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.

allotment survey

A student from Brookes university has contacted us and requested that anyone interested fill in a survey for his research on allotments:

I  am a geography student who will soon be starting my third year at Oxford Brookes University. I am beginning my dissertation research, and have opted to study allotments for this task. My initial aim is to discover how the benefits of allotments may vary geographically, for example how a rural, semi-rural or urban location for allotments may impact upon the benefits people obtain. I live in the village of Haddenham, and intend to compare responses of allotment holders in Haddenham (i.e. a village environment) with those of allotment holders in a town and a city. I have identified East Ward allotments in Oxford as a site where I can collect data on the benefits allotment holders experience in a city environment. I have created an anonymous questionnaire for allotment holders which has been checked by my project supervisor.  I understand that there are little benefits to be gained by your allotment holders cooperation, however if you would be interested I would be very happy to forward my results to you once I have finished my research.

If you’re able to help by filling in the survey, find it here: East Ward Digital Questionnaire.  Copies are also available in the EWAA shop.

Silt offer

 

The Women’s Institute have dredged their lake at Denman College, and are offering the silt for collection in return for donations to their “saving Denman” appeal which goes to the maintenance of the building and grounds.

 

Shed for sale

Message from Carmen Coxon on plot 10a – contact her directly or send email to us at ewaa-oxford@hotmail.com if interested:

Dear EWAA,

Hello! A friend of mine has a brand new shed (http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/forest-natural-timber-overlap-reverse-apex-wooden-shed—4x6ft-210657) – unassembled – that they are selling for £150 (RRP £239.99). If anyone is interested they would need to pick the items up from Harwell Village.
This 6×4 overlap reverse apex shed features a single door located on the side, offering a twist on the traditional apex design. The compact design of this shed makes …
Thanks and all the best!
Carmen (plot 10A)
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