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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

There is always a worry, when you ask for volunteers, that the weather will dampen their enthusiasm.

Maybe it was the chance to improve the environment, good company or the promise of cake. But, a little bit of rain didn't put off our volunteers.

So, this was day two of the Radbourne Walk enhancement plan. Simon had planned another wildflower meadow - this time at the Occupation Road end of the path. We also had plans to start the loggery. We know we have Stag-horn beetles on the allotments because one of our plot holders found their larvae in his compost bin.

On Saturday morning (1st February) a group of Northfield allotment plot holders and local residents got together to put a plan into action. Luck was with them because the sun shone - not a drop of rain fell all morning.

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