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News

  • Seed Store now closed for Christmas

    Date posted: Saturday 21st December 2019

    The Committee Office and the Seed Store Café will be closed on Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th December 2019.

    See you in 2020.

    Plotholders Committee

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  • Bird Walk 01.12.19

    Date posted: Thursday 12th December 2019

    Bird Walk  01.12.19

    A keen group of bird spotters assembled at the entrance gates for an early 8.00am bird spotting walk, led by Jon Tarlton.

    Jon took us round the perimeter roads of the RPA site, identifying and providing a wealth of information about the birds flying over and on plots and site edges. We learned that there are four sorts of pigeon – collared doves, stock doves and wood pigeons in addition to our much-maligned feral pigeons – WW2 heroes!

    One of the two kestrels now seen regularly made an appearance, and the high spot was a good view of a reed bunting in amongst undergrowth and two greenfinches foraging on bramble for late fruit – they haven’t been seen on site for a while!

    We logged 22 different birds, not bad for an hour’s walk round. It was a great way to start the day, thanks to Jon and his ornithological knowledge and interest.

    Watch this space for Jon’s next birdwalk. We’ll announce the date for the first 2020 walk early in the new year.All welcome to see what New Year birds we can spot!

    Click here for a PDF of all the birds spotted during the walk.

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  • 2019 AGM

    Date posted: Sunday 17th November 2019

    The Royal Paddocks Allotments 2019 AGM was held on Thursday 14th November at the Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club.

    Click here to read the 2019 AGM minutes (opens/saves as PDF).

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Water at the RPA. What does the future hold?

    Date posted: Friday 1st November 2019

    Water at the RPA. What does the future hold?

    Climate scientists tell us that we can expect more extreme weather events in future.

    Hot dry summers interspersed with areas of very low pressure and torrential downpours may well become the norm. Whether or not there is immediate cause for concern about the supply of water at the Paddocks Allotment site, climate change will almost certainly prove challenging to both commercial growers and plot holders alike.

    The small “Water Group” that was set up in Spring 2019 has attempted to look at how we might respond to these challenges.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Free pallets

    Date posted: Friday 4th October 2019

    Wooden pallets make an excellent surround for compost heaps, and Stuart Wisdom of Tiles of Wisdom has kindly said that he can deliver pallets to the allotments for free.

    We need to get an idea of the potential demand, so if you are interested please send an email to plotholderscommittee@paddocks-allotments.org.uk. Say how many pallets you would like (3 make a good compost surround).

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  • Autumn Social & Produce Show 2019

    Date posted: Wednesday 25th September 2019

    Autumn Social & Produce Show 2019

    Jem and Mehi - BBQ maestros

    Autumn Social & Produce Show Sunday 15 September – a summary.

    What a brilliant day of friendly competition, socialising, hot sun and conviviality!

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Free oregano plants

    Date posted: Thursday 1st August 2019

    Free oregano plants

    Photo from the RHS Website

    A large number of good quality oregano plants are available for free, thanks to Dan Johnson (plot 37f). These plants, which were part of a Selfridges window display, will be available…

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Dead Hedge

    Date posted: Thursday 1st August 2019

    There is now an easy way to dispose of longer prunings and cuttings from your allotment – we have built a new dead hedge frame near the beehive area.

    Click here to read the full story.

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  • Gardening for Wildlife Forum 07.07.19

    Date posted: Friday 19th July 2019

    Gardening for Wildlife Forum 07.07.19

    What Has Gardening for Wildlife Ever Done for Me?
    Forum led by Stephen James, Enviroment Trust
    07.07.19

    Stephen James, Operations Manager, Environment Trust led an informal forum about sustainable and wildlife friendly methods of plot management. Stephen is the Community Gardener at the Marble Hill Kitchen Garden, a project about the history of market gardens. After clearing scrub a community garden was created that has a woodland garden feel…

    Click here to read the full story.

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