We are interested in trialling a Gardening Club at the allotments for people who are either new to having an allotment, or don’t have one at all.
The club will meet every Saturday from the 4th June until the 15th October, and members of the club will be able to work together to get an allotment from a poor state, which is how most people will take on an allotment, and to get it into a good condition.
Skills that members will learn will include
Planning out an allotment
Pricking out and potting on
Building raised beds
Tending to plants to get them to maturity
… and many more skills that it takes to manage an allotment successfully. In addition to this, you will meet new friends, get some exersise and club members will be able to take home the vegetables that are grown, once they are ready.
The one off fee of £25 will cover the cost of materials and plants.
This is a pilot scheme and we are interested to see how it could develop for future years.
It seems like we have been visited once again by the little bored darlings who have caused damage around the allotments.
I urge EVERYONE to visit their plot, particularly if you have a polytunnel as some have been slashed. Randomly, I found an onion in mine the other day but I don’t have any in so they may also have uprooted some crops.
Please can everyone that thinks they have been affected by this ring the police on 101 (not 999, it’s not an emergency) to report the damage EVERY TIME it happens so that more is done to keep our allotments safe.
Additionally, can everyone be sure that the gates are locked behind you when you go in and go out, even if there are people inside.
If you head over to our Facebook page (and I strongly urge anyone who is a member of our association to join the group if you use Facebook) you will see photographs of the damage and some items that were removed from people’s plots.
Anyone who has been affected, or knows anything about these attacks is urged to report them to Durham Constabulary on the non emergency number 101 and please remember, if you don’t report it, it didn’t happen as far as the Police are concerned so please do let them know.
A construction company has offered our members free waste construction materials including timber of various lengths (often complete pallets and single lengths) and large thick card tubes which have been suggested to be used as planters in gardens. All material would be donated at no cost, the only stipulation would be it needs to be collected from their site in Peterlee.
Anyone who is interested please let Su know asap so I can forward details to you.
Please also spread the word to other members as they may not see this post.
We wish all of our members a happy new year and a prosperous 2022!
As is custom every year, we have updated the gate code on all of the gate padlocks and have sent communications to everyone that has paid their 2022 rent.
Please scroll to the post below for more information on paying your rent if you haven’t already done so.
Everyone for whom we have a mobile number; we have sent a text message with the new code. For others who haven’t given us a mobile number, but for whom we do have an email address, we have sent an email. For the remaining who have supplied us with neither, we have written to you.
If you believe you have paid your rent but haven’t received a message in any of the forms above, please email email@example.com with your up to date contact details and John will be able to assist. Please be aware, he will be out of the country soon so may not be able to respond immediately.
Rent should be paid on or before 31 December 2021.
If possible, please pay by Bank Transfer to: Sort Code: 77-20-21 Account Number: 31947860 using your plot number and name as the Reference (e.g. 34b Smith) The account is a Business Account with Lloyds Bank in the name of Newton Hall Allotment Association.
If you wish to pay by cash or by cheque, please contact the Treasurer to discuss how this can be facilitated.
If you have taken Manure from the gates but have not yet paid for it, please pay as soon as possible using a separate transaction for this.
We have had a delivery of cow manure to the top West Gate (next to the hut – large load) and to the top East Gate (small load) for members to use.
The price is 50p per barrow load (a heaped barrow is fine, just don’t pile on so much that it’s being lost as you barrow it) and is payable either in cash to Jim or John when the shop is open, or (preferably) by bank transfer with the reference Manure and your plot number.
Anyone who needs a reminder of the bank details, please contact Su by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone.
We have received a letter from the National Society for Allotment and Leisure Gardeners, of which all our tenants are members, calling on people in the Northern Region to volunteer into one of several roles available.
The letter, with further information, is attached below:
We have received a quantity of fresh horse manure with straw (barley, I believe) which members can purchase by the barrowload. Please be sensible in how much is heaped in barrows; I’ve seen deposits of manure that has fallen out of overfilled barrows around the place – please don’t take more than you can reasonably transport in a barrow but take as many barrowloads as you like, keep a record of how many you have taken and please make a payment to the association bank account, reference Manure + your plot number and if you could also drop email@example.com an email it will make things easier for John to consolidate when he gets the bank statement. Anyone who needs a reminder of the bank account details should check John’s rents reminder text that was sent before Christmas.
If you did not receive a text and you would like to in future, please let John know your mobile phone number.
How to use fresh horse manure
Being fresh, the manure ideally should be left to rot down for a year to 18 months, preferably in a heap in order to encourage the brandling worms and microbes to do their work. It is said that fresh manure can ‘burn’ plants with the acidity. Personally, I am going to experiment with making a hotbed in my polytunnel and running water filled tubing through it and under the bed in the poly to hopefully provide an underground source of heat for the warmth loving crops such as tomatoes, chillies, melons and sweet potatoes I am going to grow. Then, this time next year I will spread the manure on my polytunnel beds and will start again with a fresh heap.
Woodchip – FREE
In addition to the manure, we will shortly be receiving regular supplies of FREE woodchips for people to take. The woodchip will be a mix of deciduous and conifer and will be fresh, so ideal to use as paths and mulch on the top of soils, but don’t mix it in for at least a year, maybe 18 months to prevent the decaying wood from using up the nitrogen in the soil. The woodchips will be delivered to the West gate. When the East gate post is repaired and the gate is back in use we will have some delivered to the east gate as well. For a reminder on which is the East and which is the West gate, please see the map on our Contact Us page.
Charlotte Potatoes – £1 per Kg
Also, Charlotte potatoes are in stock. Anyone wishing to buy these should, in the first instance, contact Jim Duffy. His number is displayed on the shed window, but I have been given permission to give it out to anyone who asks (but I’m not putting it on here!).
Many of you know already that part of your annual rent covers a subscription to the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) which includes a host of benefits to our members.
The society have issued their latest newsletter, and are inviting members to complete their survey on member demographics (gender, location, age etc) which helps them to better understand the diverse range of people who are members, and also helps them to better target their advice and information.
The newsletter and link to the plotholder survey can be found by clicking this link.