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  • Seedy Sunday - report

    Date posted: Wednesday 7th March 2018

    Seedy Sunday - report

    A hardy Seedy Sunday team, Ruth, David and I braved a bitterly cold but sunny morning outside the Seed Store. On offer were donated seeds plus coppiced hazel beanpoles and peasticks cut by Andrew Saunders. Among conversation topics were advice on seed varieties, viability testing and how to keep warm in near arctic temperatures!

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Plotholders’ Question Time - report

    Date posted: Tuesday 13th February 2018

    Plotholders’ Question Time - report

    PQT audience

    Another packed house for our third annual Plotholders’ Question Time held this year on 28th January, to hear panellists Liz Rigge, Ruth Walker and Len Cowking answer questions ranging from veg growing success to crop rotation, how to avoid tomato blight and the unsocial after-effects of Jerusalem artichokes, seed or Root trainers, weed disposal best potato varieties, veg for a shady shed side and what to do about woodlice! This is a mash-up summary of some of the key points made by our illustrious panel, with help from the audience:

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • RPA Tea Towels and Bags back by popular demand

    Date posted: Friday 8th December 2017

    RPA Tea Towels and Bags back by popular demand


    **We have reordered the very popular RPA tea towels and bags that were originally on sale in 2010, designed by our very own Sue Croft (now an ex plot holder who has moved away).h4. Your title here…

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Max's Comfrey fertiliser for free

    Date posted: Tuesday 21st November 2017

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  • Thanks to Bethan

    Date posted: Friday 27th October 2017

    Thanks to Bethan

    Seedstore Café dwellers have been pleased to see Bethan Griffiths’ delightful new ‘tree of plenty’ themed mural bringing the south wall to life; artwork which reflects Bethan being a well seasoned allotmenter …as well as a star baker! Nick Baylis gave our thanks and presented her with a thank you card, with a contribution towards her forthcoming school trip.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • What a perfect day!

    Date posted: Tuesday 10th October 2017

    What a perfect day!

    BBQ Team

    What a perfect day of sunshine for an Autumn Social! Produce Show tents full of entries, judges having a hard time deliberating over veg, flowers, jams and chutneys. A monster spider loomed over the Scarecrow competition flanked by two elegant toffs and Cllr Jerry Elloy presented winning rosettes!

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • 2017 AGM

    Date posted: Monday 9th October 2017

    2017 AGM

    The Royal Paddocks Allotments’ 2017 AGM was held on Thursday 9th November at the Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club, Bushy Park.

    Click here to read the minutes (PDF).

    The minutes include:
    Chairman’s annual report;
    Accounts and financial report;
    Social Secretary report;
    List of award winners
    Election of new committee

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  • Tawny Owl nest boxes

    Date posted: Wednesday 24th May 2017

    Tawny Owl nest boxes

    There are now two des res tawny owl nest boxes up in the trees adjoining our site, on the NW side!

    On 23 May Matt Steinmann, Royal Parks Arboricultural Officer (with dog, Peg) and Romain Boudot and George Hobson, from ATC (Tree Care and Conservation) came along to install the boxes, coated with three layers of preservative by David Harnden.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Report: Fruit Pruning Workshop 12.02.17 Richard Read

    Date posted: Friday 10th March 2017

    Report: Fruit Pruning Workshop 12.02.17 Richard Read


    Richard began by saying that allotments were prone to the spread of viruses and aphids, like catching a cold! He recommends always acquiring clean plants, fruit trees and bushes from accredited nurseries and plant suppliers to avoid infection. Viruses weaken plants – eg if yellow spots occur on raspberries dig out and replace, looking for good varieties for early, mid or late cropping such as ‘Joan J’.

    Click here to read the full story.

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