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What to do this Month - March


  1. Sow seed outdoors for beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip, spring and pickling onions, peas and perpetual spinach in well-prepared soil.
  2. Chit early and maincrop potatoes
  3. Sow seed indoors of marrows, courgettes, pumpkins and squash. Also sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, celeriac, salads and globe artichokes.
  4. Sow a seedbed of brassicas to provide transplants of sprouting broccoli, cauliflowers and cabbages for planting out in June or July.
  5. Try sowing unusual vegetables such as salsify, Hamburg parsley, or scorzonera.


  1. Liquid feed fruit trees in pots with a balanced feed every fortnight.
  2. Where possible, protect plum and pear flowers from frost but allow insects access for pollination.
  3. Ventilate strawberries under cloches and mulch with straw or mats.
  4. Deblossom strawberries planted after September in their first year to help establishment.
  5. Avoid using insecticides on crops in flower.

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



April 2017

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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