Good news! May swapping event

Have you had some disappointments on your plot — frosted plants, slug damage, poor germination? Don’t be disheartened, there will be a chance to fill those unplanned gaps.

Later on in May the EWAA will hold a plant and seed swap at the Social Area on the Middle Lane.

Keep an eye on the email updates for further details which will be posted to the website once arrangements are confirmed!

Vehicle access restored

At last the heavy rain has stopped and the lanes on the EWAA site have become firm enough to bear the weight of occasional vehicle traffic. This means that members can deliver to their plots again.
However, please note the following dos and don’ts and show consideration to your fellow plotholders.

  • Unload your delivery as quickly as possible, and then park your vehicle outside the site gates if you are staying
  • Make sure that cyclists can get past
  • Do not park on the lanes or on the Social Area (Middle Lane)
  • Do not perform an U-turns – either reverse in and drive out, or drive in and reverse out.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

EWAA Committee

Spring Plot Inspection coming up!

During the week of April 22nd-28th Committee Officers will be assessing the condition of all plots.

We celebrate the wide variety of cultivation styles, the creativity of our members, and the many productive plots on the EWAA site. However, plots must be actively cultivated, and there are currently over 30 people on the waiting list, so this is a gentle reminder that everyone needs to tend their plot. The Cultivation Requirements are here.

If you have any concerns please email the Membership Secretary

Happy spring planting!

EWAA Committee

Hazel poles on offer

Our neighbours from the OUWG ran a hedge-laying workshop recently at the Boundary Brook Nature Reserve. They have left surplus hazel poles on the EWAA site for any allotment members who could use them on their plot.

There are two piles, just before the gates that lead into the reserve, one on the Shop Lane and another on the Middle Lane.

Please help yourself!

Skip onsite next week

The Committee has hired a skip, costing nearly £500, which is for large items of allotment rubbish. Funds are tight, so please only use it for objects that you cannot take home to put out with your domestic rubbish.

There are a number of things that must not be put in the skip:

  • Asbestos – wrap it carefully in a double layer of plastic and take it to Redbridge
  • Building materials (plasterboard, bricks, paint, etc.) – take it to Redbridge
  • Noxious substances – take to Redbridge
  • Metal – add it to the pile beside the Shop
  • Timber – add it to the pile beside the Shop
  • Soil & any green/organic matter – compost it or take it home

Old carpet is harmful to the soil and not allowed on site, so if you come across any please remove it from your plot and add it to the skip. Digging out carpet can be tricky, so if you find any please follow this link and submit your details to help coordinate removal of the contaminating material.

If you have any questions about these instructions please contact the Membership Secretary.

From the EWAA Committee

Oxford Urban Wildlife Group – Open Afternoon on Good Friday

There’s exciting news from the OUWG who run the nature reserve next to the allotments. The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment has confirmed new funding for a vital Grassland Restoration & Living Libraries project on the nature reserve, as featured in the Oxford Mail last week, read more here.

The OUWG invites all EWAA members to come to the nature reserve, find out more and get involved. Join the Spring Celebration Public Open Afternoon and get close to nature this Friday. Bring your family and friends.

Thank-you from the Committee!

Last Sunday 33 EWAA plot-holders attended the EGM at the allotment Shop to discuss the association’s constitution, and to ratified the revised document and accompanying licence. Minutes of the meeting will be published later this week on the usual page (Committee Meeting Minutes).

Both of the documents approved are available to view:

This is an important first step in the process of forming an incorporated body which will happen over the course of the next few months. Watch this space!


EWAA Committee

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