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Northfield Allotments Halloween Open Day 2016
It’s been nearly a month since the Halloween Pumpkin Walk and we’ve all recovered enough to talk about it.

We all did a huge amount of preparation for this, especially Dominic and Fran: there were 150 pumpkins to be carved, plots to be decorated, witches caves to be built, preserves and cakes to be made, the lucky and yucky dips to assemble and lights to put up.

At 3pm, we opened our gates and it seemed that all of Ealing came to visit us, nearly 2,000 people in all.

Northfield Allotments Halloween Open Day 2016

Why not visit London's oldest surviving allotments - here in Ealing W13?

Northfield Allotments in Northfield Avenue, Ealing is opening its gates again for its second annual open day on Saturday 25th June from 1pm-5pm.

Entrance is FREE.

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Ealing Dean Allotment Society Open Day 2016

Looking around the allotments there are so many rows of veg with the promise of tastey sweetcorn and delicious tomatoes. But, for me, the best thing about having an allotment is growing flowers. 

Ealing Dean - Northfields allotment cut flowers

Saturday 7th February was our first work day of the new year and the first day of our new project to sort out the hedgerow that encloses the allotments. It's a long long time since the hedgerow had been cleared and it was clear to see that a lot of rubbish and other things had accumulated over the years. What better way to start the year than a spring clean? As ever, the work was easier thanks to a bunch of volunteers both allotment holders and other members of the local community.

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

Our local council is Ealing... and they have recently launched a new website to encourage local residents to volunteer. 

The site was launched last week and Simon and I were asked to do a short talk to explain our project - the Radbourne Walk.

Simon and Christine - Ealing Dean Allotment Society

Why does Santa need three allotments?

wheelbarrow in winter - Ealing allotments

So my alarn goes off at 8.00 on Saturday morning and any sensible person would have rolled over and gone back to sleep. But I drag myself out of bed and look out the window....all I can see is frost.

Frosty morning in Ealing Dean Allotments

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.
 

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