Slow-worms on site

The Urban Wildlife Group have rehomed some slow-worms on their site, so we are likely to see them on the allotments.

These are NOT snakes – they are a type of legless lizard. They are protected under UK law, so please leave them alone

♥♥♥  They eat slugs!  ♥♥♥

Please be aware that they can be poisoned by slug pellets, particularly the metaldehyde type – we sell the less toxic ferric phosphate ones in the shop, which should still be used sparingly.

 

Skips

As the skip we ordered for the work party was mysteriously full to the brim within half a day, we will be having it collected this week and another one delivered to try and meet demand.

The space in this skip costs several hundred pounds, so please use it carefully and wisely –

Pack stuff in carefully – no voids

Only for metals, stone and plastics, for the most part.

No timber – burn it. No organic material – compost it. No soil – it is our most precious resource.

No rubbish from off-site. And please remember there are over 100 EWAA members who might also want to put something in.

No asbestos, plaster board, chemicals. liquids, or noxious substances – we would have to pay penalties.

Workparties this weekend!

Please come and join us for one or both work parties this weekend! We will be tidying the car parks, cutting back brambles, generally sprucing the site up and maybe even clearing out the shop gutters, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th from 10-12. Come on either day or both and please bring work gloves, loppers, gloves, saws, spades, and cake to share if you’d like to. We will have tea and coffee to hand. If you bring your children, please be responsible for them at all times!

Committee members will be on hand to direct proceedings.

These are generally fun events where you can work as hard as you like, and a good chance to meet other plotholders. There are tasks for a range of skill levels too, something for everyone.

Federation talk on Companion Planting , 30th November

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You are invited to an O&DFAA TALK:

 

Companion Planting: How does it work?

Ideas to try on your allotment or in the garden

by

Chris Bird, M. Hort (RHS)

Lecturer in Horticulture

 Sparsholt College, Hampshire

 

On Thursday 30 November at 7.00pm in West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road.

 

 Admission Free                              All welcome

 

Refreshments

Limited parking available.

Botley Road buses – use  Osney Island stop

 

Boundary Brook Nature Park – public meeting on 7th November

Boundary Brook Nature Park is in need of a revamp, and we want YOU to be a part of it. The park, adjacent to our allotment site, is a beautiful fenced-in natural area that brings wilderness to the heart of our community. Since 1990, the Oxford Urban Wildlife Group (OUWG) has been in charge of this vital asset.

OUWG invites you to be a part of an energised membership, and will be holding a meeting on November 7 to discuss how to take this park into the future and to link it more closely to the community. The aim is to make it a natural resource for children’s education, a sanctuary for indigenous wildlife conservation and a place of solace and wonderment for visitors of all ages.

A revitalised OUWG committee would hope to accomplish these aims through active membership participation, school visits and regular open days to the public. Come to the Florence Park Community Centre at 7:30 pm on 7 November to hear about our plans and possibly to be a part of this exciting community resource. 

Fruit!

It’s been a good year for apples and pears, quince too. (Not so great for plums and gages due to a couple of very hard late frosts). We will be getting out the apple presses again on 8th October at 2pm by the shop, please bring apples and bottles along, and come and meet your fellow apple lovers.

There are many trees full of fruit on site, and sadly we have to remind you NOT to take fruit from other plots without permission. There are no vacant plots on site, every one is tenanted, and all the fruit belongs to someone. If you find yourself watching with frustration as fruit apparently goes to waste, and you can’t find the plotholder to speak to directly, contact the committee by email or in the shop and we will do our best to speak to them and see if they might be willing to share.

We have had several incidents of people having their fruit stolen in the past, and will be taking any future occurrences very seriously. Our rules state that anyone stealing fruit is liable to eviction from their plot.

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