Annual General Meeting

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This year's AGM will be held on Wednesday the 18th April. The Pavilion, Nicholas Lane, BS5 8TY.
  
The AGM is an opportunity for you to have your say in who runs the association. The positions of Chair, Vice-Chair and site reps are up for election.

Please come along to the meeting to elect the committee, or if you would like to stand for any of these posts you're most welcome.

If you’re unable to attend on the night you can still vote for your preferred candidate by filling in a voting form; available from the allotment shop.

We hope to see you there!! 

We are looking for a new Treasurer - starting May 2018

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Malvern Spring Show Trip - Saturday 12th May 2018

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Once again we're organising a trip to the RHS Malvern Spring show this May. Come with us and have the travel taken care of.
 
This year promises to be at least as good as last year’s, if not better. 

Things to see include:

  • Show Gardens designed by RHS Gold medal winners
  • The Grow Zone – inspirational fruit and veg growing
  • Plant Arcades – featuring new and exotic cultivars
  • Floral Marque – showing the best of plant design
  • Celebrity Q&A’s sessions
  • Food and Drink
  • Family friendly activities

There’s even a knitted garden raising awareness of the healing power of plants and gardening.

Hurry, places go very quickly!

To book your place on the coach or to find out more about the trip, contact Fern JaneTel:  0117 9603253 or Email: fernley45@gmail.com
Price £36.00 includes travel and entry to the show.



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BEAA Gardening Blog

​​Ron Heath, one of Hillside's plot holders has been writing a gardening blog for the  St. George and Redfield Voice. The blog is about the plot holders and their experiences of growing fruit and veg for themselves and their families.

Ron is keen to hear from anyone who has an interesting story about their experience of growing, or wants to share tips on successful growing. Photos are always welcome too!!

If you'd like to contribute to the blog please contact Ron at: beaanews@gmail.com.

This month's blog is available online at: https://issuu.com/sgrvoice/docs/sgrvoice-11-february-2018/14


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Seed Potatoes and Onion & Shallot sets now in stock

​​Happy New Year!!

And, a big thank you to all who joined us on New Years day for the start of our seed potato sale. 

Don't worry if you didn't make it; they didn't all get sold. We still have plenty of the 35 varieties in stock; we've even put together a helpful guide to each of the varieties to help you choose (download the leaflet below). We've also got this season's veg seeds, onions and shallot sets in stock.


We're open again this weekend 6th & 7th January and every weekend until Easter. So, come down and get stocked up for this growing season - and get chitting!!




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Signed Charles Dowding 'No Dig' Books in Stock!!

 How to create a new Vegetable Garden - Work smarter, not harder on your allotment. 
 
Charles Dowding draws on years of experience to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden or improve an existing allotment; turn into a highly productive area.

Charles's no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardeners to improve their plots.
 
The book takes you step-by-step through:
  • Planning and early stages
  • Clearing the ground
  • Mulch - what, why, how?
  • Minimising digging
  • Sowing and planting across the seasons
  • Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses
 
It is filled with labour-saving ideas and the techniques that Charles uses to garden so successfully, and is illustrated throughout with photos and tales from Charles's first year in his new vegetable garden.
 
Retail price £17.95

Our price, personally signed by Charles £15.95.
  


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Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary - No Dig, Healthy Soil, Fewer Weeds.
 
A journal with a perpetual diary, a manual of gardening to inform and inspire!! Packed with illustrations and an introduction by Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School.

Charles Dowding is recognised worldwide for his gardening expertise and growing great food. His garden in Somerset, open to the public twice a year, is highly productive and filled with stunning vegetables.

  • Three quarters advice on how to grow great crops, one quarter writing space for each day.

  • Use it year after year to make the best decisions, with your notes alongside the author’s suggestions, for future reference.

  • Advice in the diary section is linked to each week of the season and takes you through the whole process, from clearing weeds without digging, feeding soil and sowing to harvests and storing vegetables.

  • The emphasis is on saving time by gardening more efficiently, in tune with natural processes.

  • Charles shows how healthy his crops are, from untilled soil, and how few weeds there are. Less water is needed too.

Retail price £14.95

Our price, personally signed by Charles £11.95.
  
    


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The Farm - an update on the deer 

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We wanted to keep you up to date on what the committee have been doing to progress the removal of the deer from the Farm allotments.

Meeting at the Farm
The Chair, Vice Chair and site reps met on Wednesday (18th October 2017) with members of the Council Allotment Office and the Council’s deer rangers. They walked the site and the rangers were able to provide advice that the committee are now putting into an action plan (see below).

Use of Firearms
The Council officer and the rangers were very clear that firstly it is illegal to use fire arms on allotments and secondly if it weren’t it would be too dangerous. The shot guns used to cull deer have a range of five miles and can kill at a distance of one mile. The location of the allotments (next to public footpaths and residential areas) means that this is not a safe option.

Advice from the Rangers
The rangers walked the whole site to assess how the deer are moving around the site; they’re using overgrown areas as shelters. They were able to ascertain that the overgrown area that runs the length of the western boundary (see the green line on the site map) is being used by the deer as a corridor.

  • The Rangers have advised that this area of brambles needs to be reduced so that it no longer provides a corridor for the deer. A one meter strip next to the fence will be left to provide a corridor for other smaller wildlife.

  • They have also advised that a small area next to the side gate should be left untouched to provide them with an area of shelter until they are removed.

  • Lastly, the rangers have advised that the side gate be left open at night for a few of weeks. This last point is important as the deer need to learn that the gate is their exit point so that they will go through when the time comes to move them off the site. We understand that this leaves the site vulnerable to theft and advise all plot holders to remove anything of value from their sheds for the time being.

Window of Opportunity
The rangers have told us that we have a window of opportunity between now and April to take action. In April the females will be giving birth and legally we can’t disturb them; they are a protected species. So, we need as many plot holders to get involved as possible. It is a big job and we’ve only five months to get it done!!  

The Action Plan

  1. The clearing will begin at the most southerly end (the red dot on the map) working northwards towards the gate (the blue dot on the map).

  2. Dates of work days will be advertised so that plot holders can be involved in the clearing.

  3. The site reps will ensure that the side gate is left open in the evenings and closed again in the mornings.

  4. Once the clearing of the corridor is complete a site walk will take place to herd the remaining deer westward and through the side gate. This event will need volunteers and will be advertised on posters, Facebook and the website.
  
The first workday has been organised for Monday 30th October. The Vice Chair and committee members will be meeting at 10am to start clearing the overgrown boundary. Any help will be greatfully received!!  Please bring hand tools only; loppers, rakes, wheel barrows etc.... Oh and there will be cake and tea for the workers!!  Hope to see you there!!
Shop Opening Hours
Saturday
9:00am - 12.30pm Sunday
9.00am - 12.30pm
The Pavilion
Nicholas Lane
St. George
Bristol, BS5 8TY
          
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Hosepipe Ban - an explanation


Dear Plot Holders,

Some of you may have seen the posters, about the current hosepipe ban, that have been put up around the sites and on the water troughs. This post explains the reasons for the ban.

The water board and Bristol City Council have put this ban in place as a precaution against the possible contraction of Legionnaires disease. This can be fatal and is contracted from the inhalation of contaminated fine water droplets (aerosols).

Hose pipes containing moisture / water and left in the sun (20 – 45  °C) are a potential breeding ground for legionella. The mains pressure on standby taps is sufficient to cause aspiration of the water into fine droplets if a fine rose head, finger or thumb is used to restrict the hose output.

There is also a risk associated with syphoning water from water troughs to plot holder’s water tanks - through the sucking of water through the hose to start the syphoning process.

We understand that this is an inconvenience to all plot holders but we must ask you all to stop using your hose pipes and store them away in sheds. If the water board or council find any hose pipes out on plots they will assume they’ve been used and have told us that they will turn off the mains supply to the sites concerned.

The council and the water board are working to remedy a number of issues regarding the health and safety of the water supplies on allotment plots, including this particular issue. And, we hope the ban will be lifted in time. However, until it is lifted please only use watering cans or buckets to take water from the troughs.
  

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2017 Rent days

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This year the rent days will fall on the following weekends:

  • Saturday 16th September & Sunday 17th September

  • Saturday 30th September & 1st October

  • Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October


If for some reason you will be unable to make any of the dates please contact the Treasurer in good time, on beaa.treasurer@gmx.co.uk , to avoid being charged an additional £10 late payment fee.

Thank you for reading and please share with other plot holders.

Posters will be up on notice boards soon!!

Please note that NSALG membership fees for the year starting  in Sept 2017 will be £3.00 per plot holder
Advance notice of 2018-2019 Rents

​Please be advised that whilst the rents for 2017 -2018 remain the same as 2016. They will rise by £5.00 per band in the year 2018-19.