Glyphosate and Our Allotments

Position Paper from the Committee: Glyphosate and Our Allotments:

The presentation on the use of glyphosate on our allotments at the pre-AGM session in April asked two main questions:

  • Do we continue to sell it in the shop or stop selling it?
  • Do we do nothing about its use? Ban its use? Or make rules about its use?

The Committee were tasked with considering options and coming up with a position paper on the subject.  You can read it here.

We would like members’ feedback on the suggested guidelines for use in the paper, with a view to providing a final set to members for use over the next few years (before the 5 year EU renewal expires in 2022).  Please send your comments to the Association Secretary to collate.

The Committee believes that as an Association we should all be aiming to limit or eliminate the use of chemicals on plots.

Botley Meadow Late Summer BBQ

We are having our second (‘late’ summer) Botley Meadow BBQ on Saturday September 7th from 1pm onwards.

As usual it is a ‘bring and share’ event (we don’t use any of the association funds to cover this) – so please bring what food and drink you can!

It will be held on the grassy area outside Glenn’s shed (plots 58 & 59) in the north-west corner of the site – or follow the noise … We will be using the two big event shelters as before – so don’t give up on us even if there are a few spots of rain!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Nick

Association Secretary

 

Allotment Ecology

Gardeners World (BBC2 on Friday 21st June) – Frances Tophill visited an allotment in Oxfordshire to meet a gardener (Nadine Mitschunas) who is growing her crops alongside plants attractive to pollinating insects and other wildlife.

Nadine works at the same organisation as your Association Secretary – the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, in the Biodiversity Population Ecology Group.

The programme is available on iPlayer here, and the segment starts about 7mins 42secs in.

 

 

 

Feedback from the 2019 AGM poster session

Feedback from the 2019 AGM

A pre-AGM session had posters on the following:

  • Twenty Pound Meadow Water Harvesting Project
  • Suggestions for Association Website improvements
  • Suggestions for Association Shop improvements
  • Gardening Sensibly, Sensitively and Sustainably

Members were asked for their views and the comments have been collated here.  The Committee is currently considering feedback on the use of chemicals on allotments and hopes to agree a position paper at the next committee meeting in July – which will go out to members for consultation.

Bee walks and nest boxes

Oxford Plan Bee are offering plotholders the chance to attend one of their free upcoming Bee Walks, in either Wytham Woods or Oxford City (with a possible bonus visit to the Botanic Gardens). Walkers will visit some of their solitary bee next boxes, learning as they go about the differences between honey, bumble and solitary bees, including their appearances and nesting habits. Groups will be armed with nets and identification guides and will have a go at catching and identifying any bees seen along the way. There are several walks a month from now until September, and there is a flyer/poster with the details here.

Bee nest boxes are part of their citizen science project, which we can get involved with by hosting boxes on your plot(s), then sending photos and information over to them.

Plan Bee will be talking about how to photograph the boxes to tell if they’re occupied and survey surrounding flowers on the walks, and the info is also available on their website.

If you would like to get involved please contact them at this address. An information sheet about the project for anyone interested is available here.

 

Allotment AGM 2019

The 2019 AGM will take place at West Oxford Community Centre (next to Twenty Pound Meadow) in the evening of Thursday 25th April.

7:00 for 7:15pm – refreshments and an interactive session with four topics:

  • Twenty Pound Meadow Water Harvesting Project
  • Suggestions for Association Website improvements
  • Suggestions for Association Shop improvements
  • Gardening Sensibly, Sensitively and Sustainably

7:45pm move to the Main Hall for AGM business starting by 8:00pm

 

TPM Water Harvesting Project update

Pete Feenan and his team have been doing a sterling job on the Water Harvesting Project at Twenty Pound Meadow allotments. There is a PDF report here which describes their progress

As part of the project we plan to extend the rainfall collecting area of the allotment shop roof and need volunteers, preferably with building or good DIY experience, to take on this subproject.

(Volunteers with other skills are always welcome!)

If you are interested please contact Peter Feenan or Nick Jackson