The objectives of the Haswell Allotment Association is:
- To work with the Local Authority and other agencies to improve the site at Haswell Avenue, Hartlepool.
- To help plot holders learn about and practice good horticultural techniques and foster good social relationships with each other and the local community. As a result the health, knowledge and education of plot holders is enhanced and the environmental appearance of the site is improved.
- To work with and assist school pupils and teachers in the cultivation of thier dedicated plot on the site and teach the pupils good horticultural practices and explain the benfits of organic home grown fruit and vegetables.
- To also assist with the newly constructed environmental pond on the site specifcally used by the school pupils to study wildlife and biodiversity in the recently aquired pond dipping cabin.
Over the past few years, the site has had numerous break-ins, thefts and vandalism, including a serious arson attack in 2014. This resulted in several sheds and greenhouses being destroyed, leaving elderly plot holders devastated.
The Security initiative includes putting up and maintaining sensor security lights and cameras within the site. This will deter anti-social behaviour. It will also protect the interests of the school plot, cabin, pond and their own secure storage container, where garden machinery is kept overnight.