The Allotment has a busy weekend in its calendar in the middle of October, so please put these dates in your diary now, and join us in the annual Autumn activities:
SATURDAY 16th OCTOBER Work Party Various locations and tasks across the site 10:00~12:00
Apple Juicing Under gazebos outside the Shop Bring clean bottles with a lid, your surplus harvest, and any windfalls 14:00~16:00
SUNDAY 17th OCTOBER Work Party Various locations and tasks across the site 10:00~12:00
EWAA Annual General Meeting Under gazebos outside the Shop 12:00~13:00
Details of each separate event will follow soon, and notices will go up on the gates. We’re really looking forward to seeing you over that weekend, and to welcoming new members who have yet to experience the harvest season at the East Ward site!
The next inspection of plots takes place on October 2nd & 3rd.
With the high demand for allotments at the East Ward site we currently have over 50 names on the Waiting List, therefore if you have not cultivated your plot to the extent required by the association rules it will be re-let to someone else. Oxford City Council owns the land and leases it to the EWAA for the growing of vegetables and fruit crops. The lease requires us to keep the plots in a good state of cultivation.
You can check the Cultivation Guidelines on the website, here.
This weekend our neighbours at the Oxford Urban Wildlife Group are holding an Open Afternoon, Saturday 11th September 2pm ~ 5pm at the Boundary Brook site. There will be guided walks, an Art in Nature Trail, and a wildlife photography competition. This is a chance to find out more about the work they are doing, and to become a member if you’d like to support their projects.
We’ve received a delivery of leaf mould, with some woodchip mixed in. You’ll find the small pile outside the Shop gate. There is no charge for this, but please limit yourself to no more than one barrowload so that everyone gets a chance to use it.
The use of slug pellets which contain the toxic chemical metaldehyde will be banned from March 2022.
Metaldehyde is a poison which can also kill species such as birds and mammals. It is toxic to pets and to people, and rain carries it into drinking water reservoirs.
If you have to resort to slug pellets, some are certified for use in organic growing, and are on sold in the EWAA shop. They contain ferric phosphate which will degrade harmlessly in the soil. However, these pellets also contain chemicals which can be harmful to earthworms and to soil life. Use them sparingly, only 4 or 5 pellets per plant, and only occasionally.
Please DO NOT throw metaldehyde pellets into your household rubbish. Take them to the Redbridge Waste Centre, and contact the committee if you have difficulty getting there.
The Committee has received several reports of plants or produce going missing in recent weeks.
While this can be very frustrating, we do not have many options to solve this problem. A voluntary organisation like ours relies on the goodwill of all members.
We can only remind all members to stick to the Allotment rules, respect other people’s plots and property, and always ensure that gates are locked. If anyone observes suspicious behaviour or thefts of produce, please do contact the Committee by emailing to email@example.com.
We keep a log of incidents and have been able to take action when culprits have been identified.
If tools or valuables go missing, please report the matter to the police and let the Committee know the crime number.