Coronavirus: The Stores are open this weekend (21 to 22 March) on both Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am-12.30pm. This opening is subject to the following conditions:

– Only two customers can be in the Stores at any one time.
– No children or pets can come into the Stores.
– The compound gate will be locked to stop customers entering the Stores by the back door.
– Contactless payments would be preferred.
– If there is a queue outside, customers should stand at least two metres apart.
– There is hot water and soap available in the Stores as well as in the WC outside.

We have stocks of onion sets, seed potatoes, garlic, shallots as well as bulk manure and compost, seeds and fertilisers.

We will review Stores opening each week depending on how the current situation develops. There may, of course, be new official directives that make it impossible to open.

Seed swap

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.

Wild records

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 record 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.

Click here to contact us or fill in the form on the ‘Contact us’ page. Our next meeting will be on Saturday 28 March. 2pm to 4pm in the Community Building. Anyone who would like to take part is welcome.

Click here for RAA sustainability group news archive.

Our Stores 2020

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.

Site officers

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.