Rubbish dumping

We hire a skip each year (this year two, due to the first being filled in one day), at considerable expense, to allow plotholders to dispose of rubbish. We do not have a regular waste collection due to the cost and practicalities of access. At other times we ask plotholders to dispose of their own rubbish by taking it to Redbridge, or home to add to the normal waste collection if appropriate. Please keep in mind the difficulties of waste disposal when considering whether to bring things that are “bound to be useful” to the site – either you or subsequent plotholders will have to deal with them at some point!

Under no circumstances should rubbish be dumped on other people’s plots, and anyone doing this will be required to remove the rubbish immediately and dispose of it properly. They may also risk being asked to surrender their membership of the Association.

If anyone reading this was responsible for balancing a pile of mostly broken glass on a bramble patch on site recently, please take the earliest opportunity to remove it.

Potato Fair – date for your diary

O&DFAA (Oxford and District Federation of Allotment Associations) will be holding its 1st POTATO FAIR in conjunction with Pennard Potatoes.

On Thursday 22nd  February,  from 2pm – 7pm at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road.

Admission FREE, All welcome

(Parking is very limited on site. Botley Road buses use Osney Island stop. Ten minute level walk from Seacourt Park and ride)

 

More information here: http://www.potato-days.net/  – a large number of potato varieties will be available for sale, as well as onion sets, shallots, fruit bushes and trees, dahlias and gladioli. You can pre-order items from Pennard Plants for collection on the day too.

 

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

 

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