East Barnet Allotment & Gardens Association


Just to let you know that your order for potatoes (Kings) has arrived. They may be collected from the Trading Hut when open. I will be there next Saturday (8th) for an hour or so from 10.30.

The Trading Hut will not necessarily be open at the weekends from now until sometime in early Spring. If you have any queries, please contact George or Pat. Contact details are displayed on the Trading Hut door.

The seed orders have now arrived. There will be someone at the Shed this coming Saturday ( 7th December until midday) if you wish to pick them up.

The water has now been turned off for the winter. A "Portaloo" has been located in the Park Road car park.

Produce Show
Fine weather and a good turnout really helped to make our 2019 Produce Show a great success. Thank you to all of you who took the trouble to enter your lovingly grown produce so it could be scrutinized by our judge, Isobel. There were many individual winners in the various categories but special mention should be made of the MAMMOTH pumpkin grown by Fergus Comrie - I think it was probably the biggest one so far. It should produce a good few gallons of soup! The "Best in Show" cup, awarded for the highest overall score, was won by Sue and Rob. It will be gracing their mantelpiece for another year. Congratulations to you both. Trophies for the best plots were awarded as follows : Best Newcomer, Paul Stringer, Plot 151b; Best Half Plot, Nicoletta Charalambous,plot 148a; Best Plot, Graham Fletcher plot 9. Well done to all of you! Thank you to those of you who donated scones and cakes and everyone who helped on the day.

We are really looking forward to seeing all of your recipes. It would be very helpful to have them before Christmas.

Apple Pressing
It has been a bumper year for apples. If you have more than you can eat or know where to find a good supply and would like to try your hand at using our equipment and making some apple juice, it will be available for your use on Saturday, 21st September and Monday, 23rd September. (other dates may be available) Somebody will be on hand to show you how to use the equipment. You will need to supply yourself with some glass screw-top bottles so that your juice can be pasteurized. It will then be good to drink for at least one year. If you use plastic bottles, they can be frozen. Half a wheelbarrow of apples would make about 8 bottles, Let me know asap if you would like to make some juice.

Missing Equipment
Up until fairly recently the Trading Hut had a good supply of shovels. These were for plotholders' use when we had deliveries of manure. We now have none. Please check to make sure you haven't inadvertently left one behind on your plot. Please also remember to return wheelbarrows after use. It is very unhelpful to keep them on your plot for your exclusive use.

This year's BBQ was enjoyed by about 180 people, the biggest crowd to date. Yet again, the weather was perfect and Sherif and his crew did us proud. They worked very hard all day and the results were delicious. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the day a thoroughly enjoyable event.

We won! Well, to be more precise, we won the title of the best extra large site. There were six other sites in this category so it was a real achievement. I know that many of you made an extra effort to make your plots and paths tidy - so thank you. We also shared first prize for the Ted Green Memorial Cup. This is awarded for outstanding community initiative by an allotment society. As you know, our raised beds are already in use by FIN and The North London Saturday Club. We have also recently let a plot to Your Choice, Barnet. They offer care and support to adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities. They have already made great strides in improving the plot and they have also helped us by tidying up the car-park and the Park Rd drive. We look forward to a rewarding partnership with all of these groups. We will be presented with the awards at a BAF meeting later in the year and we'll have the silverware on display in the Hut. Please feel free to come and view them.

We have become aware that some of our plotholders are not familiar with the "sharing table". If you find yourself with more produce than you can use or give to friends and family, please leave it on the table outside the Trading Hut so that other plotholders can help themselves. This also applies to excess seedlings etc.

We would like to thank those of you who came along to the AGM on 24th March. Derek White has stepped down from the Committee after many years of service, including several as the Treasurer. We would like thank him for all of his hard work.

Graham Fletcher, our Lettings Officer, announced that, at this time, we have 1 vacant plot and 8 people on the waiting list. In his Chairman's statement, George reported on the various maintenance tasks completed over the past year including repairs to the toilets, removal of asbestos from the site and a fair amount of tree work. We also upgraded the facilities outside the Trading Hut, fitting new sinks, draining boards and a water heater.

It was also reported that all of our social events over the previous year had been very successful and had been very well attended. The Committee are looking into the feasibility building our own community hall which would give us a year round meeting place, new toilets and proper kitchen facilities. We will be hoping raise finance by applying for some of the various grants that may be available. We would also take this opportunity to remind you that your annual Rent will be increasing by £10 per full plot this coming October.

Pellets and liquids that contain the compound metaldehyde, widely used to control slugs and snails, will disappear from garden retailers this coming summer. The Government made this decision based on advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides and the Health and Safety Executive. 

It was decided that metaldehyde poses "an unacceptable risk" to birds and mammals. You will be able to use up any pellets you hold personally, should you wish to do so. 

We will be stocking alternative controls; probably those based on ferric phosphate, but we will be removing our existing stocks from June.

Whilst our present rules allow plot holders to have bonfires at any time during the winter months, we do ask you to be considerate to fellow plot holders and to our neighbours. Do not burn green waste that could and should be composted.

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