London’s oldest allotment to open gates for fourth annual Summer Open Day
Plotholders at London’s oldest allotment are giving visitors the opportunity to experience the capital’s horticultural heritage this summer as Northfields Allotments opens its gates for its fourth annual summer open day.
Submitted by Ian Burge on Tue, 28 Mar 2017 - 13:07.
Last night (Monday 27th March 2017) we took the campaign to save London’s oldest allotments to the bi-annual forum of the councillors of Walpole Ward in Ealing, the electoral ward where Northfields Allotments is located.
In a packed meeting that was greatly swelled by a large number of plotholders from the allotments, Ealing Dean Allotment Society chairwoman Christina Fox gave an impassioned speech as to why we so strongly opposed any further development on the site.
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.
If you've ever walked past the allotments and wondered what sort of people we are, this is for you. Now there are quite a few of us so as not to overwhelm you, we'll do it one by one. Going first is Francesca, Fran is also one of the brains behind the Halloween Pumpkin Walk on 29 October, so she a good person to start with.
Ealing Dean Allotments have 141 plots and, although we all look after our own plots, the Committee is responsible for the overall maintenance of the site, including the paths, fence and hedge surrounding the site.
To keep on top of this work, we have Volunteer mornings on the first Saturday of each month (except January!) where plot holders, people on the waiting list and interested locals come together to sort out whatever it is that needs doing.