Dates for your Diary

Please make a note of these upcoming events.

Working Parties Saturday 11th September and 2nd of October

Coffee Morning in aid of McMillan. Honey from our bees will be available to purchase and you can swop your produce with that made by other made by other plotholders, such as jam, chutney, etc. Saturday 25th September.

Final plot Inspections of the year Sunday 12th September in the afternoon

Virtual AGM To avoid having to gather too many people in one place we will be hosting this year’s AGM online via Zoom Thursday 30th September.

Full details of all these events will be made available by email and our social media accounts


National Allotment Week online talks

As part of National Allotment Week a number of online talks have been organised by the National Allotment Society.

Each talk will last around 90 mins and will include a Q and A session.

Monday 9th August
Practical Organic Growing by Anton Rosenfeld, Garden Organic

Tuesday 9th August Composting – Rod Weston, Carry on Composting

Wednesday 10th August No-dig plotting – Allan Cavill.

Thursday 11th August Water Harvesting on allotments, with climate change in mind- Neil Phillips, University of the West of England

Friday 12th August Allotments on a shoestring , Phil Gomersall

All of the above talks can be accessed via ZOOM video conferencing at 3pm each day. To obtain the zoom link mail indicating the talk/s you would like to attend.

BBQ and working party

Just to remind you that tomorrow’s working party will start at 10.00 am.

We will be doing a general tidy up around the site and hope to lay new wide-bore pipework around the site which should greatly reduce the time taken to fill the containers.

Volunteers should bring any strimmers or mowers they have and we will get the various paths really sorted.

Following the work you can enjoy a free barbecue from 1.00 pm onwards.

If you have any special dietary needs please bring your own food.

In addition Diana Hector will begin painting plot number signs for those without them. These will be bog standard unless you attend and make reasonable suggestions. You can request a flower decoration or maybe bring a watering can to be decorated. If you neighbour has no number do spread the word!

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Watch out the slugs are about

This bout of rain isn’t just a welcome sight for allotment growers. The slugs and snails too are relishing this wet weather and the chance get chomping away at our produce.

But before you scatter the slug pellets too liberally, it is worth remembering that only eight or nine of the more than 40 slug species in the UK are a nuisance

There’s a very interesting article in the Guardian on the subject including how to identify the most destructive types and how to cope with them.

It’s well worth a read >>

Eccup Moor Road closure

Now in its 28th year, the Abbey Runners’ Hollybank Eccup 10 is back on Sunday 27th June.

This will affect vehicle access to the allotments on Eccup Moor Road and the whole of Eccup Moor Road will be closed between 9.00am and 12.30pm (approx.) and Abbey Runners would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Advance warning signage is already in place at the entry points into the road closure area, and they intend to put a sign on the allotment gates this weekend explaining the situation.

Continue reading “Eccup Moor Road closure”

Plant sale

For the next few days, we are holding a plant sale in aid of the NSPCC.

A minimum contribution of 50 pence is all that is being requested and you can put your contribution in the collection box provided.

The plants are located in front of the newly refurbished container and we would ask you all to support this worthy cause.

Stephanie Hafferty

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