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.
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: