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Summer Party Celebrations

IMG_20160619_141355Our celebration to welcome in the warm season on Sunday the 19th June was a terrific success!

We had a delicious array of picnic dishes, two barbecues blazing, and an unusually forgiving day of weather. We were delighted to welcome new members, and those more seasoned, to come together and enjoy the Weald Allotment. It’s been a lot of work, but our plots (now converged into one super plot) are looking superb.

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Thanks to the 26 or so volunteers who came along to build fruit cages, strim, weed, and bring in a harvest of potatoes, broad beans, strawberries and more!

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Our Seedling Sale went down a treat!

It was an intermittently lovely day, with the cold winds and clouds permeated by spells of sun shine.

Regardless of this we had a fantastic time, selling a huge number of plants to raise funds for our organisation. The team was on hand to provide advice and information to the public, and we were joined by the food partnership too.

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Thanks to all those who came along to support us.

Happy growing!

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Progression of the new plot on the Weald Allotment.

Start

It looks like we’ll have our work cut out for us!

Allotment start

March

It’s cold, but a few of us are making a start on clearing junk and digging the beds.

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3/04/1016

First digging of the new beds is done. Apple trees are planted and the majority of the junk has been cleared. Good work volunteers!

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10.04.2016

Second digging of the community beds in South plot and the shed is cleared.

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17.04.2016

First earlies go in and measurements for the beds and paths are made.

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24.04.2016

Paths have been layed and beds are dug and weeded a final time in South plot. Makeshift cloches (tents) set-up in North plot. Phew! Time for some vegetables?

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01.06.2016

Individual beds were divided and paths laid in between.

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Next Events

Spring in Your Heels: City Gardening

 Saturday April 16th 2-4pm @ Phoenix community centre garden. TBC.

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The practical sequel to our highly successful Spring Is In The Air: Organic Sowing & Growing presentation which was held on the 5th April.

How to sow and grow vegetables and flowers with Ruth Urbanowicz (our own RHS qualified gardening expert). We continue with the basics of sowing, pricking out and potting on, hardening off and planting out.

Take home a baby tomato plant and some flower seeds to put that new found knowledge to use!

To be held in the newly refurbished courtyard garden at Phoenix Community Centre (to be confirmed and weather permitting).

For more details or to confirm your place please e-mail ruthurbanowicz@live.co.uk.

Free to all members or a suggested donation of £3.

Special Branch

Our friends at Special branch in Stanmer are again able to offer half price trees at 50p each, from January to April. The Trees available this year are Dogwood, Guelder Rose, and Wayfaring trees. These plants would provide the backbone for an excellent wildlife hedge. 20+ box plants(90cm+) for sale at £3 per plant. Great for a windbreak.

Special Branch  are a not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by voluntary workers, guaranteeing local origin for all their plants.

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Free organic food?

We believe that organic fruit and veg should be accessible to everyone, and we’re also big believers in reducing waste, so we were really delighted to see this post crop up on our twitter feed recently (thanks, @OrganicLifeMag!).

Have you found any clever ways to save, extend or even grow new food from old?

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(image courtesy of Organic Life Magazine)

Starting to think about Christmas presents?

Our friends Finca Slow produce amazing olive oil from their heritage organic trees, which were bought as part of a derelive grove and are being renovated under permaculture principles.

Sue, a member of Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group who went to stay at the grove, says “The olive oil is superb, especially the one from the heritage trees.  This is because they pick some olives green, when the taste is great but there is less oil, and blend it with those picked fully ripe when the taste is less good but they produce more oil…I’ve given some of these heritage packs for Christmas presents and they’ve gone down really well!”

Finca Slow are visiting Brighton at the moment and are hoping to establish us as a bit of a hub, so if you’re interested in buying delicious, sustainably produced olive oil as a gift – even for yourself! – please contact us.

Finca Slow olive oil: a great Christmas gift!
Finca Slow olive oil: a great Christmas gift!

Brighton Time to Act week

Did you know that 15 – 21 November is Brighton Time to Act week?

Our friends over at Brighton CAN (Climate Action Network) are organising an amazing line up of events, including a special climate change -themed Allotment Sunday with us on the 22nd November between 11am and 1pm.

The network campaigns for divestment from polluting industries, the creation of a million climate jobs, against fracking and the continued burning of fossil fuels, and for the expansion of renewable energy, energy conservation, cheap and environmentally clean public transport, and a better and safer urban environment for cyclists and walkers.

We hope to see you on the 22nd… if you want to find out more about the events or the Climate Action Network, pop along to their information stall at the Jubilee Library from 12 – 18 November, or visit their website to find out where you can watch a film, make a flag, enjoy a pint or even cycle to Paris!

Brighton Climate Action Network