Trading Hut open again

You may already have spotted the Hut now has a smart new noticeboard and postbox – the first of many improvements to the facilities and running of our shop.

We also now have our first stock in for 2021 of potatoes, spring-sowing alliums, compost, manure and seeds.

For the duration of the current COVID lockdown, the Trading Hut will not open at its traditional times; however, it will be open from 12 midday to 1.00pm on Sundays for you to collect any orders you have previously made. Order forms are available from the Trading Hut door.

Either post your order into the letter box on the Trading Hut door or email it to us. Prices for all items are posted on the new noticeboard outside the Trading Hut; prices for potatoes, onions, compost and manure are posted below as well.

Bonfire update for Jan-Mar 2021

Bonfires will be allowed on the following dates:

Saturday January 2nd and Sunday January 3rd

Saturday January 30th and Sunday January 31st

Saturday February 27th and Sunday February 28th

Saturday March 27th and Sunday March 28th

Please follow good practice when holding a bonfire – it really isn’t a question of burning everything on your plot as quickly as possible:

A good bonfire can be built using the wood in your pile to create a small teepee-shaped fire well away from any trees or structures.

Bonfires should be used for woody waste – anything leafy should be composted. Material for the bonfire should be as dry as possible before burning – wet stuff produces thick smoke. Please take care not to burn any plastics or anything other than wood. Anything non-compostable and not suitable for burning should be taken to the recycling centre at Summers Lane, which has now reopened on a book-in-advance basis.

All normal bonfire precautions should be taken, such as:

  • Checking before you light that no hedgehogs or other wildlife are living in the wood pile
  • Adding waste gradually to the fire and not allowing it to grow too big
  • Burning dry waste only – do not burn wet wood as this creates choking smoke
  • Not using petrol or any other kind of accelerant
  • Not leaving the fire unattended at any time
  • Ensuring that the fire is extinguished before you leave the site.

Bonfire update

During the pandemic, Woodhouse Allotments has suspended rules allowing bonfires on our site.

We now propose to allow our members to light bonfires from Thursday October 29th to Sunday November 1st, and then again on Saturday November 7th and 8th. This is to enable our members to dispose of the considerable amount of woody waste that cannot be easily composted or taken to the Recycling Centre that has bult up since February this year.

Our lease with Barnet Council allows bonfires between October and the end of March; however, out of recognition that many of our neighbours in roads surrounding the allotment site are now spending more at home than normal, and that we now have a primary school as a close neighbour, we banned all wood fires during March and from the beginning of October this year.

We have chosen this time to relax the ban to coincide with half-term and also the weekends either side of Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes night, when one might reasonably expect bonfires to be lit elsewhere, including in our neighbours’ own gardens.

Important: updates re coronavirus

March 26th, 2020

Updated instructions for visiting the allotment during the coronavirus outbreak

Dos and Don’ts

  1. The allotments are OPEN.
  2. Be careful when opening and closing the main allotment gates:
    1. Wear gloves to unlock the padlock.
    2. If possible, disinfect the gate and padlock before and after you use it.
    3. Use hand gel if you have it.
  3. The only people you may bring with you to the allotment site are other members of your household.
  4. Social distancing: keep a distance of at least 2 metres from anyone else at the allotment site.
  5. Do not loiter on paths or the roadway.
  6. If you or anyone that you live with is showing symptoms of coronavirus, DO NOT come to the allotments. STAY AWAY until you have completed your isolation period.
  7. If you see anyone not abiding by these guidelines, please contact a committee member.

The instructions above are for your own safety and also to protect those more vulnerable than you from infection.

General information

  1. The Trading Hut will remain closed until further notice. We will be continuing with our order and delivery service while stocks last.
  2. No further deliveries are currently scheduled.
  3. The water will stay OFF. The water tanks will be filled and topped up on a weekly basis. Members should collect rainwater on their plots where they can.
  4. Working parties between now and the end of May are cancelled.
  5. The plot inspections scheduled for April 4th-5th will be postponed.
  6. We will continue to carry out Health & Safety inspections on an ad hoc basis and we will get in touch if anything on your plot needs to be fixed or repaired.

There is further information on the noticeboards around the allotment site. Please read them and make sure you are familiar with all the guidelines re coronavirus.


AGM notice 2019

Don’t forget that the Woodhouse Allotments AGM takes place on Saturday April 6th at 3.00pm in the Scout Hut.

Do come along to find out how we’ve been looking after the site over the last year and what we plan to do in 2019. Come and have your say in our Allotment Society’s future.

Last year’s minutes, reports and documents for this years AGM can all be found in the members’ area on this site. They are also available to view in the Trading Hut.

Rent notices 2018

Rent Notices for the period 01 November 2018 to 31 October 2019 have now been prepared.

It would greatly assist the rent collection process and save us postage if members could collect their Rent Notice from the Trading Hut the weekend of 29/30 September between 12.00 and 14.00.

Produce Competition 2018

Thanks to all our members who came to the Annual Get Together and Produce Competition on Saturday and helped to make it such an enjoyable afternoon. Thanks also to those who brought food to share with fellow members – these are always delicious, and much appreciated by everyone. It’s a particular pleasure to be able to sample such a variety of beautiful dishes made from ingredients grown right here at Woodhouse Allotments.

Another highlight is of course the produce competition and this year again threw up some very worthy winners. The full results of the competition are given below, and I think we’d all like to know just what Margaret McNamara has been feeding that pumpkin with.



Heaviest pumpkin
1        Margaret McNamara                                            26.00kg
2        Ron Williams                                                        8.09kg
3        Graham Clark                                                      6.57kg

Heaviest tomato
1        Barbara Pountney                                                659g
2        Di Hayden                                                           536g
3        Isobel Glover                                                       503g

Heaviest potato
1        Di Hayden                                                           374g
2        Paul Young                                                           183g
3        Margaret McNamara                                            161g

Heaviest beetroot
1        Di Hayden                                                           2.04kg
2        Carrie Gibson                                                      1.03kg
3        Paul Young                                                           0.91kg

Heaviest marrow

1        Margaret McNamara                                            4.96kg
2        Paul Young                                                           3.78kg
3        Graham Clark                                                      1.02kg

Longest runner bean
1        Mark and Teresa Edwards                                    37cm
2        Barbara Pountney                                                34cm
3        Pam Dawson                                                        33cm

Longest carrot
1        Di Hayden                                                           19cm
2        Michael Evans                                                       16.5cm

Longest parsnip                                       
1        Christina Erskine                                                  36cm

Longest cucumber
1        Barbara Pountney                                                42cm
2        Pam Dawson                                                        24cm

Tallest sunflower
1        Muttalip Pektas                                                     3.07m
2        Amanda Swallow and David Pradelle                     2.67m
3        Michal Mankin                                                      2.63m

Most Unusual Fruit/Veg
Christina Erskine                                                           Speckled Swan squash

Most Attractive Basket of 5 Varieties
Lorna Murray


Working party Friday March 16th

We will be holding a working party this Friday, March 16th. Do come along if you can: meet at the Trading Hut at 11.00am. We should be finished by 1.00pm and we’ll have refreshments for attendees.

Bring secateurs, shears, a strimmer if you have one … we’ll be trimming communal areas, especially around the beekeeping area.