Despite the wild, wet and windy weather the Seed swap went ahead on 15 February. Plenty of allotment saved and packaged seeds were available. It was fascinating discussing the unusual and varied crops members had tried and to hear about their varied successes. Anitha made a delicious dahl soup and both Pek and Cheng had baked sourdough bread, equally delicious.
All the left over seeds will be available in the stores for a small donation.
The RAA sustainability group met again in January. We discussed reducing peat use on the site, a review of site survey criteria to include provision for wildlife and recording the wildlife on site. The Allotments has been designated a site of local importance to wildlife. We thought it would be interesting and fun to create a record of all the wildlife it supports, both plants and animals.
We have created a wildlife recording sheet pdf which you can download here and print off or can be found in the community building in a folder under the care of the site officers. You can fill in a record of anything you see and if you manage to get a photo or movie clip please send it in, we’ll share good ones on the RAA website. If you are not sure what creature you have seen there are wildlife apps such as iNaturalist that can be downloaded for free to check what you have seen, otherwise ask a fellow plot holder or check in a wildlife identification book.
Rosendale Allotments’ Stores are open for the 2020 season, they’re fully stocked with everything you may need for your plot. Located on the forecourt of the Rosendale Road main entrance the Stores open between 10.30am and 12.30pm Saturdays and Sundays in the growth and harvesting periods each year, open for Sundays only during August.
Our Stores are run by RAA members for RAA members with any profits helping to fund Association activities and keep rents down. If you would like to volunteer some of your time to help in the Stores, please call in during opening hours or send an email to the Stores organisers.
Say hello to John and Reuben, our current Site officers, who work hard managing and improving the site and maintaining the buildings. They provide an invaluable link between plot holders and the committee, making sure issues and concerns are communicated. John and Reuben manage the hire of equipment to plot holders and arrive early to help with deliveries, ensuring the Stores remain stocked. They only work twelve hours a week each and achieve a huge amount in this short period. Site officers’ schedule of work changes over the seasons and is directed by the committee. Click here for the RAA Site officer job description.
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!
Here are a few essential tasks for maintaining your plot this winter.
Clean and oil garden tools ready for the coming spring; cover winter brassicas with netting to protect them from birds; prune your rose and berry bushes; plant out raspberry canes for the forthcoming summer; and bring a hot flask of tea to your plot and soak up the winter quiet.