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Nature blog - Jenny Bourne

The RPA Nature blog with Jenny Bourne.

Watch the seasons unfold right here at our very own allotments

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Plant Disease Alert

Going abroad this summer?

Then you need to know about Xylella Fastidiosa. This is a KILLER DISEASE affecting a huge number of trees, shrubs, herbs and plants. It is currently sweeping through Europe and has wiped out swathes of olive groves in Italy and herbs in Spain and France as well as other countries. If a plant with Xylella Fastidiosa is discovered, all plants within a 100 metre radius must be destroyed!


What to do in June

Sow runner beans direct outside

What to do in June

What should you be sowing and planting now?

What crops should be ready for harvesting?

What jobs need doing on your plot?

Find out in our month-by-month calendar of what to do and when.

Pump Problems

A dry spell always results in pump problems. If your favourite pump is not working, please contact the Pump Team directly at

RPA Nature Blog - latest post

Stag beetles! Painted ladies! Flowers! Bee bums!

Stag beetles!  Painted ladies!  Flowers!  Bee bums!

My nearby plot neighbour emailed – ‘When sorting out netting for my red currants, I found this stag beetle. I took a photo and only then realised that the creature was trapped in the netting. Fortunately I had scissors in my pocket and so could free the beetle.

Click here to read more from Jenny's RPA Nature blog.

2018 Plant Sunday - Report

Open for business

2018 Plant Sunday - Report

Despondency as the rain poured down on Saturday gave way to great relief as Sunday dawned overcast and damp but no rain! The early birds tent team set up in record time and the Sales Team were able to get organised and set up with time to spare. Priority buyers had the pick of the selection, before a queue formed for an opening rush, as courgettes flew off the shelves!

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The Last Bonfire?

Don't do this!

The Last Bonfire?

You’re probably as sick of reading messages about bonfires as we are of writing them. But no matter how often we send messages, there are some plotholders who continue to ignore them.

Although the rain of the past few days will have deterred any sensible plotholder, it’s possible that the imminence of April 1st (this Sunday), after which bonfires are no longer allowed on plots, will persuade some plotholders that a bonfire on Saturday would be a good idea. It isn’t! Don’t! Any bonfire now would produce far too much smoke.

You might think it unlikely that anyone could be contemplating a bonfire tomorrow, but judging by our experience it isn’t…

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Seed Store cafe welcome sign

Seed Store cafe

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and delicious homemade cakes.
Open every Sunday:
11am - 12:30pm

Allotment main entrance - unlocked padlock

Waiting list now open

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Allotment main entrance opening time

Opening and closing times throughout the year can be found here.