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.
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.
March 26th, 2020
Updated instructions for visiting the allotment during the coronavirus outbreak
Dos and Don’ts
- The allotments are OPEN.
- Be careful when opening and closing the main allotment gates:
- Wear gloves to unlock the padlock.
- If possible, disinfect the gate and padlock before and after you use it.
- Use hand gel if you have it.
- The only people you may bring with you to the allotment site are other members of your household.
- Social distancing: keep a distance of at least 2 metres from anyone else at the allotment site.
- Do not loiter on paths or the roadway.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Trading Hut will remain closed until further notice. We will be continuing with our order and delivery service while stocks last.
- No further deliveries are currently scheduled.
- 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.
- Working parties between now and the end of May are cancelled.
- The plot inspections scheduled for April 4th-5th will be postponed.
- 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.
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.
Saturday October 6th: No working party this afternoon due to bad weather. Apologies for short notice.
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.
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.
1 Margaret McNamara 26.00kg
2 Ron Williams 8.09kg
3 Graham Clark 6.57kg
1 Barbara Pountney 659g
2 Di Hayden 536g
3 Isobel Glover 503g
1 Di Hayden 374g
2 Paul Young 183g
3 Margaret McNamara 161g
1 Di Hayden 2.04kg
2 Carrie Gibson 1.03kg
3 Paul Young 0.91kg
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
1 Di Hayden 19cm
2 Michael Evans 16.5cm
1 Christina Erskine 36cm
1 Barbara Pountney 42cm
2 Pam Dawson 24cm
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
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.
The 2018 Annual General Meeting for Woodhouse Allotments will take place on Saturday March 17th, at the Scout Hut in Grove Road (about 100 yards away from the entrance to the allotment site), starting at 3.00pm.
The agenda and reports from the officers of the Society are available in the members’ area on this website.
The AGM is open to all members of Woodhouse Allotments and we’d really like to see as many people as possible attend the AGM. This is your opportunity to hear how the Society has been managed over the last year and what we propose to do over the next 12 months. It also gives you a chance to have your say in matters of site management. Important items such as changes to the ways in which your rent is charged were voted on last year; this year we have a number of proposals to put to the membership.
The Annual General Meeting for Woodhouse Allotments will take place on Saturday April 22nd.
It’s important for all members to attend if they can: the AGM is your chance to find out exactly how the allotment services are run and to help shape the future of the Allotment society.
Full details for the AGM are available on the noticeboards and also in the members’ section on this site.