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RHS Medal for Veteran Rathbone Allotmenteer

RHS Medal for Veteran Rathbone Allotmenteer

On November 30th, David Woodhouse of Rathbone Allotments in Whetstone was presented with a Royal Horticultural Society silver medal and certificate by Kirstie Burgin, chair of the Barnet Allotment Federation, to mark his retirement after 50 years of allotmenting. Fellow members and family gathered for the presentation at the Rathbone Pavillion which, many years ago David had helped to build and which, as he recalled, now stands on what was originally someone’s plot. David also recalled that the allotment was once known as ‘Stoneyfields’, a fact that long suffering fellow plot holders found all too easy to believe! Although David is hanging up his spade and wellies, he is a life member and retains a shed near his old plot, so his colleagues will continue to enjoy seeing him around the allotment.

The Ted Green Memorial Award 2019

The Ted Green Memorial Award 2019

This year two entrants were of such high quality, matching the criteria required, that for the first time joint winners were declared: The East Barnet Allotment & Gardens Association (Cat Hill) and The Bells Hill Allotment Society. Click here for further details.

Site and Plot Competitions 2019

Site and Plot Competitions 2019

The first round of judging of the sites and plots entered into the competitions took place over the weekend of July 13 and the final judging of those short-listed took place over the weekend of July 20. Click here to see the results.

New supplier of green waste compost

New supplier of green waste compost

Now that North London Waste is no longer delivering compost to allotments in Barnet, an alternative source is Greenmantle in Hendon.  Their black stuff is an entirely green waste compost made from the garden prunings produced by the company’s 30 teams who go out doing garden maintenance each day.

For further information, go to the Bulk Supplies section of the suppliers of goods and services page and/or email John Plummer on john@greenmantle.co.uk .

The GDPR and Barnet allotment societies

The GDPR and Barnet allotment societies

The General Data Protection Regulation, which originates from the European Union and which unifies the regulations on the holding, use and retention of personal data across member states, comes into effect on May 25th. It is in the process of being incorporated into British law in a new Data Protection Act, which is currently going through parliament and which will replace the Data Protection Act 1988.

In order for allotment societies in Barnet to manage their sites and let plots, they have to hold information on plotholders and must therefore comply with the requirements of the GDPR. To help them to do so the Federation has updated its advisory paper on data management to reflect the requirements of the GDPR. Copies may be downloaded from the website by clicking here.

One requirement of the GDPR is that societies provide their members and applicants for plots with a privacy notice that says what personal information is held and the purposes for which it is used. The Federation has produced a model privacy notice that a society may use as the basis for its notice. A copy may be downloaded from the website by clicking here.

Reserved website area for societies

Reserved website area for societies

Recently a reserved area has been added to the website. It is accessible only to those societies belonging to the Federation that have registered an account and been provided with a username and password to log in. Information on how to request an account has been sent to all societies by email.

At present, the reserved area offers

  • access to the Federation forum where societies can support each other by exchanging ideas and asking questions about issues around self-management.
  • the means whereby societies may edit and maintain the information about their sites that is shown in the allotment site finder pages.
  • the means whereby societies may edit and maintain the information that the Federation holds about the society, including contact details of society officers.