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I have always been interested in history whatever the topic and these days my attention is on allotments and vegetable growing. During my history research on the Northfields allotment i found a good quality aerial photograph of the allotments taken in 1945. I also noticed on that image that 50% of Lammas park had been turned into allotments.

I had heard from some plot holders that the Hawthorn bushes that surround the Northfield allotments were protected. Vic the former maintenance guy told me recently that when he was cutting the hedge years ago a man from the council stopped him and told him it was protected.

Last night thirty plot holders turned up for the inaugural AGM of the Ealing Dean Allotment Society. We did a bit of tweaking to the proposed constitution and then we took a vote. Everyone was in favour of the new constitution - no one voted against and there were no abstentions.

I have a favourite TV programme - it's called DIY SOS. They help people who have become overwhelmed with the task of extending their home. Some poor soul works every weekend, every evening, every spare moment - but the building work never seems to be finished. Then maybe illness slows them down and it all grinds to a halt. At DIY SOS they bring expertise - but importantly they throw a lot of people at the problem. 
 
So, today was day-two on plot 243. 
 
On day-one we used brush cutters and strimmers, today it was rakes and a box of matches.
 

We have a plot - unloved and neglected - in the corner of the site. It has been left unused for a long time and the longer it is left the worse it will get. It's really sad because it is a great plot, the soil is good and there are even some raised beds. There are two fruit trees, raspberries, holly for a Christmas wreath, and you can see bulbs pushing through the soil. It is close to a gate and water - what more could you want.
 

The winter Solstice is today Saturday, December 21. Although we often think as the Solstice as the whole day it will officially happen for those of us in London at 17:11. If you want to know when it happens where you live, the times are here.

The next plot holder meeting will be the inaugural AGM of the Ealing Dean Allotment Society:
 
Tuesday 14th January 2014
Start time 19.30
The Main Hall,
Northfields Community Centre,
71a Northcroft Road,
Ealing,
W13 9SS.
 
 

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