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By childshill, Feb 23 2016 08:53AM

Barnet Allotment Federation have arranged a day trip to RHS Wisley, one of the great gardens of the world, with many model gardens giving design and cultivation ideas. The visit will be on 19 March when there is the Spring Plant Fair, where you can buy from specialist growers and nurseries.

Trip costs are £18 per person, covering coach travel and entrance. It is open to plot-holders, friends and family. To book your place send a deposit of £10 per person by 3 March (cheque only, made payable to Barnet Allotment Federation) to Mrs Burgin, 15 Burlington Rise, East Barnet, Herts, EN4 8NH. The remaining cost is payable on the day.

Departure will be at 9.30am from North Finchley on 19 March, returning around 5pm. Along with your cheque, please provide your:

* Name

* Allotment site

* Email address

* Let us know if you have RHS membership (so can enter for free)

Note: if we don’t have enough interest by 3 March we will cancel the trip, let you know and return deposits. Other than that, deposits are non-refundable. If you have any queries please email the Barnet Allotment Federation:


Kirsty Burgin

BAF Vice Chair

By childshill, Feb 17 2016 02:54PM

Child's Hill Allotment Society

Annual General Meeting 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the society will be held on Sunday 20 March 2016 at 2pm, in the hall of St Agnes RC Church, 35 Cricklewood Lane, NW2 1HR.

The main business of the meeting will be to receive and discuss the committee’s report on the society’s activities since the last AGM, to discuss and vote on motions submitted by the members and/or the committee, to elect the committee for 2016/2017, to receive the accounts for 2015 and to note the rent and other charges for 2017.

This letter is to notify you of the date of the meeting and to invite you

a) to submit motions for discussion


b) to nominate candidates for election to the committee.

The procedure for submitting motions and nominations are given below. They should be sent to the secretary by Saturday 2 March, via the shop letter box, in person if you see her on site, or by post or hand to 53A Nant Road, NW2 2AL. A nomination form has been emailed to all members and can be requested from

Submission of motions

Our constitution includes the rules for submitting a motion, as follows

• Motions must be sent in writing to the secretary twenty-one clear days before the meeting.

• Each motion must be accompanied by the name, address and signature of the member who is proposing it.

• A member’s request may be accompanied by a statement which shall not exceed 1000 words and this statement will be sent to all tenant members with the notice of the meeting.

Committee election

The committee consists of eight elected and two co-opted members. The members of the committee will appoint a chairman and other officers from among their number. Our constitution includes rules for the election, as follows:

• The chairman of the society shall act as returning officer.

• Tenant members may nominate themselves or other tenant members for election.

• Nominations must be proposed and seconded.

• Nominations must be countersigned by the nominee indicating their willingness to stand

• Nominations must be received in writing by the secretary at least twenty-one clear days before the meeting.

• If there are fewer nominations than vacancies, then all candidates are elected without a ballot.

• If there are more nominations than vacancies, there shall be a secret ballot using ballot papers prepared in advance by the secretary.

• The count shall be conducted by the chairman assisted by a minimum of two scrutineers.

Scrutineers shall be appointed by the meeting and must be neither candidates in the election nor members of the outgoing committee.

The closing date for submission of motions and committee nominations is Saturday 2 March.

The agenda and associated papers will be sent to you about a fortnight before the AGM, so that you will have plenty of time to consider any proposals prior to the meeting.

Felicity Drown, Chairman and Returning Officer 10 February 2015

By childshill, Dec 9 2015 02:08PM

Sow Wild! is a ‘citizen science’ project, investigating the effects of wildflowers upon pollinator numbers in urban environments, run by researchers at University of Sussex. They hope the results will tell them more about how best to look after pollinators in our gardens and allotments.

This is how the project works:

1) You register your interest by 12th Feb 2016 by signing up using the link below.

2) You are sent a project pack, which includes a pack of wildflowers and sampling equipment.

3) You sow the ‘Sow Wild!’ wildflower seeds in your allotment or garden in early April 2016.

4) You sample insects in the wildflower patch in summer, using pan traps, and send them back to us.

5) We let you know what is pollinating your garden or allotment!

6) You repeat the sampling in summer 2017.

Before you sign up, we ask that:

1)You live within the UK.

2)You have an allotment or garden of minimum 20 square metres with space for a 2x2m wildflower patch.

3)You can sow the seeds during April 2016.

4)You can participate in sampling in May, June, July, and August 2016 and 2017 (you just set the traps and collect them again 48 hours later. You also take a digital photograph of the wildflower patch at the same time).

5)You are able to cover packaging and postage of the samples back to the University at the end of summer (the total cost is expected to be around £3 - £4).

6)You are aware of the ‘pan trapping’ sampling method this project involves - please see details below.

If that all sounds good, you can register your interest here:

Or if you have any problems with the survey, email Janine directly:

We have a limited number of packs of wildflower seed and sampling equipment. I do hope that everyone that expresses an interest will be sent a pack, but it might be the case that there are more volunteers than packs available. I will contact you in March with full details.

Thank you for your interest in our project!

By childshill, Oct 5 2015 09:57AM

Hallo everyone! Hope you are enjoying the Indian Summer. Everything is ripenin, and all the hard work is paying off. It really is a fabulous time of year. But, don’t forget to tell me your news, please:


A bicycle has been abandoned by the side gate to the allotments. If someone does not claim it soon, the committee is likely to remove and dispose of it.


Want to know all about apples? Then you might be interested in the Apple Day on 17 October organised by Urban Harvest ( in London N4. The website has all the details. Another interesting organisation for those of us who have fruit trees on their plots is The Urban Orchard (


We’ve been so lucky this year. Here in Child’s Hill, blight did not hit until mid September. If your plants are suffering, you should remove them from the site, or burn them, immediately.


All plot holders are invited to a HARVEST TEA PARTY on Sunday 4th October, 3-5pm, at the community garden, lower car park. Please bring a sweet or savoury dish that you have made with your own produce.


If you are pruning your bay tree, keep some of the off-cuts. Bay leaves do not only add a herby taste to soups and stews but they are also useful for deterring infestations of moths in the home.


I have hollyhock seedlings, if anybody is interested. They should flower next summer. The colour is likely to be a shade of deep burgundy. Also, a few self-seeded verbena bonariensis, if anyone would like some mauve-blue shades on their plot. Contact:


Onions (radar and senshu) and garlic have arrived in the shop. You can plant them now. Seed company Thompson & Morgan suggests planting mint among the onions to confuse and deter onion fly.


Natives of tropical Asia and Africa, loved as pets by the Victorians, the ring-necked parakeet is now very at home in 21st century Barnet. These noisy flocks of parakeets that we once saw flying high in the sky above the rooftops of Barnet are descending lower and lower towards our crops. According to the RSPB, it is the UK's only naturalised parrot – and they eat practically anything. So beware…….


Thanks to all those who contributed courgettes recipes. You can find them on the CHAS website ( We’re now asking for your chutney and pickling recipes. Please send them to:


Several plot holders have spotted a green woodpecker at the allotments. So, keep your eyes open and you might be lucky enough to see this stunning-looking bird too. Just so you know what you are looking for, in the words of the RSPB, ‘It has a heavy-looking body, short tail and a strong, long bill. It is green on its upperparts with a paler belly, bright yellow rump and red on the top of its head. The black 'moustache' has a red centre in males. They have an undulating flight and a loud, laughing call.’ Green woodpeckers eat ants, so they are really very useful. You might see them on a grassy path, poking the ground with their beaks to extricate the ants.


Homeless Action in Barnet ( is a charity that provides meals for homeless people every lunchtime, Mon – Fri. They would welcome any surplus produce we have. You can take it there yourself, to HAB, 36B Woodhouse Road, N12 0RG, any time between 9am and 3pm (9-2pm on Thurs). Otherwise, bring it to the shop on a Sunday and I will deliver it myself.

If you know of other local charities that could use a random unpredictable supply of fruit and veg, please email me: