December 2020 Follow the Plot

2020 – Alwoodley Allotments

December 2020

Follow The Plot

editor Graham Smith


Follow the Plot, Christmas 2020

Welcome to the Christmas Issue Issue of Follow the Plot, the online newsletter of Alwoodley Allotment Society.

This is not just the final newsletter of 2020 but the last until March 2020 when the allotment year begins in earnest.

Looking back on 2020 it’s difficult to take any real positives other than reflect on how fortunate we are to have an allotment.

The health benefits, both physical and mental have been well documented and I know that for many working the allotment has been their only real chance of getting out into the fresh air and engaging in some socially distanced interaction with others.

So let us all enjoy what this limited Christmas has to offer and look forward to better times in 2020.

Merry Christmas everyone, keep safe and well.
Happy allotmenting
2020’s Musings




My first year as Chair has been an eventful one to say the least.  I wish to thank everyone who has helped keep the site up and running during this unparalleled time.  Allotments across the country have battled to stay open, including ours.

All of our plans for working parties were postponed during this pandemic.  We did manage to squeeze in some bird boxes in February and again in October. The fruit trees Derek planted, now decorate every corner of the field.  Our plans for a wild bed will commence in 2021.
Read more>>


Jobs for January

Although it’s not quite January yet, it’s worth looking forward to what is probably the coldest period of the winter and taking the time to look over the allotment and prioritise the jobs for the month.

Top of the list has to be clean up the plot and dispose of all of the damaged and rotten crops. Don’t worry too much about soil preparations for now just concentrate on clearing the way for a February blitz; weather permitting of course.
Read the full article >>


Money saving offers from the NAS
As a result of the lockdown on visits to garden centres and nurseries there are some terrific bargains to be had as suppliers try desperately to offload unsold stock.
Start saving here >>

Sow a row to feed Leeds

Feed Leeds is a network of individuals and organisations working in partnership to support local food growing (at home, in allotments, at schools, in community projects or commercially) for its social, economic, environmental and health benefits, and to promote healthy, sustainable and affordable food in Leeds.

Most of us grow from seed and we are asking that you grow some extra seedlings for people who need a bit of help to get them started?



Fundraising the easy way

We’ve registered with easyfundraising and we need your help!

easyfundraising is a great website where you can help Alwoodley Allotments raise funds simply by doing your everyday online shopping with over 3,600 big name retailers.

Firstly, register and indicate you want to support Alwoodley Allotments



A gentle reminder to lock the gates

Please, remember to lock the gates after entering and leaving the site.  For a number of reasons we adopted this approach when the site was opened and in these anxious times it is even more important to keep unwanted visitors off the site.
Also remember to set the padlock to 0000,face-side up.

Nest boxes

As you may recall, in late December 2019 Martin Calvert, from Friends of Gledhow Valley, installed two nest boxes on our site and one a few metres away on the Hope Pastures horse shelter.
Read more>>

Recycling Christmas waste


Imagine – it’s mid-afternoon, 25th December. You’re slumped on the sofa surrounded by kith, kin (Covid permitting) and a mountain of rubbish. 

So what can you do with all that rubbish? You can recycle and reuse it, that’s what!
Read the full article >>



Membership update


As we end the year it is worth giving an update on the current situation regarding occupancy levels.

In all we have 72 occupied plots on the site with 26 people on the waiting list. 

Read the full article>>


Grow your own
The RHS Grow Your Own app is full of down-to-earth advice to help everyone grow fresh, healthy fruit, vegetables and herbs .
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