Events

2020
AGM : 12th March 2020

Carolyn Rothwell from Horticap gave an entertaining and informative short talk on the work of Horticap, its development and work in the community. A selection of plants from Horticap to encourage ground cover for invertebrates and provide food for bees at a time when their food supply is scarce, was sold in the interval.

2019

Picnic-on-the-Plot: 31st August 2019 from 12.00 noon

Our 2019 picnic was a rather wet affair as the heavens opened right on cue at 12 noon.  Some hardy stalwarts stayed around until it stopped and it was lovely to welcome to the site some people who are on our waiting list.

Harrogate & District Allotment Federation Annual Show

11. 00 - 16.00 on 18th August 2019 in the Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens

The 59th HDAF Allotment Show included over 600 exhibits - prize crops, flowers and cakes - from plot holders, associate members and their children from sites across the Harrogate District. Harlow Hill was again very well represented with 17 exhibitors - many more than from other sites.

 

The Harlow Hill Tombola stall raised £381.  Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes and particularly to those who helped with the stall on the day.   The Show is a charity event, with all funds raised this year going to Henshaws Arts and Craft Centre in Knaresborough to support their horticultural activities. All the left over produce was donated to Harrogate Waste Not, Want Not.

Ruth Wickens made an amazing cake and won the trophy for best exhibit in Cakes.  Ruth also shared the trophy for most points in Cakes & Preserves.  Effie Wickens won the Harlow Hill Junior Cup and Angela Dicken won the Margolis Trophy.  Well done to everyone who entered. 

Plant Sale 18th May 2019 and Open Day 3rd August 2019

Our plant sale raised £160 to share between  Harrogate Homeless and Horticap.  A beautiful sunny day on 3rd August saw lots of visitors to Harlow Hill Allotments and a further £140 raised for our two charities.

AGM: 21st March 2019

Our 2019 AGM started with an interesting talk on fruit growing by Rob Gooderidge from Ripon Walled Garden.

Here are some of Rob's tips:

  • Grow for flavour e.g. Royal Sovereign strawberries, Concorde or Conference pears.

  • Only water acid-loving blueberries with rain water.

  • Use trained forms of fruit on the allotment e.g. cordons, espaliers, fans.  These are pruned in the summer.

  • Cox's Orange Pippin apples don't do well in the North.  Ribston Pippins do much better.

Harrogate in Bloom Awards Ceremony 23rd September 2018

Harlow Hill Allotment Association was presented with the President's Trophy at the Harrogate in Bloom Awards Ceremony for our work with the local community, including our donation of £280 from our Open Day to Harrogate Homeless Project and Horticap, providing a work experience day for students from Rossett School, our donations to Harrogate Waste Not, Want Not and our links with a group of parents who are home-schooling their children.  Ian Clarke received the award from the Mayor, Councillor Bernard Bateman.

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2018

Harrogate & District Allotment Federation Annual Show

11. 00 - 16.00 on 19th August 2018 in the Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens

The 58th HDAF Allotment Show included over 450 exhibits - prize crops, flowers and cakes - from plot holders, associate members and their children from sites across the Harrogate District. Harlow Hill was very well represented, as always, with 17 exhibitors - many more than from other sites.

 

The Harlow Hill Tombola stall raised £320.  Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes and particularly to those who helped with the stall on the day.   The Show is a charity event, with all funds raised this year going to The Forest School in Knaresborough to support their horticultural activities. All the left over produce was donated to Harrogate Waste Not, Want Not.

Picnic-on-the-Plot: 11th August 2018 from 12.00 noon

A sunny lunchtime saw about 25 people come together for our annual picnic-on-the-plot to talk about their gardening successes and challenges and share some food.  Graeme and Fiona brought some jars of Harlow Hill honey to sell and a good time was had by all.  The recipe for Justine & Peter's lovely courgette & lime cake can be found in the Members' Area via the 'Recipes' button.

Open Day: 10.00 - 13.00 on 16th June 2018

Our Open Day provided an opportunity for the local community to look around the allotment site.  There was a Plant sale, Cake and Produce Stall, Refreshments and Children's Activities. £280 was raised for Horticap and The Harrogate Homeless Project.

AGM : 22nd March 2018

Our Annual General Meeting started with an informative talk by Joe Lofthouse, Kitchen Gardener at RHS Harlow Carr.

Here are Joe's ten top vegetable varieties:

              Pea  -  Tendrilla

              Courgette - Green tiger

              Runner bean  -  Hestia

              Kale  -  Nero di toscana

              Butternut Squash  -  Barbara

              Cucumber - Carmen

              Globe artichoke  -  Concerto

              Leek  -  Musselburgh

              Tomato  -  Shirley

              Beetroot  -  Bolthardy