This strange year brought about a huge uplift in the demand for allotments – the need for fresh air and “legal” exercise, plus thoughts about food security were probably driving factors. The two site managers worked miracles and the waiting list is down from over 40 at the beginning of June to around 15.
We were lucky that the second seed swap held in conjunction with Greener Henley just beat the lockdown in March – it was another great success.
Lockdown meant the usual route of access to seeds for many was cut off – a seedling swap was hastily organised in April. Our “in-house” seed ordering system reached record targets this October!
Another casualty was the annual June plant sale in the market square. With (literally) vans full of plants sown and grown by plot holders specifically for this event, a hastily organised sale was arranged at the Watermans site, open only to HAA plot holders, and with full one-way system, social distancing and “cash only no change” policies in place. It was a huge success, raising over £400 on the day.