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. 
 
To officially know that the trustees have changed their decision to build on the allotments and understand the importance of green space is a wonderful result. As one plotholder put it: “I am awash with happiness at this news.”

I want to thank all of you for all the help and support you gave.

Northfield plotholders were always going to object because we’ve always known how valuable this green space is. It seems local residents and our politicians also felt it was valuable too and worth protecting. 

I believe that the public and cross-party political support was incredibly important. I’m sure it helped persuade the trustees that the allotments are loved by local residents – not just plot holders. 

Please let all your friends and neighbours know that the development will now NOT go ahead and do thank them for their support. 

Our summer open day is on Sunday 7thJuly - I do hope you’ll join us for tea and cake. The site should look at its best and I hope you’ll agree that it will be hard to imagine why anyone would want to cover it in concrete.

Christina Fox

Chair Ealing Dean Allotment Society

This is the third pump to be installed as a part of the allotment pump project. On plot 213 we chose a village style pump installed as a part of the project. The pump is now working and can be used by any plot holder as a water source. All water pumps need a brisk pumping action, a weak pushing of the handle will not be enough to maintain a good water flow.

Well, i can't always write about wells and pumps . . . so today i will write about a book i bought from 1937. I have a few old books on gardening/allotments which i bought because i was interested to see what was grown in years gone bye. The Gardener's Assistant by William Watson is a six volume set of books on Gardening which includes a section on allotments. There seems to be several editions of this set from 1900's onwards, i guess they are updated versions, they changed the cover etc. The book was edited not written by William Watson and the allotment section was written by G. T. Tinley.

1937 onions

This plot 164 has had a K3 semi rotary pump installed as a part of the Allotment pump project. The pump is now working and can be used by any plot holder as a water source. All water pumps need a brisk pumping action, a weak pushing of the handle will not be enough to maintain a good water flow.
You need to prime this pump with water to get it to work. To do this unscrew the metal cap on the top of the pipe work. Then use the glass bottle with water in it and pour the water into the top of the pump until it reaches the top, about half the bottle. Then re screw the metal cap and then move the handle back and forth NOT in a circular motion about five times. You will feel the pressure change and water will pour out.

Time flies so quickly... It seems like only last week that we had the April volunteer workday working on the Long Walk, the main path through the allotment.  
With over 15 people we made good progress with most of the path in the southern half of the site.  But that was April and its now virtually the start of May...

Our May volunteer day will be on Saturday 2nd May and this time we'll be working on patches of the Long Walk on the northern half of the site.  Some sections got attention last year, but still there are many areas with bumps and undulation that make it unpleasant in wet weather (and downright difficult with a loaded wheelbarrow!).

When: From 10 AM, Saturday 2nd May
Where: Meet at the double gate in the centre of the site (and right by the bus stops) - map below
Until: We usually go on till around 1PM when we'll stop for a barbeque lunch.

Installation work on this pump started in April 2105.The first thing i did was remove the very heavy concrete slab on top of the plot. It was then that i discovered that the well was half full of rubbish. The image right show the top of the well with the metal barrel construction damaged or bend over on purpose. Once i looked down into the well i could see a roll of carpet, soil and plastic flower pots.

Mr R. W. Weal was the tenant of plot 229 from 1946 until 1993 when his son Dennis Weal took over the plot. In the decades after WW2 a number of plot holders built their own wells as there was no mains water on the allotment until around 1995. Mr R Weal dug his well which is constructed of metal water tanks placed on top of each other with the bottom cut out. He also installed a K4 Semi-Rotary pump to extract the water.

Just as the EDAS committee is tackling management and maintenance problems on the allotments today, the committee set up in 1833 had to grapple with the issues of its day, gradually finding its way as it learned from experience. Fortunately, our committee does not have to deal with rent collection, the most pressing concern for our predecessors. But there is a clear parallel in getting to grip with letting the vacant plots. And do you have one of the "gravelly pieces"?

Ealing Dean Allotments Committee minutes 9 July 1835

We will be having the first official skip of the year for plot holders on Sat. 18th April.
The skip is for plot holders to use to remove rubbish from their plots. The previous skips were filled up very quickly, within the same day, so we recommend that you get your rubbish ready to put in on the Saturday. When the skip is full we will put a tarpaulin over it. Please DO NOT leave items beside the skip. We will be having another skip in a few months time.

** Update: The skip should be on-site by 10am on Saturday morning **

In 1858, fifty allotment tenants signed a petition requesting that they be allowed to work on Sunday morning, before 8 a.m. The Bishop of London, when agreeing to allow the allotments on Ealing Dean Common, made it a condition that no-one should work on the Lord's day. This left the plotholders little time to tend their plots after their work in the week.

Ealing Dean Allotments Sunday Working Petition Text

As usual, we will be running our volunteer day on the first Saturday of the month. The next volunteer day is Saturday 7th of March (starting at 10.00 am) when we will continue to work on the hedgerow. With your help last month we removed litter and rubbish from the hedgerow all along the right hand side of the main gate. Thanks again for your help, it's made a huge difference! This month we will be doing the same on the hedgerow along the left hand side of the main gate, we would love for you to join us.

Removing the litter and rubbish will improve the look of the site and improve wildlife habitat. We will be removing some of the fencing panels to get access to the mounds of bottles, cans and general rubbish that has accumulated over the years.

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