Becoming a HAHA member means you’re becoming part of a longstanding Tunbridge Wells institution. It was in 1895 that the “Marlpits allotments” were established on a hillside in the village of Hawkenbury. Then in 1933 five plot-holders met under the oak tree (still growing on the site and now our logo) to create the Hawkenbury Allotment Holders’ Association as a form of cooperative for the economical purchase of composts, seeds and so on.

Now HAHA membership is in the vicinity of 600 members and nearly 300 plots.  An elected Committee of volunteers administers the site, manages the Stores – now grown to a small business where birdseed is the most popular item –  and generally keeps the Association going strong.

Membership costs just £7 (£6 for seniors) per annum after an initial £7 (£6) joining fee.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Members receive bi-monthly newsletters online keeping them informed of coming events, gardening tips, special offers and items available for purchase in the Stores plus any other matters of interest.

  • Members are entitled to buy a good selection of seeds, tools, composts, bird seed, and a wide range of garden supplies at our Stores: in fact virtually all your gardening needs. Sales enable us to keep down the costs of plot rentals, so please use the Stores for all your gardening needs.

  • Members can apply to participate in the summer series of outings to a varied range of places of interest.

  • Occasional on-site events with a free barbecue for members.

Finally, members have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of ways to enable this flourishing Association to continue and to enjoy the social contacts of a welcoming group of people.

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