Sign up for an allotment

allotment in octoberThere are a number of allotment plots available in Prudhoe. Now is a good time of the year to take on an allotment as you have the chance to build raised beds, turn over and fertilise the soil with manure, put in paths to suit you, get any hedges under control. You even have a chance to put in winter onions and garlic if you are quick.

We have a number of full plots on our Castle Dene site, one full plot on our Redwell site where there is also a half plot available.

If you go down to the Hut (behind the West Wylam pub) on a Saturday morning (open 10 – 12 in October and 10 – 11 in November, you can ask to visit the available plots, agree which one you would like and sign the agreement (with appropriate payment).

Please tell your friends and neighbours if you are already an allotment holder.

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Please support the Prudhoe Community Allotment

Prudhoe Community AllotmentThis message is over on the Prudhoe Community Allotment Site blog and it would be so good if you could support them.

Good afternoon,

Thank you so much for getting involved in Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving initiative  – we were delighted to receive your entry and read about your work – and it brings us great pleasure to let you know that your group has been selected as a shortlisted GRG group!

We received over 700 applications from community groups, clubs and organisations across the UK and we’re really impressed with the work that you do. To make it to the shortlist stage you beat off hundreds of other applicants and were able to clearly demonstrate the positive impact our funding would make in your local community.

In order to fairly allocate the funds now we ask the public to tell us who they would like to receive the funding. We will profile you and all the other shortlisted applicants on our website, www.skiptongrg.co.uk, in your local media, and on our social media accounts (@ twitter.com/SkiptonBS_GRG or www.facebook.com/skiptongrg/), to help raise awareness of the work that you do, and to encourage people to use their vote.

It’s a quick, simple click of the button to vote  – your group will be listed under your geographical region – just click through to your profile and click the vote now button on the page. People can also cast their vote in their nearest Skipton Building Society branch if they prefer.

Voting is now open, and will close on 13 October 2017. The 164 groups with the highest number of votes will each win £500.

We’d like to take this moment to sincerely thank you for being part of our Grassroots Giving initiative, for sharing with us the fantastic work that you do, and for being so active in supporting your local community.

We wish you all the best in the next stage!

Yours sincerely,

Stacey Stothard

The Grassroots Giving Team

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Weighing and measuring your harvest

vegetables in a basketDo local allotment holders in the Prudhoe area weigh up the produce from your allotment regularly? If so, this site may be of interest to you. MyHarvest – the idea is as follows and the site comes with help and instructions as to how to weigh:

MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest) is your opportunity to participate in an exciting research project that will estimate the contribution people who grow their own fruit and vegetable crops are making to UK national food production.

At present, there is a recognition that own-growing in the UK makes a really important contribution to food security, healthy diets and general well-being, but we currently have a poor understanding of how much own-grown food people are able to produce.

This will be key to providing the vital evidence base to support the use of land for growing spaces within our cities and towns, at a time when people are becoming increasingly interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables.

If nothing else you will know if you plot is worth the money you spend on it.

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Information on hosepipe bans

HosepipeThe website http://www.hosepipeban.org.uk/ is a useful source of information on the use of hosepipes and whether there is a ban in your area.

There is also plenty of back history over recent years about hosepipe bans and a number of articles which make interesting reading.

It’s certainly a resource to keep available.

Meanwhile the Royal Horticultural Society has a lot of useful information on water saving in the garden.

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Transition Tynedale’s annual plant swap stall

AllotmentTransition Tynedale’s annual plant swap stall will be held at the Hexham Farmers’ market will this year be on May 13th 2017.

You can take any spare vegetables, or fruit seedlings or seeds to the stall to swap with something you don’t have. This is a good chance to try something knew or replace failed crops, you never know what you might find !

This year Transition Tynedale is also asking for pollination plants for bees and other insects. If you have nothing to swap don’t worry – just give a donation !

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