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The RPA Nature blog with Jenny Bourne.

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Newsletters

 

We have been publishing a regular newsletter since 1998. Here you will find the most recent back issues available for download. The editorial team would love to hear from anybody wishing to help with the forthcoming editions. We’re always looking for contributions – especially photographs.
Email Jenny Bourne: newsletter@paddocks-allotments.org.uk.

 

  • Plotholder No. 44 September 2015

    In this issue:

    - The Seed Store turns red
    - Compost toilet appeal
    - Reports and Photos from Seedy Sunday, the Plant Sale, the Summer Produce – Show and the Hampton Wick Festival
    - The latest episode of ‘A Plot in the dark’, our Mrs Maple detective story
    - How Growmore Grows More Part 2 – Potassium

    Click here to download the PDF.

  • Newsletter No. 43 February 2015

    Newsletter No. 43  February 2015

    In this issue:

    - New series on how Growmore grows more: N, P, K and your veg
    - Results and photos from the Autumn Social
    - The ancient art of hedge-laying
    - The latest instalment in our Mrs Maple whodunnit

    Click here to download the PDF

  • Newsletter No. 42 July 2014

    Newsletter No. 42 July 2014

    Contents include:

    • Scouts visit to the plots
    • What’s in our water? News of a study being carried out on the site
    • Plotholders on Parade at the Hampton Wick Festival
    • Swarm! Fred the beekeeper to the rescue!
    • Dandelion wine – learn to love your weeds
    • Memoirs of long-time plotholder George Loosemore

    and the plot thickens as Mrs Maple is drawn further into the mysterious spate of crimes on the allotments….

    Click here to view/download this Newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No 41 November 2013

    Newsletter No 41 November 2013

    Contents include:

    • A fantastic write-up of the Seed Store project by Nick Baylis
    • Results and photos from the Autumn Social
    • A report on the AGM including Best Plot prize winners
    • Updates on bonfires, workdays and the vehicle gate

    and… for all of us feeling bereft after the conclusion of ‘Tarragon of Virtue’ we’ve a new series by Helen Nix. This time it’s a murder mystery set on the allotments and introducing the plotholder sleuth Mrs Maple.

    Click here to view/download this Newsletter (PDF)

  • Newsletter No. 40 July 2013

    Newsletter No. 40 July 2013

    Contents include:

    • Start of the Seed Store Rebuild
    • Plant Sale 2013 – some great photos of this successful event
    • Making wine from your produce
    • Gulp… it’s the finale of ‘Tarragon of Virtue’ – don’t miss the moving,funny conclusion.
    • Amazing Maize – a history
    • Another Buried Treasure
    • Ashley’s Quacking Adventure

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF),

  • Newsletter No. 39 November 2012

    Newsletter No. 39 November 2012

    Contents include:

    • Sue’s Big Swim
    • Café News
    • Bees settle in to new homes
    • The Autumn Social 2012 – all the prizewinners and many great photos from the day
    • ‘Tarragon of Virtue’ – catch up with the next instalment of our tense, romantic serial
    • Sarah’s Winning Recipes
    • Buried Treasure Mystery
    • Shed competition

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF),

  • Newsletter No. 38 March 2012

    Newsletter No. 38 March 2012

    Contents include:

    • What should happen to our fire-damaged Seed Store?
    • Collapse of a section of the boundary wall
    • Committee news
    • AGM 2011
    • Cafe news
    • Royal Paddocks Allotments bees
    • Your soil by Alan Buckingham

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF),

  • Newsletter No. 37 October 2011

    Newsletter No. 37 October 2011

    Contents include:

    • Autumn Social and Produce Show report
    • Forthcoming AGM
    • Committee news
    • Christmas Cafe
    • Sue Croft – channel swimmer
    • Rebuilding of the park wall

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No. 36 May 2011

    Newsletter No. 36 May 2011

    Contents include:

    • Seedling sale report
    • Tackling the clubroot menace
    • Security
    • Pump workshop
    • Seedy Sunday
    • Barbara Wood farewell interview

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No. 35 Christmas 2010

    Newsletter No. 35 Christmas 2010

    Contents include:

    • AGM report
    • News from your committee
    • First frost of the winter
    • 2010 Autumn Social
    • Tarragon of Virtue
    • Soil know-how

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No. 34 Summer 2010

    Newsletter No. 34 Summer 2010

    Contents include:

    • Keeping our water pumps working
    • News from your committee
    • All-new website
    • Seedling sale picture gallery
    • Hedging and coppicing
    • Summer pest watch
    • Book review

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No. 33 Winter 2009/10

    Newsletter No. 33 Winter 2009/10

    Contents include:

    • Prizewinners 2009
    • Aminopyralid is back!
    • New faces on the committee
    • Autumn Social picture gallery
    • “Tarragon of Virtue”, chapter one
    • Winter pruning

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No. 32 Autumn 2009

    Newsletter No. 32 Autumn 2009

    Contents include:

    • New site shed
    • Autumn Social
    • More monthly workdays
    • Pumpkin carving
    • Home-made fungicide
    • Green manures
    • Chutney recipes

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No. 31 Spring 2009

    Newsletter No. 31 Spring 2009

    Contents include:

    • Fire!
    • Monthly workdays
    • February snow
    • Site security
    • Life underground: get to know your earthworms
    • Bring in the bees

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No. 30 Winter 2008/09

    Newsletter No. 30 Winter 2008/09

    Contents include:

    • George Loosemore: 2008 cup winner
    • Inside our composting toilet
    • The native hedge
    • Jobs for winter and spring
    • Highlights of the Autumn Social
    • Couch potato shopping

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).

  • Newsletter No. 29 Summer 2008

    Newsletter No. 29 Summer 2008

    Contents include:

    • Seedling sale
    • Our water supply
    • New constitution
    • Gardening for climate change
    • Book reviews
    • Pigeons
    • Recipes
    • The upside-down world of gardening

    Click here to view/download this newsletter (PDF).