Ghosts and ghouls reign at Northfields Allotments’ Pumpkin Trail

PRESS RELEASE

31st October 2016

Ghosts and ghouls reign at Northfields Allotments’ Pumpkin Trail

On Saturday 29th October, Northfield Allotments’ Halloween Pumpkin Trail was visited by almost 2,000 brave local residents. This was the first time that the plotholders at Northfields Allotments on Northfield Avenue in West Ealing had opened up the gates and invited visitors to join them to celebrate Halloween. 

The pumpkin trail consisted of 150 carved pumpkins and led visitors through the allotments past witches’ grottos, scarecrows, cobwebs and many other spooky decorations. As darkness fell, the main path through the site was lit up with pumpkins.

Amongst other ghoulish treats, there were tasty homemade cakes, plants and produce, as well as a barbeque, hot soup and mulled wine. There was a raffle, tombola and yucky dip too.

The event was also attended by Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, and local councillors from both the Conservative and Labour parties.

Christina Fox, chairman of the Ealing Dean Allotment Society, said: “Our Halloween event was a fantastic success and we were delighted that almost 2,000 people from across Ealing were able to join us. It was a great opportunity for local residents to enjoy the many benefits that Northfields Allotments provide to the community.

“Northfields Allotments is an important historic site dating back to 1832 and a vital part of Ealing’s natural heritage. Everybody involved with the allotments is devastated that the landlord Pathways has designs to build on the site. Our Halloween event has again demonstrated how important the allotment is to the community here in Ealing and how valued our green spaces are by those who live in this built-up part of West London.”

Visitor comments included:

"It was really good. Children and us adults had lots of fun! People had put so much effort in to making it a lovely community affair. Well done to all involved!"

"We were so impressed with all the decorations and the cakes! Many thanks for all your efforts it was a great night!"

"It was really brilliant. Thanks to everyone who'd obviously made huge efforts. Please do it again!"

The plotholders at Northfields Allotments would also like to thank the many Ealing-based businesses who supported the event, including Cheddar Deli, the Drapers Arms, the Forester, Limeyard, Love Handmade, Marks & Spencer, the New Inn, Sainsburys, Tesco, Tiger and Wilkinsons.

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Notes to editors

For further information and images of Northfields Allotments, please contact:

Ian Burge
07789 515 881
ianrburge@gmail.com

About Northfields Allotments

At almost two hundred years old, Northfields Allotments is London's oldest allotment site. It dates back to 1832, when the Bishop of London enclosed the site for use as allotments by the local community. 

The allotment site on Northfield Avenue in Ealing is managed by the Ealing Dean Allotment Society (EDAS), which consists of allotment tenants. Pathways is the housing charity that currently holds the land in trust.

The original Ealing Dean allotments were much larger, with land on both sides of Northfield Avenue. However, thirty years ago the land to the west of Northfields Avenue was compulsorily purchased and built on. 

The Northfields Allotments site comprises the remaining 141 allotments on the eastern side which are fully rented, with 72 people currently on the waiting list.

In early September 2016, plotholders at Northfields Allotments were informed by Pathways that it intends to construct a new housing development on part of the allotment site, a proposal that plotholders and local residents are currently opposing.