Stores hibernation

The Stores are closed for the the late Autumn/Winter. We will open again at the beginning of February (to be confirmed) with the ever popular seed potatoes in stock!

Get organic, get rotten…

…Get composting!: Adding organic matter through composting is the best way to improve your Rosendale allotment’s heavy (but potentially very fertile) clay soil.

Why compost?: The joy of composting is that waste material can be turned into something extremely valuable for soil fertility and healthy plant growth. Well-made compost is full of the life that soil needs, and that plants need in turn. Healthy soil and compost are hosts to micro-organisms, and this microbial activity makes nutrients available to growing plants.

The soil at Rosendale allotments: Heavy clay soils are prone to compaction but have high levels of mineral nutrients and can be the most fertile of soils if a good structure can be developed. Organic matter, especially in the form of living compost, will improve structure, aeration, permeability and drainage, increase resistance to erosion and boost nutrient availability. No wonder some call compost ‘black gold’!

Taking action: So this autumn, don’t burn your organic matter – instead try composting any weeds and waste plant material. Please read our basic guide, click here for a pdf. If you need further advice or help with composting click here to contact the RAA sustainability group or fill in the form on the ‘Contact us’ page.

BBQ

The annual barbeque will be on Sunday 15 September from 1pm onwards. Always a great RAA event, this is an opportunity to come along to talk, share, feast and fest with other RAA members. Some food (mostly for the barbecue) and drinks will be provided but please bring a dish to share and a bit more to drink if you want to make sure there’s enough for a good party!

Nice one Nick!

It’s maybe not widely known, but we hire the site out for location shoots, which supplement the Association’s income. A recent one was for a music video, Carry your light, by Nick Wilson, and here’s the finished article.

RAA website


The public face for the Rosendale Allotments Association is our website. We welcome any feedback you may have. The site and in particular this news section is kept up-to-date by the RAA website team led by Lance Hodgson. So if you have news or pictures you wish to share, please pass them on – fruit and vegetable ‘selfies’ anyone?

Stuart Russell has designed our website based on a ‘responsive’ WordPress template created by the developers CyberChimps. Each layout adapts to view well on PCs and laptops of different screen sizes, iPads, tablets, phablets and phones.

People use an array of devices to view the web these days, we hope the RAA site works well on yours. If you see any problems or busted links please let us know. Be sure to include details of your PC/tablet/phone type, the browser you use and attach a ‘screen grab’ if you can.

And please, if you need a website designed for your business or organisation contact Stuart!