Horticultural Show 2018
The annual BAF Horticultural Show will take place on Sunday 19 August at Rathbone Allotments, Ryalls Court, Oakleigh Road South, N20 0RY, with staging taking place on Saturday 18 August. Members of all the societies of the Federation and their families may enter produce into the show. Societies are urged to encourage as many of them as possible to participate this year.
Between 12 noon and 5.30 pm on the Sunday the show will be open to the general public to view the entries and to participate in the auction of produce.
The show schedule and entry forms have been circulated to the societies but may also be downloaded from here. The schedule has a few changes from last year’s, so take some time to go through it. Entry forms should be completed by participants and brought to registration on 18 August.
In addition to members entering their produce, jams, cakes, preserves and flowers, they are invited to bake cakes for sale with teas.
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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.
Plot and Site Competitions 2018
The annual plot and site competitions will take place in July. The internal judging is on Saturday 14 July with the final external judging on Saturday 21 July. There are monetary prizes and trophies which will be presented at an awards event later in the year.
Last year 20 societies took part, the highest number so far, and it would be wonderful to have some more entries this year, particularly from the small sites –so why not consider having a go this year? We very much look forward to receiving your entry forms by the closing date of Friday 29 June 2018.
The pack of documentation for the competitions has been emailed to society secretaries. It contains the rules and schedule with a list of small sites, entry forms, judging sheets for guidance, and an application for the Ted Green Award.
Further information including links to download the documentation may be found by clicking here.
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 winner of the Ted Green Award 2017 announced
The winner of this year’s Ted Green Award for an outstanding community project during the last 12 months is the Whetstone Stray Allottees Association. Please click here for further information.
You are now looking at the refurbished BAF website. We have changed the underlying website publishing system to one that should allow us to provide more reliable long-term technical support, and have transferred all the pages and information from the old system. At the same time we have taken the opportunity to give the site a facelift and improve the access to the information it contains.
Please look at the site and try navigating your way round it. Then let us know what you think of it by sending your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. In doing so, please don’t hold back for fear of upsetting us. A website that doesn’t meet the needs of its users is of no use to anyone.