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By childshill, Feb 2 2017 10:22AM

Hi All

First Happy New Year from your committee

1. The AGM this year will be on 19 March, due to the comments about the acoustics in the last venue there is a new time and venue, Claremont Free Church, Carey hall, from 4.30. The church is between Claremont Road and Cheviot Gardens. There is parking on Claremont Road and the roads around the venue.

2. The shop will be open this Sunday Feb 5th 12 to 1.30pm when there will be available: POTATOES, Potato fertiliser, 6X, winter planting onions, Growmore , Sulphate of Ammonia, potting compost, composted manure, basic fertilisers, TEV, Bone Meal, Blood Fish and Bone, .Lime, Calcified Seaweed, SEEDS - various at very competitive prices, bamboo stakes - various lengths, ENVIROMESH and various other nets, ground cover

3. There will be a beginners gardening course at Old Kenton Lane Allotments in May, see attached poster and contact them if you would like to take part

4. The next working party will be on Saturday 11 February from 10.00. This is to cut back the overhanging ivy etc. On the west boundary fence. Please bring you secateurs, loppers and shears.

5. We have had this request from Karla Santacara at Claremont School, “I am a teacher at Claremont Primary School as well as the Environment coordinator. We are looking to find some support in growing plants and maintaining our allotment as we have a fantastic space and some good resources for it. Would this be something that your plot holders would be able to help with?” If you are interested in helping contact Karla on


Hilary Burden

Secretary Childs Hill Allotments Society

020 8458 2870

07980 571086

By childshill, Jan 23 2017 10:30AM

Beginners’ Gardening Course

10am – 12 noon

Sundays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th May

Old Kenton Lane Allotments, Old Kenton Lane, Kingsbury, London NW9 9ND

Starting gardening from scratch and need advice and guidance? Just got an allotment and want to learn more? Or are you a gardener but still have gaps in your knowledge? Then this FREE course might

be just what you are looking for.

Our tutor will take you through all the basics, using the allotment site and greenhouse for practical demonstrations. Topics covered will include soil structure and testing, composting, tree pruning, pests

and diseases and mulching. Don’t be shy – we are friendly and helpful, and love answering your questions.

This is a free course provided by the Old Kenton Lane Allotments Association.

Places limited to 20 people. First come first served. To book your place phone Viv Williamson on 07722581133 or email on

By childshill, Dec 9 2015 02:08PM

Sow Wild! is a ‘citizen science’ project, investigating the effects of wildflowers upon pollinator numbers in urban environments, run by researchers at University of Sussex. They hope the results will tell them more about how best to look after pollinators in our gardens and allotments.

This is how the project works:

1) You register your interest by 12th Feb 2016 by signing up using the link below.

2) You are sent a project pack, which includes a pack of wildflowers and sampling equipment.

3) You sow the ‘Sow Wild!’ wildflower seeds in your allotment or garden in early April 2016.

4) You sample insects in the wildflower patch in summer, using pan traps, and send them back to us.

5) We let you know what is pollinating your garden or allotment!

6) You repeat the sampling in summer 2017.

Before you sign up, we ask that:

1)You live within the UK.

2)You have an allotment or garden of minimum 20 square metres with space for a 2x2m wildflower patch.

3)You can sow the seeds during April 2016.

4)You can participate in sampling in May, June, July, and August 2016 and 2017 (you just set the traps and collect them again 48 hours later. You also take a digital photograph of the wildflower patch at the same time).

5)You are able to cover packaging and postage of the samples back to the University at the end of summer (the total cost is expected to be around £3 - £4).

6)You are aware of the ‘pan trapping’ sampling method this project involves - please see details below.

If that all sounds good, you can register your interest here:

Or if you have any problems with the survey, email Janine directly:

We have a limited number of packs of wildflower seed and sampling equipment. I do hope that everyone that expresses an interest will be sent a pack, but it might be the case that there are more volunteers than packs available. I will contact you in March with full details.

Thank you for your interest in our project!