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Sunflower Competition 2016

Karen & Ella with their prize winning sunflower
Karen & Ella with their prize winning sunflower

The society sunflower record stands at a magnificent 9’11”. Do you have the secret ingredient to beat that? Start nurturing your seeds for some fun and friendly rivalry plus the chance to win a prize. 

To join in,  register your entry by 4th August. See below for how to enter. This year’s competition will be judged on 4th September and only costs 50 p

Rules are simple:-

  • Register at one of our coffee mornings in the club house or on-line below.
  • Please place your 50p entry fee in an envelope stating your name, plot number and which competition you are entering. Alternatively, pop your envelope through the letterbox of 1 Meadow Close, CT18 7PS. 
  • Sunflower must be grown from seed and rooted on your plot.
  • Plants can be supported, but not stretched!
  • Judging will take place on Sunday 4th September.

Why not register here now and pay later?

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Hawkinge House

We have been approached by the management of Hawkinge House requesting assistance with their small garden that is used as a recreational activity for some of their residents. Dawn, our Treasurer has been in contact with them and has suggested a programme for planting and maintenance. Now is the point where the work actually needs to be done. Initially they have asked if someone can come over this Friday afternoon at 2.30.  and Nick (our Chairman) has offered to help out,  however if anybody else can spare an hour on Friday afternoon they would be most welcome. We appreciate it is a bit short notice but the request has only come to us recently. Other dates they have suggested are Thursday 21st and 28th and Friday 29th. Thereafter during the summer assistance is asked for on a fortnighly basis. If you think you would like to help out then please email Nick or Dawn. Thank you.

NSALG – Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the National Allotment Society is now available on the link below. If you are a new member to the Hawkinge Allotment Society and have not visited the national site before, you will see that it contains lots of useful information and details of events occurring during the year.

NSALG Newsletter


Newsletter Spring 2016

The first newsletter of the year has now been published for society members and available on the link below. You will see that it contains lots of information for the year ahead and certainly worth a read to get you ready for the coming season. 

Manure and Grass Cutting

Our Site Manager has two important items that he wishes to bring to our members attention as follows …
1. Manure – As you have probably seen all 3 manure bins are now full. The manure in the middle bin is ready to be used, however, we do not want to uncover it whilst there is still so much heavy rain. If you need any manure please uncover the front of the pile, remove your manure and then recover.  Note .The first bin of manure is not ready for use and will be covered as soon as the weather permits. 
2. Grass cutting – Thank you to all those people who have signed up to cut the grass again this year. However, we do need more volunteers so that people only have to cut the grass once. Please drop me an email ( if you are able to help. Remember that we will have a nice new shiny red sit on mower for you to use.
Thank you for your co-operation.

2016 Events Calendar Including visit to Hyde Hall

Members please be aware that the full list of events for 2016 are now shown in the calendar. There is certainly something for everyone this year including the very popular RHS visit.
On Saturday 25th June 2016 we will visit Hyde Hall – After visiting Wisley for the last 2 years, it was agreed at the AGM to visit Hyde Hall this year. So we have provisionally booked this year’s trip for members,  their family and friends. The cost of the coach travel will depend on how many people come. If we can fill a 49 seat coach it will be between £13 and £15per person. Entrance to the gardens is free as part of the deal with our site insurance. However there is also a guided tour available for £3 per person.   If you’re interested in joining the trip, please email Dawn Wolley  ( with your name and number of people travelling by 31st March and also if you want to take the guided tour. A non refundable deposit will be required when we know we have enough people to make it viable.
Do check on the RHS web site (link opposite) for further details of Hyde Hall.

Hawkinge House – Help Wanted

Hawkinge House have asked if there are any of our members willing to help and advise them on planting and growing vegetables in their raised beds. This will involve helping to get them started with planting and the general maintenance as needed.  I envisage that once they are up and running some of the residents may have enough knowledge to take it forward. 

Are there any members willing to offer the odd couple of hours? If so please contact me ( and we can put together a plan. 

Hawkinge House have a number of very nice raised beds and a little greenhouse but the staff member who is responsible for this activity has virtually no knowledge of gardening. I have offered advice on what they can grow and what equipment/seeds etc they need to buy. The beds will be tended by the elderly and frail residents and the residents with Alzheimers.

Thank you, Dawn