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.