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.
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.
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:
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.