In September 2016 we received a letter from Pathways, our landlord, that it intended to build on 10% of the allotments. But, this week, Pathways officially informed us that it will now NOT be building on Northfield allotments. 

There has been a substantial changeover of trustees and a change in chief executive since the development was first announced. The new trustees feel that green space and allotments are important and so building on Northfields would not be the right thing to do. 
 
To officially know that the trustees have changed their decision to build on the allotments and understand the importance of green space is a wonderful result. As one plotholder put it: “I am awash with happiness at this news.”

I want to thank all of you for all the help and support you gave.

Northfield plotholders were always going to object because we’ve always known how valuable this green space is. It seems local residents and our politicians also felt it was valuable too and worth protecting. 

I believe that the public and cross-party political support was incredibly important. I’m sure it helped persuade the trustees that the allotments are loved by local residents – not just plot holders. 

Please let all your friends and neighbours know that the development will now NOT go ahead and do thank them for their support. 

Our summer open day is on Sunday 7thJuly - I do hope you’ll join us for tea and cake. The site should look at its best and I hope you’ll agree that it will be hard to imagine why anyone would want to cover it in concrete.

Christina Fox

Chair Ealing Dean Allotment Society

Come rain or shine every first Saturday of the month a group of volunteers helps us carry out essential maintenance jobs on the allotments. February's volunteer day was used to clear a neglected area of hedgerow at the Occupation Road end of the site. We cleared a section which had been taken over by a huge mile-a-minute vine. Digging out the roots and removing a massive bank of accummulated soil uncovered some treasure including old milks bottles from the Jobs Dairy on Leighton Road.

Northfields allotment February volunteer day

As we head towards some cold, wintry weather here are some memories of the glorious summer 2018 on the allotment. Most of us are already plotting and planning for the new growing season ahead of us.

Northfields allotments wildflowers

It's busy on the allotment this week as we prepare for the Halloween Pumpkin Trail on Saturday 27th October. See above for details.

Northfields allotment halloween

Here are the winners of the Northfields 2018 Allotment Awards in pictures.

Northfields allotment best 1st year plot

We have created two history videos for the allotments and surrounding area.

The first video is the "History of Northfield Allotments" or to give the allotments their earlier name Ealing Dean Common Allotments

None of us have an allotment to win awards - we just enjoy gardening and being outdoors on our plots growing the things we love.

However, the committee do feel it is good to commend those who tend their plots almost everyday.  Their time and effort shows in every cabbage, every strawberry and every flower…and that should be celebrated.  So this year, we asked one of the Haslemere committee to judge which plots should be celebrated as winners - the results are below:

EDAS open day - Award Winners

We know watching adults growing vegetables can sometimes be a bit boring. So, we thought a sunflower competition would make your time on the allotments more interesting.

We have chosen sunflowers because they can grow very, very tall.  They are also the perfect flowers for wildlife.  In the summer you can watch our allotment bees fly all the way from plot 230B to collect the nectar from your flowers to make honey.  In the autumn you’ll be able to see the birds feeding on the seeds.

Its easy to enter the competition:

Sunflow competition

Hi, We will be holding our monthly volunteer day on Saturday 5th March. Please come we have lots to do and a BBQ after . . .

We will be holding the first volunteer workday of 2016 on the 6th February. We will be continuing with the winter clean up of the Radbourne walk, the path that runs along side the allotment.

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