.
Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible to join and new members are always welcome.
Annual membership Adults £3.00 Concessions £2.00 (due 1st January each year)

Please see price list below:-
Contact us via e-mail :- HaggLaneAllotments[at]hotmail.co.uk

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The weight is over......almost

It’s a fine crisp day at the moment, but I will not waffle on… 
This Fryday, January 25th,  we will be wedging the door open to receive our delivery of seed potatoes, onions, shallots etc, heralding the start of our 2019 allotment and garden growing season.   As always, this email comes as an invitation to all members to don your jackets and to come and join us as we chip away at unloading the lorry, and then to process the sacks of spuds.  Extra sets of scales are always welcome to help relieve the crush, and to ensure that we do not make too much of a hash of things.
Delivery : due at 9, so arrival by 8.45 is helpful.
Kettle: bubbling and squeaking from 9.15.
Cake: still in the recipe book at the moment
Weighing and packing: 9.30 onwards, and probably done by 11.
All orders should be available to collect on SUNDAY JANUARY 27th, between 9.30 and 12.30.  Please note that we have been advised by our supplier that shortages of both seed potatoes and onion sets have been widely reported this year.  We are hopeful that we will be able to supply all of our orders, but, at this stage, we  are unable to guarantee that all varieties will actually be available in the quantities that we have requested.  Obviously we will do our very best to please as many members as we can.
If you have not placed an order yet, there will be plenty of potatoes available to purchase on Sunday, and we suggest that you hot-foot it to the hut as soon as you can to make your selection.  The same obviously applies to onions, shallots, garlic and other stuff!
From February 2nd, we should also be opening on Saturday mornings as well as Sundays, 9.30 -12.30 as usual.
And finally, don’t forget to join our bucket list.  John and Malcolm will be striving to retain their potato-growing crowns, and we hope that you will harness that surge of potato-envy productively this year.  A spot of water during the growing season also helps, apparently…  Yes.  We are proud to announce the continuation of our annual potato in a bucket competition (year 2!) and hope you will give it a bash.  A mere 3.50 sterling will secure you a free bucket, and 2 potatoes of a particular variety that we will keep a secret!  (My computer refuses to do pound signs any more.  Sorry!)  If you purchased a competition bucket last year, we are currently discussing a discount option! 
Malcolm has produced some helpful growing hints (or so he says…) and we hope to get these onto the blog spot shortly.
Hope to see you on Fryday if you are free.
(on behalf of the slightly tatty volunteer team)

Monday, 17 December 2018

The weather outside is frightful....

but our fire is so delightful…
And so this heralds our annual invitation to you to join us for a festive cuppa and a mince pie or two (or a less Christmassy cake, or sausage roll or vol au vent ), next weekend – December 23rd – between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We will be celebrating the season in our traditional way in the Society Hut, and the tea and coffee will be flowing throughout the morning, along with good cheer and our usual riveting conversation.  In addition to the excitement of the beverages, we hope, also, to be able to crown our two potato growers of glory, and lavish them with a certificate and a round of applause. They will probably be signing autographs.
We very much hope that you will be able to join us, and that you will be able to make the most of this opportunity to pick up some stocking fillers from our extensive range of baubles and trinkets (… well growbags, pelleted chicken manure and items from our slug slaying range).  If you find that you are free, please come along at any time during the morning.
Seasons Greetings!

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Free greenhouse for collection

"We have a greenhouse we no longer require and would like to donate it to a good home - see attached photos.  We don’t want any money for it but would require anyone who wants it to come and dismantle and remove it as soon as possible.  We are in Crosspool"

Friday, 2 November 2018

Sunday best

We will not be dressing up especially, but this is to remind you that the Allotment Society Hut will be embarking on its annual (partial) hibernation as from now.  The volunteer team are already making plans for Saturday morning duvet parties (which will not be taking place at the hut…) but we will still be very pleased to see you on Sunday mornings, when we will be open for business as usual.  Our opening hours remain as 9.30am -12.30pm, and the fire and kettle should be on the go at most times in between.  The cake makers are beginning to limber up for festive offerings, and a rumour of a swiss-roll-off has been circulating.  Such simple pleasures.

For those of our members who may regards themselves as more serious gardeners, there is still time to place an order for potatoes etc, and we still have one or two bags of autumn planting onions and garlic available if you’re quick.  The merchandiser has been freshly stocked with Mr Fothergill seeds, and we are able to offer a discount on purchases costing more than a tenner.  This also applies to items which are not in stock, but which we may be able to order for you.

In spite of the current drought-like conditions, many local allotment holders are choosing to cover their plots during the winter season, to protect the soil from the inevitable deluges, to minimize the loss of nutrients, and to suppress weeds.  Should you be considering this option, we have a number of different ground cover materials in stock.

Our autumn work parties have failed to get going yet, but the time is nigh!  Depending on the weather, Saturday November 10th is looking like a possibility.  If you are interested in helping doing a bit of cutting back and tidying up, and are likely to be free, please let us know.

So, we will now be closed on Saturdays, until the excitement of the potato delivery drags us from our beds towards the end of January.  Not to mention the second annual potato in a bucket competition

Friday, 14 September 2018

Last of the summer whines

Too hot!” “It’s too dry!”  “If only there was a bit of a breeze!”  With Florence making things exciting over the Atlantic, and knowing that we usually get the dregs of their weather, it all now seems like a distant memory.  So it’s time to put my pathetic harvest of potatoes into storage, and start pondering my 2019 planting.

Next year’s potato/onion and other stuff order form below.  We are pleased to inform you that we are now taking orders, and expect the delivery on Friday January 25th 2019.  Advance payment will secure your order.  You will also remember that we now have in stock overwintering onions, garlic, peas, beans and green manure.  Oh, and hyacinths.  All of these are available for immediate purchase.
We had an exciting weekend weighing in buckets of potatoes 2 weeks ago, and are delighted to announce that Malcolm Lee has been crowned King of Spades. Or should that be Spuds?) Malcolm’s harvest weighed in at 6.4kg, and an enormously valuable trophy will be presented to him shortly.  Congratulations to Malcolm, but also to John McConnon who was snapping at his heels, with his crop weighing in at only 200g lighter. John, however, did turn in the largest individual potato, at 405g, and a similarly valuable trophy will be presented to him too.  Well done to everyone who took part!  Special mentions to: Bernard Maddison, Rob Woodford, Corinne Lakin, Roger Kay, Pam Houson, Ann Kingstone,  Jeff Underwood, Cara Gray, Bev Underwood, Sid Bethell, Gordon Baker, Nick Taylor and Kevin Kitchen.

Following the success of this year’s just-for-fun competition, we are already planning for next year, and will make a few tweaks in the light of experiences.  Malcolm has sportingly shared with us the secrets of his success, and we will aim to provide some growing tips.

Potato buckets and the designated potatoes will be available when the potatoes are delivered in January.

 Many congratulations also to Bev and Jeff Underwood, who were winners in the Bolton Cup competitions.  Society volunteers, they have worked tirelessly to knock their plot into shape, and they can be very proud of what they have achieved this year!
Crosspool Open Gardens
Back in July, we participated in the Open Gardens event and, as a result of this, we received a number of donations, and we have used these to purchase an allotment from the Oxfam Unwrapped gifts scheme.

Working parties
There are a few overgrown areas appearing on site, and we hope to have a couple of sessions in the near future to bring these back under control.  Look out for an email inviting you to join the party!

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

2019 Seed Potato & Onion Order Form

Some like it hot.....

… but the Bank Holiday has been typically cool, my fleece and thermals have found their way back out of the cupboard, and my fingers have been hovering over the thermostat for the central heating.  It certainly feels as though autumn is on the way, in spite of some of the papers promising us yet another heatwave.  And all this can mean only one thing.  It’s time to gather in the harvest AND start planning for next year!

In chronological order:

Buckets of potatoes are due for their grand weigh-in next Saturday, September 1st.  If you have entered this new competition you should have received an email giving you details.  However, we are aware that one or two entrants have slipped through the (inter)net, so if you have not heard from us please consider this to be your official summons.  We will be eagerly manning the weighing scales from 9.30am until 12.30pm, and will make every effort to be fair and impartial. We will do our very best, also, to make allowances for the date, as long as we are informed.  Please get in touch if you have any concerns about this.

At last – a delivery is expected on Friday September 7th.  Fresh supplies of compost will be being heaved off the lorry, and we are pleased to invite you to come and join in the quaint Hagg Lane Allotment Society custom of trying to dodge the pallets.  This will probably be followed by a game of “hunt the scissors” on Saturday. Seriously, please come to help if you can.  8.45am for 9am.  Tea and cake will be provided to boost morale and energy levels.  It never fails to be an enormously fun occasion, and, besides, we have never lost a volunteer…yet… Let us know if you can join us, or just turn up on the day if you find yourself free.

Autumn planting onions, garlic, peas and beans and green manure will be arriving with the delivery.  Consequently, these will be available for purchase from Saturday September 8th

An order form for next years potatoes is now available online and on paper (hopefully..) from September 1st.  

The volunteer team are looking forward to seeing you again very soon, and trust that you have had a productive season on your plots and in your gardens.