Homage to bees

Dulwich festival 2019 starts on 10 May and with it ‘Artists’ open house‘ on the weekends 11-12 and 18-19 May. You may be interested that a collection of over twenty artists exhibit their works at 264 and 274 Upland Road SE22 from 11am to 6pm each day. The theme they are all working to is ‘the life, loves and importance of bees celebrated by a swarm of local artists in painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, photography, illustration, craft, sound installation, poetry and honey.’

Site officer co-ordinator

The RAA is looking for a Site officer co-ordinator, this role is part time. As co-ordinator, you will interface with plot holders, the local community, the RAA committee and a small team of two staff, NB. this is not a management role. It involves flexible hours normally spread over two weekdays and on alternate Saturdays for two hours. The hourly rate is £13.50, twelve hours per week.

The main duties of the Site officer co-ordinator include maintaining and improving the site, managing the buildings, hiring our Community Building as well as liaising with plot holder members and the RAA committee. The successful applicant will be strong on DIY, able to work in a team, have numeracy, literacy and IT skills.

If you’re interested, please download the full job description here. Applications should be sent by email to chair.rosendaleallotments@btconnect.com to be received by Friday 15 March 2019.

Choose no-dig instead!

Allotment plot holder Nick Giannissis found Mervyn’s feature about his ‘no-dig’ plot here on the RAA website. With google he discovered more, was converted to no-dig himself, and he has written his own feature on the subject, published here for us to enjoy.

Nick explains: ‘I hope that it generates interest from other plot holders. No-dig isn’t a new idea – I think it can be traced back at least seventy years, maybe more. It has recently been adopted in several high profile locations; RHS Wisley in Surrey, Kew Gardens’ kitchen garden and many National Trust sites, including Sissinghurst.’ Please click here to read Nick’s full news feature which very much links to Mervyn’s no-dig story of April 2016. In it Nick shares photos he took last season showing his plot’s progress, also links to other sources of information he discovered around the web and some useful youtube videos.

Stores 2019

Rosendale Allotments’ Stores are open for the 2019 season, they’ll be 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.

New year, new course

Would you like to improve your knowledge and skills or to try something new for 2019? Capel Manor College is London’s leading specialist land-based college, with five centres across the capital. Near us, at their Crystal Palace park centre, they offer a range of full and part-time courses in animal care, arboriculture, floristry, garden design, and horticulture.

If you’d like to learn more the College invites you to an ‘Advice evening’ at Crystal Palace park centre (also at their other four centres) on Monday, 28 January, between 5pm and 7.30pm.