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12 December, 2017

This month’s This month has been posted.

11 December, 2017

There is a Christmas get together for all members at the allotment hut between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Sunday, 17 December.

Mince pies and mulled wine are on offer.

Do try to come. All are welcome.

But if we don’t see you:

Happy Christmas!

21 November, 2017

Deadline for paying annual rent fast approaching.

Annual rents were due to be paid by 31 October. Most members paid on time but a sizeable number did not. Those who have not yet paid have until 30 November. After that they lose their right to renew and are liable to be evicted.

If you haven’t yet paid and you want to keep your plot please pay immediately; preferably by bank transfer, otherwise by cheque. Details are in the renewal notice sent to all members on 1st October.

When renewing please remember to:

  • ensure that your name and plot number are included with bank transfers and cheques.
  • complete the annual renewal form and return it by Email or post
  • pay fees for all members associated with your plot in addition to rents @ £3 per member

If the required information is not included with payments it is impossible to identify the payee and so these payments will be treated as donations.

Finally, if you don’t intend to renew please notify the membership secretary: peter@grangelane.org

12 November, 2017

For some interesting ideas on slugs, hedgehogs, ditches and the like please take a look at Rix Pyke’s contribution in the members’ area.

11 November, 2017

This month’s This month has been posted. Following a request for access to previous editions of This Month they are now available under a section of the archive in the Member’s Area.

A reminder too that there is a get together for all members at the allotment hut between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. on Sunday, 19 November.

Members of the committee and line managers will be there to meet plotholders

Tea and coffee will also be on offer but mugs are in short supply so please bring one with you.

10 October, 2017

This month’s This Month is now posted.

2 September, 2017

This year’s AGM will be on Sunday, 22 October at 11.00 in the Scout Hut at the top of Grange Lane.

Members who wish to pay their annual subscription in cash should arrive at 10.30 so that their payment can be taken in good time.

All members are encouraged to come along and take part.

1 September, 2017

This month’s ‘This month’ has just been published on the This Month page.

20 August, 2017

Foodbank

The West Norwood foodbank welcomes donations of vegetables and fruit.
If you have any surplus produce that you are willing to donate please leave it in the box at the hut and a member of the committee will arrange for it to be delivered to the foodbank.

19 August, 2017

Report from Inspection Team

The team has just completed the follow up inspection. Members will be contacted individually about  particular matters that have come to light. In the meantime members’ attention is drawn to the following general points:

PLOTS 

  • Many are looking productive and in good order
  • People are using the hut table to redistribute surplus fruit, veg and plants and this is proving successful.
  • Those wishing to have people come and help themselves could leave a notice to that effect above the hut table.

REMINDERS

  • LACK OF PLOT NUMBERS again. Please number top and bottom of plot.
  • TWO THIRDS of established plots must be cultivated with a variety of crops.
  • NETTING used to protect fruit and brassicas must not cover the whole plot.

PATHS 

  • We are committed to improving the paths. In the meantime please ensure the grass on your two paths is regularly cut/strimmed, and are passable with a wheelbarrow.

TOMATO BLIGHT

  • is prevalent and spreads quickly. Please burn or remove from site asap. Check on internet for symptoms, or ask knowledgeable neighbours.

BINDWEED 

  • must be dug out or poisoned with a systemic weedkiller.

9 August, 2017

What with it being holiday season n’all there will not be a gathering at the community hut in August.  The next one will be on Sunday 17 September 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

8 August, 2017

With apologies for it being late, this month’s This month has been posted.

14 July, 2017

COFFEE TOO!

Sunday, July 16 between 2 p.m. and 4p.m. is also the usual monthly coffee gathering at the Community Hut.

All welcome.

Cake contributions always give pleasure.

13 July, 2017

PLANT SALE

SUNDAY 16 JULY 2.00-4.00 PM At the Hut

Organic plug plants, for autumn/winter crops

Ready for planting in July and August . Make best use of your plot by planting these as you harvest your summer crops, and enjoy fresh greens through the Autumn and Winter months.

  • Kale – black and green curly varieties
  • Kalibroc – a hybrid cross between kale and broccoli
  • Calabrese
  • Leaf beet
  • Lettuces – two varieties
  • Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Pak Choi and
  • Beetroot

All proceeds to the running of the hut and eco toilets

6 July, 2017

Know anyone who looking for an allotment in Camberwell? See Member’s Notices for information about a project that is offering plots.

5 July, 2017

This month’s ‘This month’ has just been published on the This Month page.

6 June, 2017

This month’s ‘This month’ has just been published on the This Month page.

5 June, 2017

Strimming accident

A recent  accident on the site highlights the importance of taking proper precautions when using strimmers.  On this occasion the twine of the strimmer became entangled with a length of  electrical wire hidden in long grass. The wire was spun round at high speed by the strimmer and tore through the operator’s rubber boot causing a very deep cut and partly embedding itself in his leg. He was very shocked and had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital A&E. Fortunately he is recovering well.

To avoid this happening again please follow this advice:

  • Check the area to be strimmed before starting work and remove objects that could be dangerous, like wire, stones and glass.
  • Protect your lower legs with heavy duty trousers and boots.
  • Protect eyes and face with safety glasses or, preferably, a face shield.
  • Be aware of people close by and do not  endanger them.

4 June, 2017

Allotments Community BBQ Sunday June 18th,  1pm – 3pm

All Welcome!

Please join us at the Community Hut for a bring-and-share Sunday Lunch Barbecue on June 18th. Family and friends are welcome.

The barbecues will be up and running by 1pm.

Please bring food and drink for yourselves, plus a little extra to share.

There will be platters, bowls and serving spoons, so please bring salads to fill them. We will supply paper plates, bowls and cups, and disposable spoons and forks. There will be tea and coffee available, too.

Rugs and folding chairs would be helpful, if you can bring them along.

We also need more BBQs. If you have one you could bring, please email Jill or Jo. Our email addresses are jill@grangelane.org (Jill) and Jo@grangelane.org (Jo).

We look forward to seeing you there!

9 May, 2017

Another photographer, Shelagh Roberts FRPS, has kindly allowed us to display some her pictures of fruit and vegetables in our gallery.

5 May, 2017

May’s This month has just been posted.

5 May, 2017

Plot Inspection

There will be an inspection of all plots in the second week in May.  Everyone was sent a copy of the Rules which include the requirements of the Dulwich Estate.  Plot holders must take steps to ensure that they comply with the Estate’s requirements and the Rules.  Some matters which need particular attention are:-

  • Plots must clearly display the plot number at the top and bottom of the plot,
  • Only limited structures such as modest sized boxes and coldframes are allowed by the Estate unless special permission is given,
  • Permitted structures must be at least one foot from the plot boundary,
  • Paths must not be cut into or obstructed by anything on a plot,
  • The grass paths surrounding the plot should be mown/ strimmed,
  • A range of plants should be grown on each plot
  • At least 2/3rds of the plot should be cultivated and weeds kept under control.

11 April, 2017

Don’t forget the plant sale on Good Friday 14 April!
It’s at the allotment hut from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
As well as the plants we’ve bought specially for the sale we would be grateful if members could
donate any excess or spare seedlings/plants of their own.
All proceeds will go towards development of the allotments and  its amenities.

3 April, 2017

April’s This month has just been posted.

3 April, 2017

Dulwich Estates have informed us that repairs to the sections of Grange Lane affected by water leaks will be undertaken by contractors between 4 – 6 April.

The works will involve kerbs and gullies being re-set on 4th and 5th April. Road re-surfacing will follow on 6 April when single carriageway width restrictions will apply and Stop/Go boards will be operated for the duration of the works.

Members are asked not to park in cordoned off areas and if possible to avoid seeking access on 6th April

2 April, 2017

An open fire lit next to wooden structures and trees got out of control yesterday and burned to ashes an extent of surrounding vegetation. Fortunately the plotholder was able to dowse the fire with water before it took hold of structures but he was aware that he had been lucky and that the damage could have been much worse.

Open fires are strictly forbidden. In dry conditions they can spread with frightening speed and endanger the safety and property of other members.

Please remember that fires may be lit only in metal incinerators.

22 March, 2017

A calendar of events at Grange Lane Allotments for the year ahead has been posted on the events page. More details will be added to the calendar as they become available.