News from National Allotment Society

Please find attached a link to the NAS Newsletter.

http://mailchi.mp/nsalg/news-from-the-national-allotment-society?e=e4a3ca1a56

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Helpers needed for our stall at the Nunhead Cemetery Open Day 20th May

Hello,

Helpers Needed!

We need some helping hands at the Stuart Road Allotment Stall at the Nunhead Cemetery Open Day. The stall raises money for the Social Fund – which funds the annual BBQ and RHS coach trips.

We would love to have some volunteers and helping hands for the day – even for an hour, it would be a great, great help.The Open Day is brilliant, and helping with the stall is a hoot. It would be great to see you there.

If you are interested, or would like to find out more, please email stuartroadallotmentsociety@gmail.com with your contact details and availability  – and we will contact you with details about the day.

The Nunhead Cemetery Open Day is being held on Saturday 20th May, and runs from 11am to 5pm.

ANOTHER CALL FOR Plant and Seedling Donations

All happily accepted!

If you have any excess seedlings and plants, the Social Committee are happy to accept donations, so we can sell on at the Nunhead Cemetery Open Day on the 20th May. This sale raises money for the Annual Allotment Summer BBQ and the RHS bus trips.

If you do have any, and if Richard isn’t around, please drop them into Polytunnel 2 (the polytunnel on the right). There is a little sign indicating where the donated plants can be dropped off.  Please don’t forget to identify the plants you are donating!

General sales of seedlings from the polytunnel starts in earnest after the Cemetery Open Day.

New Zealand Flatworm

It has been advised that New Zealand Flatworms have been found on the allotment. Please find information regarding invasive flatworms below. This has been taken from the RHS website:

  • New Zealand flatworm and Australian flatworm: they have been established in Britain for more than 40 years and are causing concern as they feed exclusively on earthworms. In some parts of Britain and Ireland they have reduced the earthworm population to very low levels, with consequent adverse effects on soil quality and the native animals that also prey on earthworms. The New Zealand flatworm is mainly found in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England while Australian flatworm is most frequent in south west England

ACTION: Gardeners who have either species of flatworms should avoid moving soil, compost or rooted plants from their gardens to other areas that are currently free of flatworms.

Additional information can be found on the Open Air Laboratories website – as they are hosting a survey on their distribution.

https://www.opalexplorenature.org/nzflatworm

The advice sheet is also attached:

New Zealand Flatworm Advice Sheet

 

Southwark Master Gardeners – call for volunteers in Southwark

Induction days 23 and 24 April. If you’re interested, please download the documents below for contact details.

Master Gardeners are volunteers managed by Garden Organic offering food growing advice and support. They don’t offer a gardening service. Participation for all is free.

2016 Become a Southwark MGMaster Gardener volunteer role and network summary Southwark (1)

Master Gardener volunteer role and network summary Southwark (1)

Waiting List Closed for 2017

The Waiting List for the Stuart Road Allotments is now closed.

A decision is made each year, at the Annual AGM, regarding the Waiting List.

Generally, the Allotment Committee re-opens the Waiting List when the number of people dropss below 50 people. It is then closed when we receive applications that push numbers over 100.

On average, people are on the Waiting List for around 3 years.

If you are interested in finding out when the Waiting List is open again – please subscribe to the update posts here! Plus – always keep checking the Allotment Gates  around March for the application forms. Be warned – the application forms go very very quickly!

 

Waiting List 2017

Following our AGM held in March 2017 the waiting list was OPENED for short time.

Application forms are located on the entrance gates – both Borland Road and Elland Road.

Once these have gone the Waiting List will be CLOSED until further notice.

For more information about the Waiting List, please do view the Waiting List section of our website.