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August

Stop Press - Kings 2018 seed catalogues are here!

Our King's discount scheme, via the

National Allotment Society, offers very

significant discounts on vegetable and

flower seeds, onion sets and potatoes

over their retail prices.  For example:

  "Moonlight" runner bean - £1.50 (retail £2.55)

  "Autumn King" carrot - 75p (retail £1.20)

  "Giant Imperial" Larkspur - 85p (retail £1.30)

  "Double Blue" Cornflower - 85p (retail £1.30)

  "Cara" potatoes 2.5kg - £4.95 (retail £5.65)

The discount seed scheme is for Duxford Allotment Society members so you will need to join us to order.  Members can log in to visit the Seeds Page

If you would like a catalogue (or to join us) - please email

 

National Allotments Week 14th - 20th August

This year the National Allotment Week theme is “Growing the Movement”;  a celebration of all the hard work put in by voluntary associations, plot-holder volunteers and councils who manage, create, develop and safeguard our valuable allotment sites.

 

Our barbecue on Sunday 20th August is accordingly open to guests and visitors - and especially to new plot holders.   Come along to the Society store (plot 5) from 2pm and bring something for the Barbie.

 

The National Allotment Society aims to protect, promote and preserve allotments and encourages everyone to do their bit.  We can:-

Allotment associations - protect our site, register as an asset of community value

Allotment federations -keep allotments in the public eye, make sure they are mentioned in the Local Plan and lobby councillors and MPs.

Councils - preserve and value allotment services – they have the potential to help deliver public health targets.

Plot-holders - join your Allotment Society and support your regional allotment network to promote the allotment movement.

Aspiring plot-holders - don't be put off by a waiting list– sign up for a plot now; without waiting lists allotment authorities cannot assess demand for allotments.

 

Each year there are several prestigious trophies to be won by Duxford allotment holders.  These can be won by any allotment holder, beginners and expert allotmenteers alike:

 

The Donovan Bunning Shield  - for the best kept allotment

won by Rob Cottle (plot 49)

 

The Di Martino Cup - for the best variety of grown crops

won by Tony Webb (plot 40b)

 

The Gerald Blackaby Trophy - for the best novice plot

won by Martin Whitlock (plot 40a)

 

The Sidney Hughes Trophy - for the best presented crop

won by Libby Earle (plot 14)

 

This year there were four classes for the Sidney Hughes Trophy, with the shield going to the best overall presented crop.

Classes:

  • Carrots - winner Peter waite

  • Onions - winner Derek Chamberlain

  • Runner beans - winner Libby Earle

  • Vase of herbs - Winner Michelle Preston

 

Congratulations everyone!

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Please follow us, like us, post up your allotment news, tips, photos and share.  Facebook will get the news around and help promote the allotments too.

An Asset of Community Value

The Duxford allotments are now registered with the District Council as an "asset of community value".  This means that, should the allotment land be offered for sale or lease, a community group (such as the allotment tenants) would be notified and have the right to bid for the land.  The right is only a limited one; if the tenants decided to bid for their allotments only six months is allowed in which to raise the funds.

 

The Allotment Society applied for this registration in order to  provide an additional layer of protection, over and above that afforded by the Allotments Act, and give a signal that the allotments are a much valued community asset.

Allotment winners!

                              VIsit to RHS Hyde Hall June 17

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Renting a Duxford allotment

Growing your own is a great way to get fitter - and make new friends, allotments being quite sociable places.  

If you live, or work, within three miles of the Duxford parish boundary you are eligible to rent an allotment.  There is currently one full plot available, or you may ask to be put on a short waiting list for a smaller plot.

 

Contact the Parish Clerk for more information.

 

 

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