Compost delivery

There’ll be a large delivery of bagged manure and compost on December 14th. This is our main supply for sale from the Trading Hut and we’re ordering early because prices will rise sharply in 2013.

The compost sold in the Trading Hut is not only cheaper than in local stores but generally of better quality. It makes perfect sense to buy on-site and save yourself from lugging heavy bags from the garden centre to the allotment site.

We’ll need some help unloading the delivery on December 14th – please let Jan or Dave know if you are able to be there on the day.

Join us this Sunday for the Working Party

Please come and join the Woodhouse Allotments working party this Sunday, November 25th starting at 10.00am. We’ll be cutting back brambles and saplings and generally clearing up the communal areas around the site.

Soup and refreshments will be provided for volunteers, and we hope to be finished by 1.00pm. If you haven’t already signed up to help, you can meet the group at the Trading Hut at 10.00am on Sunday.


A place in history

Woodhouse Allotments features in a new book detailing the history of the area. Pauline Ashbridge’s The Fields of Friern. A Study of a North London Past began as a small study of the houses of Friern Park, but on discovering through her research that Cistercian monks had lived in Friern Barnet since the 16th century and the time of the Reformation, and owned substantial amounts of land in the borough, her book became much wider in scope.

Towards the end of the book, the allotment site and there is a photograph (left) looking across Plot 3  towards one of the oaks which were planted to mark the parish boundary.

The Fields Of Friern, by Pauline Ashbridge is available from Amazon and also from Waterstone’s in North Finchley.

Soil improver delivery

A delivery of soil improver to the site is scheduled for Friday December 7th. It should be ready for people to collect by mid-morning.

Between then and 12:00 midday on the Sunday, please will plotholders limit themselves to eight barrowfuls of soil improver only? It would be good if as many people as possible are able to take some of it.

After midday on Sunday, feel free to shovel up as much as you like – assuming there is any left.