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BAF Plot Competition 2020 Results

BAF Plot Competition 2020 Results

 In June we announced that this year’s plot competition would be different as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. Instead of judging taking place on allotment sites we went ahead with a photographic competition to see what kind of response we received.

What a success it has been. We received a record number of entries as plotholders spent more time on plots due to lockdown and took advantage of the chance to enter and have their endeavours recognised in photographic format.

For more information, details of the winners and photos of the winning plots,  please click here.

BAF wishes to thank all our participating societies and entrants and we hope that if we can’t continue with our physical judging competition on site next year, we will be able to run a photographic event again.

 

 

The Climate Change Garden

The Climate Change Garden

As our usual members’ meetings are not taking place due to Covid-19 restrictions we decided to make use of, for the first time, the Zoom videoconferencing platform which is proving to be a vital communication channel for increasing numbers of people.

On Thursday July 30th the guest presentation covered the increasingly important subject of climate change which is close to the hearts of allotmenteers. In 2020 we’ve experienced many extremes of weather, from the wettest February on record, to the warmest spring; then autumn-like weather most recently and the hottest day of the year.

The presenter, Kim Stoddart, is a gardening journalist and editor of The Organic Way magazine and also runs gardening courses through her social enterprise Green Rocket.

You can find an outline of the presentation and solutions on our website by clicking here.

If you want to know more and create a climate change resilient allotment plot check out The Climate Change Garden, an excellent book which is available from the authors Sally Morgan & Kim Stoddart (kimstoddartgardening@gmail.com)  

BAF Horticultural Show 2020

BAF Horticultural Show 2020

With the current Covid-19 restrictions in place we have decided to cancel this year’s horticultural show.

We very much hope to hold the horticultural show next year at the Martin Primary School in East Finchley.

We wish all our members a safe and successful growing season.

High Demand for Allotment Plots

High Demand for Allotment Plots

We are currently experiencing via our website high volumes of applications for allotment plots. Demand is far greater than availability of plots during this time. Our Federation allotment sites, there are 44, also receive direct applications and are reporting long waiting lists and some have now closed their lists to new applicants.

In recent years there has been a surge of interest in growing your own food. This has led to a big rise in demand for allotments as more and more people recognise the multiple benefits of being an allotment holder. Having a local space to grow fresh, affordable food, meet others, share tips and knowledge.

We recognise it is a major challenge to meet current demand with plots in short supply and growing waiting lists. Our advice is to be patient for now and consider directly contacting your preferred allotment site during the autumn to find out how your application is progressing.

BAF Plot Competition 2020

BAF Plot Competition 2020

This year we are unable to run the site/plot competitions in the usual way. To keep the spirit of the annual competitions alive the BAF committee is holding a photographic competition just for plots. 

Full details of how to enter and entry requirements have been sent to Society Chairs and Secretaries and may be found by clicking here.  

The closing date for entries will be Friday 25 July and we recommend the photos are taken over the weekend of 18/19 July. Prizes will be awarded by our panel of judges.

So many members have had more time to enjoy and gain benefit from their plots during lockdown and a great number are looking stunning right now. 

We hope that many of our members will enter the competition and we look forward to seeing the photographic entries.

 

Covid-19 updates for allotments

Covid-19 Updates for Allotments

For the latest information during the coronavirus crisis and importantly keeping allotment sites and plotholders safe we suggest you visit the National Allotment Society website. Regular updates and questions and answers can be found on their Covid-19 Emergency Measures page. Go to https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/

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.

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.
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