Since its formation over 50 years ago East Harpenden Gardening Club has managed six allotment sites in the Batford area of Harpenden in close co-operation with Harpenden Town Council. The main purpose of the club was to encourage an interest in growing vegetables and healthy eating, as well as promoting exercise and providing an opportunity to meet other people with similar interests. This continues today and we have a thriving membership of people of all ages and walks of life.
In addition the club runs a shop at our Holcroft Road site for members only. The shop is open every Sunday from 10am to 12noon.
The club is open to 'full' members who rent plots, and to 'associate' members who are entitled to use the club shop only. Full members must be resident in the AL5 postal area but there is no such restriction for associates. We currently have 140 full, and 45 associate members.
The club is affiliated with the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners.
An allotment is traditionally measured in poles, an old measurement dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. 10 poles is the accepted size of an allotment, the equivalent of 250 square metres or about the size of a doubles tennis court. This is the area that is recommended as being sufficient for a family of four to become self sufficient in terms of fresh produce including fruit, vegetables.
Membership of the club (for full and associate members) costs £3 per annum. In addition, for full members, the rental cost for a plot is £3.20 per pole per annum (£2.35 per pole per annum at Riverside because there is no water). For sites with a key, a refundable deposit of £12 is requested.
Most of our plots are around 5 poles (approximately 150 sq yards), in which case the rental would be £19 per annum.