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July Newsletter

Pointalls diverse community

We are very proud of the fact that Pointalls has such a diverse community of members representing a wide variety of ethnic groups, as befits a multi-cultural city like London. Did you know we have plotholders coming from over 20 different countries?

Different groups certainly bring a welcome diversity to sharing and the range of products grown on site!

Testimony to our diversity was winning the Ted Green Memorial Award a couple of years ago for our help in providing a site for the Barnet Refugee Service. They have since moved to another site in Colindale, a more convenient location for their premises and we wish them well.

We want to ensure that we are providing a good service to everyone and to know if there may be particular issues facing different groups.  We would certainly like to hear of any suggestions on how we can address these particular needs and of any problems members are facing. Simply email in confidence info@pointalls.org and we will see how we can help.

 

BBQ

A message from the Pointalls Social Butterflies who wish to say “a big Thank You to all who braved the blazing heat to join last week’s barbecue”.

“A lovely turn out and great to meet you all and thank you for amazing dishes, wonderful company and new friendships. A special thanks for the newly gained knowledge that hotel shower caps make great covers for salad bowls! In response to the enthusiasm to gather together again we will arrange another barbecue on a cooler (hopefully) day in September. Thanks again to everyone”.

 

Thieving and anti social behaviour

It is always disappointing to receive reports of thefts of produce and plants as well as trespassing on plots and in sheds. Unfortunately, plotholders are now reporting a rise in such incidents. We do ask all plotholders to be vigilant and to report immediately any suspicious behaviour or persons on site who are not recognised. You can bring this to the attention of any board member or email info@pointalls.org or phone 07756 190582. Should any plotholder be found beyond doubt to have committed theft or trespass they will (in accordance with site regulations) be evicted. Your safety and security is important to us and we need your help as well as looking out for each other.

 

Federation horticultural show

Do you have the best beans, most appealing apples or juiciest jam? Do you have children who would like to enter a competition for a miniature garden in a seed tray, ugliest vegetable and more? Those are the questions posed by the Barnet Allotment Federation.

Then consider entering the Federation horticultural show. For all the information simply go to https://www.pointalls.org and click on the home page links where you will find all you need to know including the schedule and entry forms. Posters will also be displayed on site gates and notice boards.

 

Nursery Avenue update

The property development is complete, the show home is open and the houses are now for sale. We understand that an application has been made to create gated only access about half way down Nursery Avenue.

Of importance to us all is the matter of our site security. As some of you will know the developers have installed decorative fencing along part of our perimeter, which is not secure, making our site vulnerable to break in. We are in the final stages of receiving quotes for the supply and construction of new security fencing plus a new wider and more secure gate, for installation as quickly as possible.

 

Site developments

We are aiming to submit an application to the council to construct a modern hygienic toilet block in the unused area close to the trading shed. Drainage has now been installed. We would like to hear from anyone who has the skills to assist with the design and planning aspects of our application. If you can help please email: treasurer@pointalls.org.

Soon we will be considering ideas to update and develop the communal area as an amenity for the benefit of all plotholders. It is really important to make this space more appealing and accessible and boost usage across a wider range of activities. We are looking at communal facilities on other allotment sites and as this is an amenity for all to share it would be great to hear from you with any ideas for consideration. Ideas and suggestions please email: sitemanager@pointalls.org

Gardeners using water butts risk spreading legionella germ

That was a recent Sunday Times headline featuring a report based on a scientific paper and also recent advice from the Royal Horticultural Society. The scientific paper warned that “the presence of legionellae in collected rainwater and their aerosolisation through gardening activities like hosepipe use may have important public health consequences”. At Pointalls we have previously offered plotholders advice concerning good hygiene practice when using water tanks where bacteria can get into the water supply.

If you need to know more about this we suggest you refer to the many well informed authorities whose websites provide plenty of information. Meanwhile we do advise that you take care and protect yourself when using water onsite, whatever the source.



July News

Rumours circulating on site

There have been some strange rumours circulating on site alleging that your board regularly throws people out for non-cultivation. There are of course some people who don’t allow facts to interfere with a good story but for those with a more open mind here is the true position.

Since the beginning of 2015 (a three and a half year period) six plotholders have been asked to leave. One was for theft (caught red handed and on camera). Two were for persistent breach of site regulations where the nature of the offences would have put us in breach of our lease with Barnet Council. In one of these cases there was the additional issue of serious anti-social behaviour.

That leaves three terminations for non-cultivation. Of these:

  • One was a plotholder who did no work on the plot over a three year period;
  • One was a new plotholder who never commenced work on the plot and left it uncultivated over an extended period;
  • One had moved overseas and again left the plot uncultivated over an extended period.

Three terminations for non-cultivation in a three and a half year period on a site with 158 plots hardly constitute mass expulsions!

In all cases, as is our policy, the plotholders were given the opportunity to make representations and in all cases (other than the theft) the termination was after a series of letters giving the plotholder the opportunity to correct the breach.

In all cases the plotholders were given the opportunity to remove their equipment and possessions prior to termination. On a couple of occasions when they didn’t do so we have stored equipment of any value to allow them to collect it later. Sadly on a number of occasions they left a large amount of rubbish (an old washing machine and bed in one case) which we had to subsequently clear at a cost to you the members.

On the general question of plot cultivation, we do not expect plots to be candidates for the Chelsea flower show. However allotments are a scarce resource and we have a waiting list. Also uncultivated plots constitute a nuisance to neighbouring plotholders with weed seeds blowing over. We receive a lot of complaints from such plotholders who say we are not being firm enough. It is difficult to please everyone! We carry out periodic inspections of plots, led by our site manager who is keen for this process to be open and transparent and includes non-board plotholders in his walk round. Where plots are well below standard the plotholder is contacted to discuss a programme to get the plot back up to scratch.
Termination is definitely the last option.

We are always keen to hear the views of our members on cultivation as well as other matters and would be pleased to receive your comments.

Summer BBQ
A reminder that the summer BBQ takes place this coming Sunday (15 th ). Please visit the home page and follow the link for more information.

Latest Price List
Our latest trading shed price list is now available. This includes a number of new products and product updates. Please download a copy by clicking on the following link: https://www.pointalls.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Price-List-July-2018.pdf

Bee’s Needs Week
This week is Bees’s Needs Week where we are asked to consider the plight of bees and what we can do to help. Simply Google Bees' Needs Week for more information.



June News – Latest

Green/Organic Waste Recycling – New Initiative

Launching this week is our new initiative. A new skip service will be available exclusively for green and organic waste. These are the recyclable materials which are not required or are not suitable for composting on plots or were previously burnt on the fire site. The green waste skip service will be scheduled on site at frequent intervals.

This is a list of green materials which can be put in the skip and below that is a list of prohibited materials some of which should be taken to the fire site for disposal. Following on from the lists is our rationale for this new recycling initiative.

GREEN/ORGANIC WASTE RECYCLING

PERMITTED MATERIALS FOR THE GREEN WASTE SKIP ARE:

  • DRY VEGETATION
  • GREEN VEGETATION
  • GRASSES
  • GRASS CUTTINGS
  • FLOWERS
  • LEAVES
  • WEEDS
  • PLANTS
  • SHRUBS/BUSHES
  • FRUIT
  • HEDGE TRIMMINGS
  • TREE PRUNINGS NO LARGER THAN:
  • 60cm LENGTH 20cm DIAMETER

PROHIBITED MATERIALS NOT FOR THE GREEN WASTE SKIP ARE:

  • NO SOIL – APART FROM RESIDUE ON PLANT ROOTS
  • NO LARGE BRANCHES OR LOGS (SEE ABOVE FOR DIMENSIONS)
  • NO TIMBER OR TREATED WOOD
  • NO PLASTIC OR PLASTIC BAGS
  • NO GENERAL WASTE OR RUBBISH

FIRE SITE

  • LARGE BRANCHES AND LOGS
  • TIMBER OR TREATED WOOD

Rationale

We considered various options to better dispose of our surplus green waste. That is the amount of green matter not required or unsuitable for composting by plotholders. This resulted from:

  • Our decision to stop fires (following complaints) on individual plots
  • Although we encourage composting the amount of surplus material taken to the dedicated fire site means we are burning large quantities much too often
  • Awareness of environmental considerations and the penalties if causing a statutory nuisance from persistent burning
  • Our borough being a smoke free area
  • And local government proposals to ban bonfires

As we receive deliveries of dark compost from London Waste (recycled from agricultural and garden waste) we pursued the possibility of sending our surplus for recycling. This is a preferable option to burning by turning our green waste into dark compost rather than emitting smoke, fumes and smells prejudicial to the health and well-being of the environment, our neighbours and plot-holders.

We took a proposal to the council, London Borough of Barnet, who responded enthusiastically to our ideas and with their help we can now launch our green waste recycling project.

Operationally we will have scheduled skip deliveries and collections although only with actual experience will we accurately determine usage and frequency. Based on the amount of material deposited on the burning site we estimate a need for several skips annually with frequency based on demand and seasonality.

We have also promoted this initiative with Barnet Allotment Federation and a number of allotment sites are now considering joining the project.

What will happen to our surplus green waste?

The skip loads of organic materials are sent to the London Waste conversion site for processing. The materials are shredded and piled into silos to decompose. The large heaps generate high temperatures to quickly break down the material which is then reintroduced as dark compost for agricultural and horticultural purposes which is primarily suitable as a soil conditioner.



June News

Plot Competition – Entries Wanted

Entries are now being accepted for Barnet Allotment Federation’s annual competition to find the best allotment plot in the area.

Please don’t be put off! Pointalls plot-holders have won this competition in the past. We have not entered for a few years but now with many new plot-holders the time is right to open up the opportunity again to everyone.

Judges are not looking for a show garden. This is not the Chelsea Flower Show. This competition is simply about good allotment gardening. It is a friendly competition with cash prizes, trophies and a social evening for the winners.

Let us know that you are interested in having your plot considered for entry in the competition. You can do this by sending an email as soon as possible to sitemanager@pointalls.org to say you are interested. We will follow this up with you, offer guidance and discuss what needs to be done.

Plot entries have to be registered with the Federation by 29th June. The next important date is 14th July when chosen plots will be visited by Federation judges who then draw up shortlist. The final decision is that of an independent judge who will visit the shortlisted plots on 21st July.

If you think that your plot demonstrates what allotment gardening is about please take up the challenge and email sitemanager@pointalls.org.



May Bank Holiday News

Data Protection – New Privacy Notice

Changes to data protection law came into play on 25th May 2018. We support this positive step which increases your rights to data privacy and security as well as the protection of your personal information. We have published a new Privacy Notice which is available on our website. Simply go to the home page and click on Privacy Policy. Also our website Cookie and Privacy Policy has been updated and this can be found at the same location via the home page. Along with our newly installed SSL (Safety Certificate) it makes our website a safer place for everyone.

New Product at the Trading Shed

Now in stock at the Trading Shed Jobdone weedkiller, available in single use sachets or pack of 6 sachets.

Jobdone is a home and garden weedkiller and can be safely applied when weeds are showing green leaf and actively growing. It’s effective on tough weeds such as brambles, nettles, knotweed and ivy. Once weeds have died they can be dug into the soil or composted and the treated area can be replanted or sown immediately.

A single sachet makes 4 x litres in a watering can or 1 x litre in a sprayer.

Competitively priced:
single sachet £1.50
or save 50 pence
for a pack of 6 sachets @ £8.50



May News

Grand Plant Sale

Finchley Horticultural Society will be holding their annual plant sales event at Gordon Road Allotments (N3). The event will be open on Sunday 20th May and Sunday 27th May when purchases can be made from 10.30am until 1.30pm. See our site notice boards and gates for full details of plants and facilities available.

Nursery Avenue Entrance Closure

The building contractors have informed us that due to essential gas pipe work taking place in Nursery Avenue we will be unable to use this gate from today. They anticipate the work to be completed in time for the entrance to reopen on Saturday (19th). Fortunately, we have the Squires Lane entrance functioning as normal.

Pointalls Website Now Has Additional Security

We have now added greater security to our website. SSL certification is now installed on our server. A padlock symbol can be seen next to the browser’s address bar. As SSL encrypts information we are able to deliver a safer experience for all users of our website.

General Data Protection Regulation

We are in the final stages of preparing for the new GDPR in so much as it is relevant to non profit organisations (allotments are defined as such); complying with the terms of our lease with the London Borough of Barnet and importantly the way we lawfully hold and process personal data relevant to managing the site and tenancies. This new regulation becomes national law on 25th May 2018 by which time we will post our privacy notice on our website, make changes to documentation and implement actions to ensure the security of all processes involved in the collection, storage, use and disposal of electronic and hard copy data.



New Product – Compost Activator

If you are keen to speed up and increase your composting our Trading Shed now stocks Compost Activator which helps to quickly degrade organic garden material.

Use this fine powder Compost Activator to re-cycle both green and dry plant and vegetable matter, grass cuttings, weeds and shredded woody materials to produce rich dark compost. Compost Activator accelerates the natural decomposition process. In summer this may take as little as 6 weeks. With tougher plant material or in winter, the process may take 6 months or more. When finished your compost will be a crumbly, friable mixture ideal for use around the allotment (or garden at home), raising the soil’s organic content, improving soil work-ability and natural fertility.

Can be used on compost heaps, in compost bins and plastic sacks.

The good news too is our price of £2.00 per 2.5kg pack.



Annual Potato Competition

The Pointalls annual challenge is to grow the heaviest crop and highest yield of potatoes from a row of 3 plants. All are welcome to enter the potato competition. For advice on how to enter plus the competition rules please call Paul Castignetti on 07754101306.



April News

Annual General Meeting. To be held on 12th APRIL 2018 at 8pm at St. Pauls Church Hall, 50, Long Lane, London N3 2PU.

This is to notify you that the second Annual General Meeting of Pointalls Allotments Limited is to be held at St. Pauls Church Hall, 50, Long Lane, London, N3 2PU on 12thth April 2018 at 8 p.m. for the purpose of conducting the following business:

To consider and, if thought fit, pass the following as ordinary resolutions:

To approve the minutes of the previous AGM of Pointalls Allotments Limited held 25th April 2017.
To receive the Board’s Annual Report on the Company’s activities.
To receive the annual accounts of the Company for the year ended 31st December 2017.
To reappoint the current Board as directors of the Company.

By Order of the Board

Notes to Members
Any member may appoint a proxy who need not be a member of the Company. Please note that the proxy form must be fully completed in accordance with the given instructions and delivered by the stated deadline or it will be discarded.
If you have mislaid the proxy form sent by post and require a copy please email a request to: secretary@pointalls.org

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