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What to do this Month - May


  1. Sow French beans, runner beans, squash, cucumbers and pumpkin seeds directly into prepared beds outside. Be alert to late frosts (for which a covering of horticultural fleece should provide sufficient protection).
  2. After all risk of frost has passed, plant out tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins that were previously sown under cover.
  3. Other young plants can be planted out once conditions are suitable, and once they've been hardened off (acclimatised to the colder outdoor conditions) for 10 to 14 days.
  4. Earth up potatoes when the shoots are 23cm (9in) high, in order to prevent the new tubers going green. Earthing-up is the drawing up of soil around the stems of the plants, leaving just 5cm (2in) of shoot uncovered so that the plant has enough foliage to continue growing.
  5. Strings stretched along the tops of broad bean plants can support them, and prevent them flopping once pods develop.


  1. Pull off suckers appearing around the base of fruit trees.
  2. Water blueberries, cranberries and lingonberries when needed with rainwater, but use tap water when butts are empty.
  3. Make sure bees can access caged and cloched fruit flowers to ensure pollination.
  4. Plant out alpine strawberry seedlings sown in early spring.
  5. Keep a check on late frost forecasts and protect blossom as necessary.

These tips have been taken from the Royal Horticultural Society, Grow your own section. Full details can be seen at

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Below are a selection of resources to download. For more details, please contact Sue Hinton at DSH PR on 01252 408820.

Photo of committee taking over site on 13/11/2010- high res

Launch press release of 15/11/2010

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News Release

5th April 2017

Big Lottery Fund Facilitates Long-Term Parking Solution at Hook Cross Allotments

The Hook Allotment Association (HAA) has been awarded a grant of £9657 from the Big Lottery Fund towards a long-term parking solution. The funding support will allow the site to be enjoyed by allotmenteers from the local community all-year round.

Since March 2011 the HAA, a community interest company, has provided over 150 allotment plots, where people from Hook and the surrounding villages grow their own produce, and benefit from fresh air, the opportunity to connect with nature in a beautiful setting, get exercise, make friends and enjoy the company of other plot-holders. The HAA aspires for the site to be enjoyed all year round, but a boggy, rutted carpark has made it difficult at some times of the year for plot-holders to access the site. The money granted has allowed HAA to create a robust, safe, long-lasting track and parking area with approximately twenty-five car parking spaces.

The work to build the new track and car park began last week and was completed on Monday. Diana Whittaker, Chair of HAA said, “The grant from the Big Lottery Fund, together with money raised from plot rents, plant sales and other community fund-raising has enabled us to proceed with the site improvements immediately. Our new car-park will make a huge difference to our local community, enabling us to garden all-year round”.

Hook Allotments Association is open to all and welcomes applications from new would-be plot-holders. As well as providing access to an attractive, well-run community allotment site, the HAA hosts or supports a number of social events each year such as family barbecues and the Hook Flower & Produce Show (this year on Sunday, 10 September). If you would like to apply for an allotment, or come and see what we do, please visit the HAA website for details or email  .


Notes to editors

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Last year it awarded £583 million and supported around 12,000 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • Contacts for further information regarding this press release: Diana Whittaker email: / . Telephone: 07919530838







The benefits of having an allotment

There are lots of reasons to have an allotment.

  • Get a great sense of achievement from growing your own food
  • Have a healthier diet
  • Access to a cheap source and variety of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Can make you healthier, provide good exercise, help reduce your stress and blood pressure
  • Your food will have less contact with pesticides etc if you grow organically and generally tastes better than shop bought
  • An opportunity to spend time outside enjoying nature
  • It will increase your general well-being and give your mind something positive to focus on
  • A chance to escape the pressures of modern living
  • The opportunity to learn something new
  • Get a sense of community spirit and the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life in Hook making new friends and contacts
  • Finally, if you have children, it is great thing to do with them and show them where food comes from.


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Our Wassail on 19 January 2013 in our communal orchard



The HAA in the news

Listen to the clip

Click here to listen to interview on 15 April 2011 on BBC Radio Surrey with Pete Comley & Lindsay Donald.

Click here to listen to the interview with Pippa Greenwood & Pete Comley on the opening day (13th March 2011) on Dig it on BBC Radio Surrey.

Click here to listen to the previous interview with the HAA broadcast on Sunday 21 November 2010.

Have your say....

Here is a selection of the comments we've received:

"A fantastic achievement.
Congratulations to Pete and the team."
Antony Hunter, Hook Parish Council

"Brilliant. Good Luck... I am delighted that this piece of land will be used to great advantage by members of the Hook Allotments Association and that there will be a covenant in place preventing any sale to developers.." Jonathan Glen, Hampshire/ Hart Councillor.

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