Since its formation 60 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 from February through to November.
The club is open to 'Full' members who rent plots, and to 'Associate' members who are entitled to use the club shop. Full members must be resident in the AL5 postal area but there is no such restriction for Associates. There are around 200 plots available to rent over the six sites.
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.
Our plots however are available in a variety of sizes to suit the needs of modern day society. They range from full sized traditional plots, to half plots, and Mini Plots of varying sizes. For Mini plots a minimum charge applies. Most plots are now ‘half’ plots.
Membership of the club (for full and associate members) costs £3.50 per annum. In addition, for Full members, the rental cost for a plot is currently £3.60 per pole per annum (£3.00 per pole per annum at Riverside as there is no mains water supply). Therefore the maximum yearly cost is £39.50
There is a one off £15 Joining fee and a refundable Plot deposit of £40. For sites with keys, refundable deposits are payable for those too.
To enquire about renting an allotment and becoming a
member, please contact our Lettings Officers
Alison Springate or Kate Cowie to arrange a viewing:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
m: 07860 339009 or m: 07506 296408.