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.
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.
No bonfires are to be held on site for the moment until further notice.
We have received a number of complaints recently from neighbouring residents about bonfire smoke. Given the current concern about the respiratory difficulties associated with coronavirus we think a temporary ban on bonfires is an appropriate measure to take.
There may have been a comparatively high number of bonfires just recently as the weather – at last! – dries up a little. It’s also possible that our bonfires are very smoky at present as the wood and green waste is inevitably quite damp.
Please take any waste that would otherwise be burnt to the recycling centre in Summers lane or compost it on your plot.
The AGM, which was scheduled for Saturday April 4th, will be postponed until later this year. Ideally at a time when we can hold it outdoors, but we do not yet have a rearranged date. This is in response to the latest guidelines on checking the spread of coronavirus.
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