Spring Plant Sale Weekend - 18th & 19th May 2019

Come join us at our St. Aidan's site on the 3rd weekend in May for our annual spring plant sale.

If you've yet to get your seeds sown, not to worry, the committee have been working hard raising edible and non-edible plants in their poly tunnel. There is a wide selection of edibles to choose from: cabbages, tomatoes,  runner beans, courgettes, brasicas and much much more.

The cafe will also be open serving hot drinks, cakes, scones and biscuits. So, pop in have a cuppa and enjoy the company of fellow plot holders whilst admiring the spectacular views.

Venue: St Aidans site, Nicholas Lane, BS5 8TY
Date: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May
Time: 9am til 2pm

GDPR consent form

Have you signed the BEAA GDPR consent form?

If you would like to receive the newsletter by email each month you will need to have consented to the BEAA contacting you by email.

See Fern at St Aidan's to sign if you haven't done so and want to receive BEAA communications.

​See below for more details on General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
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Last year's Annual Show August 2018

Despite the very challenging growing conditions last summer brought us, the Annual Show was full of wonderful fruit and veg, beautiful flowers, delicous jams and chutneys and eggs (not that the judges ate the eggs!).  It was hat's off to everyone who managed to grow enough to find the gems to enter and make a show a success!

The event was made all the more special thanks to the band that played all afternoon; providing us all with a chance to boogie and sing along to some all time classics. 

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New General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

BEAA Privacy Notice (25th May 2018)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. It is an EU initiative and it comes into force on May 25th, 2108.

What does the GDPR mean for BEAA and its members?

In order to run the Association and be able to contact our members, we store members’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses on a digital document called the share register. This register is a legal document, required to be kept up to date under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

This electronic document is kept on the Data Controllers personal computer (protected by McAfee© Total Protection) and is password protected.

We also use a paper based allotment card system on which the same information is kept. These cards and any other paper records are kept in a locked metal filing cabinet in the Associations office.

The share register can only be accessed by the BEAA Data Controller, the Treasurer and the Secretary. The information is used solely to perform membership tasks and send out newsletters.

The Allotment Cards can only be accessed by BEAA’s Data Controller, Treasurer, Secretary, and also the Chair and Vice Chair. The allotment cards are up dated when payment is taken for plots.

Site reps are allowed to request the telephone numbers for their site’s plot holders, to carry out allotment business. Site reps can ask the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and the Data Controller for this information.

The data  will be held for as long as a plot holder continues to rent allotments from the BEAA. Individuals’ information will be deleted from both the share register and the allotment cards, after they have fully vacated their plots and no further correspondence is required.

We will not share this information with any third party organisations.

Every member has the right to view, delete and amend his/her own personal data. To do this you need to contact the BEAA Data Controller.

Data Controller email: [email protected]

GDPR Consent Form
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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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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.

2018 Rent Days - dates for your diaries

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We're fast approaching 'that time of year'. Rents can be paid in cash or by cheque, payable to BEAA Ltd.

Please come to the Pavilion, Nicholas Lane, BS5 8TY during shop opening hours: 9.00 am til 12.30 pm on any of the six dates below:

  • Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th October
  • Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th October
  • Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st October

If you're unable to make these dates please let the Treasurer know well in advance. You can email the Treasurer at [email protected]

Late payment will incur a £10 late payment fee.

This year's rents will be as follows:

  • 270 - 420 sq. yards  £85.00
  • 181 - 269 sq. yards  £70.00
  • 90  -  180 sq. yards  £50.00
  • Under 90 sq. yards  £30.00

Please be advised that the NSALG membership
​fee for 2018 is £3.00

Shop Opening Hours
9:00am - 12.30pm Sunday
9.00am - 12.30pm
The Pavilion
Nicholas Lane
St. George
Bristol, BS5 8TY