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 :-
Currently due to Covid-19 every Sunday 10am-12noon with social distancing measures in place.
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



Thursday, 8 September 2022

Potato & Onion Order Form

 


Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Ne'er-do-wells

Unfortunately we have received reports of multiple break-ins and acts of vandalism on the Hagg Lane allotment site.  We always encourage victims of such crimes to report the event to the police because, whilst it is unlikely that anything can be done to find the culprits, it is helpful to the police to keep tabs on where crimes are committed, and to maintain realistic statistics.

If you haven’t been to your plot recently, it might be a good idea to check for damage and losses, and it is obviously helpful to keep the site gates locked, even when you are on site.

Hope that all is well with you.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Feeling chipper, half baked or making a hash of it....

The allotment year is already trundling onwards, and we are pleased to let you know that potatoes, garlic and onions have now arrived at the Hut.  Once again, our order has been reduced to reflect the quantities purchased over the last few years, and there have also been a number of crop failures to throw in.  If you have pre-ordered, please come to collect your stuff as soon as possible – we always get nervous about potential frost or rodent damage the longer they are left with us.  If you haven’t pre-ordered, and are hoping to drop by to make a purchase, we suggest that you don’t hang about!

We have also received the seed order from Kings, and our seed merchandiser in the Hut is freshly stocked.

We are still opening on Sunday mornings only, between 10 and 12 ish, working with a reduced volunteer team.  Apologies if this causes any frustration.  Please contact us directly if our current opening hours makes it impossible for you to visit, and we will do our best to help.  Obviously, we are trying to operate as safely as we can, and would ask visitors to the hut to wear a mask, and to use common sense if there seems to be a bottleneck! 

Look forward to seeing you soon.  Happy New Year!!!

Debbie, Eric, Kevin and Steve (on behalf of the wider volunteer team

Monday, 1 November 2021

Order! Order!

 ... (or so they say in the shambles that is our system of democracy...)

 
So, this long and eagerly awaited email is to remind you that it is not time to rest on your growing laurels.  Instead, you will undoubtedly be tidying away the last of this year’s triumphs in the vegetable patch, putting your beds to ... er ... bed and already planning how you will increase your yields and defeat the aphid army, in a totally environmentally friendly manner.
 
Firstly: Technology permitting, next year’s Potato Order form.  Once again we have reduced the total quantities of stuff that we are ordering, to try to match the demands of the past few years.  With this in mind, we would seriously urge you to pre-order as soon as possible in order to secure your preferences, although we will probably still be able to offer some for sale in February.  If you want, you can email your order to us, or visit us at the hut on a Sunday morning.  Onions, garlic, shallots etc are also on the list.  Ooooh, and there is a rumour that the ever-popular bucket/potato competition will be making a return.
 
Secondly: The Kings Seed order will be being placed on November 15th, or thereabouts.  For a handling fee of £1.30, we hope to be able to offer members a discount of 50% off vegetable, herb and flower seeds, assuming that our order totals more than £200 altogether.  Your order needs to be submitted by ourselves in order to qualify and, again, you can email this to us, or beat a path to the hut.  We can build a little bit of flexibility into the date, but don’t want to repeat the excitement that we lived through earlier this year.  Please let us know if you are running late AND please contact us if you do not receive acknowledgement of your order within 14 days of sending it to us. 
 
Thirdly: We have had a delivery of Peat Free Compost this week -  Bloom and Gro Organic Peat Free 40L. It is new to the market!
 
Finally, it has been lovely to see an increasing number of visitors to the hut, and to meet new allotment holders from both near and further afield.  We look forward to seeing you sometime soon, and socially distanced cups of tea are on offer once more,
 
Get them orders in!

 

 

Friday, 24 September 2021

Seed Potato Order Form

 




It has been sow long

 Autumn planting onions and garlic

These were available to purchase from the hut from Sunday, September 12th. Because of the unpredictability of the numbers of customers that we are getting, once again we have only placed a small order.  I’m sure that you will appreciate that we need to cover our costs and it is always a tricky balancing act making sure that we are not left with unsold perishable items.

The hut is currently open from around 10am until 12 noon. Sunday.  As usual, cash only.

 

Kings Seeds Allotment Scheme

In spite of the large amount of unwanted tension and excitement earlier this year, we are proposing to repeat our participation in this scheme again for the 2022 season! (If you partook in this rollercoaster ride of seed buying, you will understand where I’m coming from!) Kings Seeds offer a good range of very reasonably priced vegetable, herb and flower seeds, and give allotment societies a generous discount. If we collate a seed order between us that is worth more than £200 we will be able to pass on to you a 50% discount, give or take a £1.30 handling fee.  At the moment we only have one real paper catalogue between us, but I can obtain more if there is interest.  You can also view their full range on their website.

If you do decide to dip your toe in this lily pond of opportunity, please note that we are bringing forward the ordering date to November 15th , so that we can breathe during January, February and March.... we will not be able to guarantee any discount after November 15th .

If you would like more details as to how to order, please email or call at the hut, remembering that we will need to place your order on your behalf. 

 

Volunteers

Our team is now very much at skeleton level!  If you would like to put on weight by sharing some cake, and burn it off again immediately by heaving compost around, please make yourself known to us!

 

Compost

We now , once again, have Clover, Growell and John Innes composts, but have not been able to secure any deliveries of Peat Free Compost to date, because of both production and transportation issues.  We are aware that many gardeners are trying to avoid the use of peat, and we will be getting peat free compost as soon as we are able.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Compost Pricing Update

Please find below recent update from our main supplier:-

"Just to add a little more to this year’s challenge, the worst peat harvest in Northern Europe for 15 years, very heavy and dense peat, Environmental Legislation vastly reducing the amount of peat available in the Republic of Ireland and the global interruption of supply of coir, horticultural textiles and plant pots caused by the pandemic will result in us all going to have a roller coaster of a year"

 Compost Manufacturing Update

"Clover. Clover has stopped manufacturing Clover 75ltr Multi-purpose, 3 & 4 plant gro-bags and bales of peat. This is down to the weight/density of the peat and conserving peat socks for professional products. This situation is likely to continue until they can harvest some dry peat in hopefully June/July.  The 60ltr Clover Multi Purpose are still available.


Gro-Well. Due to the lack of availability of quality, fresh water washed coir, we have replaced the coir element in our multi purpose with Fibagro, a Professional Woodfibre Substrate.

This product will appear in a natural form because it is an unnecessary process to dye it brown. The advantages of Fibagro are that reduces nutrient leaching, provides an excellent nutrient base for good rooting and improved water holding capacity.

 

Price Increases

Nobody likes price increases but in the current climate they were going to happen. Unfortunately, the days of quality, cheap compost are over. We have kept increases to a minimum but cannot guarantee that these prices will not have to increase again as the cost of transport, manufacturing under Covid secure conditions and the availability of raw materials start to be reviewed by the manufacturers across the world"