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.
Here are a series of Maps of Ealing Dean from 1741 to 1865. The earlier maps show Ealing Dean Common and after 1832 they show the Parish Allotments which are were know as Ealing Dean Common allotments, then later Ealing Dean Allotments and more commonly these days Northfileds Allotments.
We thought a lot about what it should contain and in the end we decided on the day's newspaper, a letter about our daily lives, photos, an Argos catalogue, a tin of beans, some pictures drawn by 5 year old Marianne, a copy of Macbeth, maps of the local area, some seeds, a receipt showing the price of milk and bread, some Frozen stickers, a set of recent coins and
The people of Ealing are a curious bunch. At our first ever open day so many people said to me that they had often walked past the allotments and wondered what they were like inside. The assumption was that there would be row upon row of vegetables tended by a wizened old retired guy drinking tea from his flask. Of course, we do have a few of those, but we also have lots of young families and people who grow flowers.
Saturday the 7th of November is the next Volunteer Day. We will be continuing the improvement of the grass along the ‘Long Walk’, the path that runs the length of the allotment. We will also be removing rubbish from a bank of soil from the main path. Food, hot drinks and water will all be provided.