Summer is around the corner
Spring moves into Summer and long hours of daylight.
June is a really important growing month because of the extra daylight for photosynthesis. Our crops plants love it and so do the weeds!
News from our National Society
The latest news from the National Allotment Society is available online here:-
Their latest magazine is also available online here:-
Metaldehyde slug pellets soon to be banned -see page 8 of the above magazine or click on this link.
Field Stewards appointed (vacancy remains at Northfield Avenue)
The committee appointed the following stewards at its May meeting.
Northfield Avenue still has a vacancy for a steward. Contact us if you are interested.
Northfield Avenue– Harry Pope 07518 265286
Windmill Avenue– George White 01536 518097
Margaret Road– Tony and Sue Munt 01536 392 742 or 07804 686 105 or 07736 039 042
Margaret Road – Lee Farmer and Claire Wallis
Scott Road– Pat Mullins 07967 516625 and Chris Hulston 01536 519655 and Clive Thorley
Water barrels and IBCs for sale at Scott Road
We still have a few thousand litre IBC tanks for sale at £30 and some 210 litre blue plastic barrels for £5. Please email Russell if you are interested.
Cup Judges appointed
The committee has also appointed the judges for the Bridgstock Cup 2019. The judges will be inspecting the best plots in the summer.
Electrical Drama at Northfield Avenue
Over the late May Bank Holiday there were dramatic events at Northfield Avenue.
You may not be aware that there is a plot at Northfield Avenue with high voltage electrical cables running under it. This plot cannot be dug, it is near the secure container.
We were contacted by Western Power distribution (aka National Grid) that there was a fault. The fault was investigated. There are several cables running up this plot, then under the railway to the hospital, one had failed. The faulty cable was 1 metre underground under the secure container. They fetched a crane to move the container, dug a massive hole and then decided the faulty cable cannot be spliced to repair. Therefore a pole will be erected at each end of the plot and an overhead cable will be suspended to replace the faulty cable.
Projects for the year 2019-2020
The committee has agreed our priorities for the year ahead
Gates for Northfield – to be replaced and repaired
Remove 2 silver birch trees from Northfield Avenue that are shading plots
Gravel/stones for Margaret Road ridings
Continue purchase and re-sale of more IBCs – see above
purchase of mower for Northfield Avenue
install rainwater collection station at Scott Road in a location that is far from the nearest mains water tank. This will consist of several IBCs and roofing to collect rainwater for use by our members
consider the feasibility of toilet(s) starting with Scott Road. Committee to investigate the options and report back.
Free tomato plants
One of our members on Scott Road has grown too many tomato plants. They have approximately 400 seedlings to give away. They are on the Scott Road field and live very close to Scott Road
Please contact Christian on 07835 376 627
Waiting lists still growing
Our waiting lists are getting longer. If your plot is not fully cultivated, you may be contacted by your field steward to ask you to consider down-sizing so that someone on the waiting list can be allocated a plot.