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2024

We hope you have a good growing season in 2024.

There are plenty of things happening again this year - 2 Shows, Pruning workshop, Grafting workshop, Cooking demonstration, Gardening talk, BBQ, Garden visit,  Harlow Carr visit, Open Day, Juicing, Bonfire.

If you have any suggestions please contact us.

We are always looking for help with maintenance and running the DC and all other aspects of our society.

You don't need a plot to be a member, we have many non members who pay only £5 a year.

Open Day

Open Day is Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, 1 - 4pm

A chance for the public to have a look around our allotments, talk to members and have a cup of tea and homemade cake. There will also be a plant stall and a bee demonstration. Entrances halfway down Northbrook Street and next to Edinburgh Bike Shop.

Cookery Demonstration 

We have a cookery demonstration on Saturday 1st June 10am - 1pm by Season Well a local social enterprise company who work with local communities using seasonal and locally grown food. If you want to sign up to this, please put your name on the list at the DC - For members only (you could always sign up).

Weather Station

Neely from Department of Observational Atmospheric Science at Leeds University has installed a weather station onsite. This is to help with studies into the climate.

The information from the station is available here: 

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The temperature, wind speed and direction, rainfall and much more are available to see.

Neely is also one of our esteemed plotholders

Waiting list

The waiting list is now approximately 60 (May 2024) which equate  to about 2 -3 years. We are still taking new names but please be advised as to the long wait. It may be worth checking other nearby allotment sites to see if their wait is any less. If you know any plot holders why don't you see if you can help them out while you are waiting. Many plot holders will be happy for the help and it will give you an idea of what is involved.

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Allium Leaf Miner

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Allium leaf miner
 
Check your onions... and leeks... and garlic.  It seems like most of our site is affected by Allium Leaf Miner which affects all plants in the onion family and is a serious problem.
The growth of the plants is stunted and distorted and plants may die or be unsuitable for harvesting.
We have heard similar stories from other allotment sites in Leeds and it seems it is something we are going to have to live with.
It seems the only practical prevention is growing under insect proof mesh. The peak activity is March - June and September - November.
Remove affected plants and do not compost.
See RHS information for more information.

Volunteers

The allotments are run by the committee who are all volunteers. We also have other volunteers who help on a regular or ad hoc basis.
We are always on the look out for new volunteers especially to help out at the DC shop on a Sunday morning 10.30 - 12.30. Without volunteers the shop cannot run and we are short at the moment. Please get in touch.

Plot number sign

It is the responsibility of plotholders to have a prominent identifying plot number on their land. This is partly to aid the letting secretary identify plots accurately. We have a large site which has quite a complex numbering system. If any plots are unidentified the committee will be going round painting a number on sheds/water butts/bins or anything we can find.

Inspections

We have a new letting secretary Gary Watt who has kindly taken up the post. His email is lettingsecretary@gmail.com
If you are having difficulties or illness problems or anything else it would be helpful if you let him know.
Please note we have a long waiting list of keen gardeners ready to get a plot, so if you feel your circumstances have changed and you no longer want your plot or want to give some of it up please contact him. Also we have a duty to the council, our landlords, to keep plots weeded, cultivated and in good order. We are keen to keep the site in good condition and keep it for allotments and not any other developments.

Members details

We have been trying to update some of our documents. If you have changed address, email or telephone number recently please let the secretary know caagaallotments@gmail.com

DC open 

The DC is now open for business. Usual hours: Sunday 10.30 - 12.30 and Wednesday 2.00 - 3.00pm. (or 3.30pm in Spring/Summer)

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