Members’ meetings

Although our usual members meetings in the form of a gathering are suspended as a consequence of Covid-19 restrictions we have scheduled a meeting for Monday 21 September. Should restrictions on gatherings still be in place we will conduct the meeting using Zoom videoconferencing.

BAF Members Meeting – 30 July 2020

Presentation – The Climate Change Garden

This meeting was made possible using, for the first time, the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Our guest presenter, Kim Stoddart, expertly covered the increasingly important and challenging subject of climate change which is close to the hearts of all 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.

Kim’s presentation confirms the view that it is no longer gardening as usual.  There are many aspects to the potential problems ahead and the importance of how we need to adjust to climate change gardening.

Key issues and solutions presented were:

  • Improving soil , soil health, no dig gardening*, mulching, composting
  • Implementing water saving measures, water retention
  • Designing the plot to cope with extreme weather events, plants stress and damage, low maintenance, raised beds, pests & disease
  • Creating a resilient vegetable plot, growing in blocks, crop rotation, slow it-spread it-sink it
  • Planting a climate change orchard
  • Reshaping a flower garden to be climate change proof, mixed & companion planting, wildflowers
  • Peasant gardening techniques and dealing with weeds
  • Nature holds the answers, biodiversity, attracting wildlife, natures pest control
  • Perennial growing, seed saving

The solutions show how we can strive to shore up our defences for climate change savvy gardening by adopting resilient and new gardening techniques.

*For more information about no dig gardening check out Charles Dowding’s website  He is a leading authority on this technique.

If you want to know more and create a climate change resilient allotment plot this excellent book The Climate Change Garden by Sally Morgan & Kim Stoddart, is available from their website, or by email to

The Federation holds several general meetings a year which are attended by representatives from its member societies. These usually consist of a short business part followed by a workshop or group discussion on a topic of mutual interest relating to self-management, which is intended to enable societies to compare notes and disseminate best practice.

In addition there is a social event, the Plot and Site Competition Prizegiving in October. Those attending are asked to bring food and drink to share, and donations for a plant/seed sale.

The meetings usually take place at 8pm in the Pavilion, Rathbone Allotments, Ryalls Court, Oakleigh Road North, London N20 0RY.

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