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.

Plot and Site Competitions 2018

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.

Finchley Horticultural Society Events

Finchley Horticultural Society Events

FHS invites members of all Federation societies to join a coach trip to Hidcote and Kiftsgate gardens on June 24.  Click here for details.

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.

To date 32 out of 37 societies have had accounts registered. Those that have not yet done so should contact the website editor including the name of the society and the name and society role of the person applying.

Winner of the Ted Green award 2017

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.

Horticultural Show 2017

Horticultural Show 2017

The 2017 horticultural show took place over the weekend of August 19/20. Click here for pictures of the day and here for a report. Details of the prizewinners will follow shortly.

Results of the 2017 site and plot competitions

Results of the 2017 site and plot competitions

Click here to see the results of the competitions.

Website refurbishment

Website refurbishment

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 webeditor@barnetallotments.org.uk. 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.