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News

  • Looking after our pumps

    Date posted: Wednesday 17th August 2016

    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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  • Autumn Social, 25th September

    Date posted: Thursday 11th August 2016

    Feed up those giant pumpkins, plot grown produce and sunflowers!

    Put aside some homemade jam, chutneys and pickles!

    Get creative with those scary, funny, celeb, original scarecrows!

    This year’s Autumn Social takes place on Sunday 25 September, 11am to 2pm.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Filming on the Allotments

    Date posted: Friday 29th April 2016

    Filming on the Allotments

    Jack Dee filming for JOSH

    Our allotments are now “as seen on TV”!

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Trees for the bees!

    Date posted: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

    Trees for the bees!

    We had a record response this year to our request for plotholders to bring along their Christmas trees for recycling in the dead hedge around the bees’ enclosure.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Sow Wild!

    Date posted: Tuesday 26th January 2016

    Sow Wild!

    NEEDED! Green-fingered volunteers for a research project on bee ecology.

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

    Volunteers will receive a project pack, including native wildflower seeds to be sown in the spring of 2016. We ask that:

    •You live within the UK
    •You have an allotment or garden of minimum 20 square metres with space to sow a 2×2m wildflower patch
    •You can spare a couple of hours over the summer to sample insects in the wildflower patch

    Further information is provided in this PDF

    To register an interest and for more information please visit www.facebook.com/groups/SowWild or email Janine j.griffiths-lee@sussex.ac.uk Project sign-up closes 12th Feb 2016

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  • Latest edition of the Plotholder Newsletter out now

    Date posted: Friday 11th September 2015

    Read all about the final paint job on the Seed Store, the compost toilet, the latest episode in our Mrs Maple detective story and why our plants need potassium to be healthy.

    Plus reports and hotos from Seedy Sunday, the Plant Sale, the Summer Produce Show and the Hampton Wick Festival.

    Click here to download the PDF.

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  • New Plotholders Information Pack

    Date posted: Friday 24th July 2015

    IMPORTANT: New Plotholder Information document, including updated regulations.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Visit from St John's Junior School

    Date posted: Wednesday 15th July 2015

    Visit from St John's Junior School

    School visit to the Allotments

    On Wednesday 8th July St John the Baptist junior school’s Gardening club visited the Royal Paddocks allotments.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • July 2015 Heatwave

    Date posted: Wednesday 1st July 2015

    July 2015 Heatwave

    8am on 1st July 2015

    Temperatures are soaring to over 34 degrees centrigrade (currently) and we’re all suffering a bit. This picture was taken at 8am today and this plotholder wasn’t alone!

    It’s worth remembering that an occasional deep watering is better than lots of superficial sprinkling. A thorough watering will get the moisture down deep into the soil and will encourage roots to grow downwards rather than up towards the surface.

    Only water where it’s clearly needed. One of our committee members almost never waters her plot and her crops all seem to thrive.

    There are new notices by each of the pumps explaining how to use them to prolong their life, and ‘pump etiquette’ such as always leaving the tanks as full as when you found them.

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