Friday, February 27
Tuesday, February 24
establishing a framework for Community action to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides
Correspondence from our MEP Linda McAvan on this subject can be read here.
Must admit it makes pretty heavy reading and I'm not sure how it will affect the use of products such as aminopyralid. If anyone battles through the information and has a clear understanding then post a comment.
Monday, February 23
The photo above was taken in my garden and was chosen because I have been rather obsessed with snowdrops this month, mainly due to the fact that I could watch their progress from a house window. They are also the flower that to me signals the end of winter is approaching.
To read my February diary to date and browse the photographs taken on Sunday click here
Saturday, February 21
Last night we watched the Natural World programme A Farm for the Future.
It drew attention to the fact that farming in this country is highly reliant on fossil fuels and that, as the supply of fossil fuel was being depleted, in order to sustain food production, farming methods would have to change. It deduced that in the future more people would have to become involved in the production of food and mentioned that in this was a role for allotments and gardeners growing their own. It was only a short mention at the end of the programme but was an acknowledgement of what people who grow their own food have known for a long time. The problem is that modern housing has little space to enable the creation of vegetable patches and many houses that did have larger gardens have lost part of the land as building plots. As for more allotments in many areas there already are not enough plots to meet the demand. We know that the National Trust is trying to release some of its land for allotments but there will be a need for a lot more.
The programme also drew attention to the need for biodiversity in order to keep the land healthy without having to resort to synthetic fertilisers and pesticides many of which are by-products of fossil fuel processes or oil based. It isn’t just that more people need to grow more food but the need to do this in partnership with nature rather than fighting against it. Again many of us already knew this didn’t we?
If you missed the programme and are interested it is available to view from the Internet click here
Friday, February 20
As a result of John's information I have rewritten the article here. Have a look and see what you think - a sparrowhawk or a goshawk?
Thursday, February 19
Message from Alastair:
The AGM for the Green Lane Allotment Association will be taking place towards the end of March. As part of the AGM new officers will be voted in. The positions available are;
3 committee members
If you would like to put your name forward for any of the above positions then please email me stating the position you wish to be considered for.
The closing date for putting your name forward is Sunday 1st March.
I will email you hopefully this week with the date for the AGM and the venue.
The above information will be posted on the notice boards this week for those without an email address.
What your Association has done for you over the last 4 years:
* Arranged for the council to reconnect the taps that didn't work (50% of all site taps).
* Arranged for skips to be delivered for plot holder’s rubbish.
* Had the car parking area cleared of all the stockpiled rubbish (several times!).
* Cleared and let off most of the derelict plots.
* Obtained planning permission for a new steel palisade fence and gates.
* Had the main gate replaced.
* Had the fence around the main gate replaced.
- Which reduced the ingress of undesirables, so reducing anti-social incidents and also promoting a sense of security by actively implementing the COUNCIL regulation of closing and locking the gates
* Had one pedestrian gate replaced
* Tidied up the communal plot.
* Created a manure storage bay.
* Created a chippings storage bay.
* Raising money for the rest of the fence.
* Raised awareness of site safety and speeding around the site.
* Sunflower competition.
* Vegetable competition.
In short the association has promoted and represented you, the plot holder’s, in trying to get the council to fulfil it's duties for the betterment of the site as well as improving the site facilities through fund raising and implementing the requests of the majority with the monies raised.
Tuesday, February 17
Sunday, February 15
Monday, February 9
Saturday, February 7
Friday, February 6
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Wednesday, February 4
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Sunday, February 1
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