In recent years there has been a real take up of allotments in St Albans and Harpenden. Not only can an allotment provide you and your family with some healthy fruit, vegetables and flowers at a very reasonable cost, allotment gardening is also a very sociable, healthy relaxing outdoor exercise.
Harpenden Town Council provides 15 sites for allotments throughout the Harpenden area. All the sites have a water supply and most have an adjoining car park. There are two allotment societies that administer the allotments on the Town Council’s behalf. One is East Harpenden Gardening Club and the other South Harpenden Allotments and Gardens Society.
East Harpenden gardening club manages 6 sites with around 200 plots. The Club’s Headquarters and Shop are at Holcroft Road (next to Batford Memorial Hall). The shop is usually well-stocked, with a wide variety of seeds, compost, fertiliser and more at very competitive prices than the high street. Information can be found on their website www.ehgc.org
South Harpenden allotments and gardens society manages over 400 plots on 8 sites across the Town). More information can be found on their website www.shallotments.weebly.com. Their shop is located on the Piggottshill site in Dark Lane, Harpenden. It also stocks a wide range of seeds, compost and fertiliser. If you are a member of Harpenden Horticultural Society you can also use the shop if you present your HHS membership card.
In both Harpenden allotment societies there is a great opportunity to make friends with others of a similar interest regardless of background and age in your community! In the societies there is a real wealth of help, support and advice that new plot holders may seek from experienced plot holders if required. The benefits of allotment gardening are excellent value and are so much better than just watching gardening programmes!