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News

  • Watering in drought conditions

    Date posted: Sunday 1st July 2018

    Plotholders will have their own strategy for dealing with drought conditions but target watering, heavy mulching and water harvesting from shed roofs are all worth considering.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Looking after our pumps

    Date posted: Sunday 1st July 2018

    Looking after our pumps

    The spell of hot, dry weather that we are having means more pump use and sometimes pump failure.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Pump Problems

    Date posted: Tuesday 12th June 2018

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

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  • Plant Disease Alert

    Date posted: Tuesday 12th June 2018

    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!

    SO PLEASE DO NOT BRING BACK ANY CUTTINGS, PLANTS, SHRUBS OR TREES FROM CONTINENTAL EUROPE.

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  • 2018 Plant Sunday - Report

    Date posted: Wednesday 30th May 2018

    2018 Plant Sunday - Report

    Open for business

    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!

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • The Last Bonfire?

    Date posted: Monday 16th April 2018

    The Last Bonfire?

    Don't do this!

    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…

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Community Plot Proposal

    Date posted: Monday 16th April 2018

    Community Plot Proposal

    We have been approached by a couple of officers from the Hampton Wick Community Policing team, Nick Cheadle and David Auld, who are very keen to take on a plot for community use.

    They wish to provide disadvantaged members of the Hampton Wick community, who are currently unemployed or isolated in flats, with an outlet to improve their health and welfare.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Hampton Wick Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) visits RPA

    Date posted: Tuesday 20th March 2018

    Hampton Wick Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) visits RPA

    The café welcomed three new visitors on Sunday 11th March.
    PCSO David Auld and PC Nick Cheadle of the Hampton Wick SNT, together with their Teddington SNT colleague, PC Brice Scott Jones came along to explain the role of the SNT and how we might contact them directly if needed.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Mike Vesey’s 20 Questions Quiz

    Date posted: Sunday 18th March 2018

    Mike Vesey’s 20 Questions Quiz

    Against all odds, the quiz went ahead in the café this morning. At 11.45 we decided to cancel as only a few stalwarts had made it, but when a few more people turned up and injected some enthusiasm, the competitive spirit took over and we started.

    Click here to read the full story.

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