20th May - Allotment Intruders & West Jesmond Allotments Open Day
Intruders on Moorside - During the course of Monday night – we think we have pinned it down – it appears that intruders entered the site and opened a selection of shed doors at the top of the middle lane and down the west lane. There were also one or two sheds opened down the east lane but not as extensive. Damage seems to be minimal if any and although things have been taken from several sheds, many of the ‘spoils’ have been found either on the pathway or left in other plotholders’ gardens. However, there are some items which have not been recovered, so if you find things on your plot which don’t belong to you, please bring them down to the shop over the weekend between 10 am and noon and we will try to repatriate them with their owners! Similarly, if you find items missing, please report to the shop also.
West Jesmond Allotment Association is holding its annual Open Day and Plant Sale on Saturday 3 June from 11am to 2pm. The site can be accessed from Forsyth Road, Highbury or Cemetery Road by the Lodge and all are welcome. Please go along and support your local community. For further information, contact: Barbara Owens, WJAA Membership Secretary
17th May Cancellation of Coxlodge Open Day and Trading Hut Rota
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the planned open day at Coxlodge allotments planned for 20th may has been cancelled.
In brighter news, an updated trading hut rota is now available (volunteers always welcome)
11th May - Newcastle Parks & Allotments, and Armstrong Allotments & Fairways Allotments Plant Sales
The future of Newcastle’s parks and allotments – consultation
Thank you for taking the time to share your views on the future of Newcastle’s parks and allotments. We are grateful to everyone who sent us their views, including taking part in the online consultation, drop-in sessions and workshops.
Newcastle City Council is currently analysing all of the responses. As there are restrictions in place on the information that councils can publicise during a pre-election period, we will be providing feedback after the General Election which is on 8 June.
The consultation findings will be published on Newcastle City Council’s website: www.newcastle.gov.uk.
The consultation is now closed, but if you have any further questions or feedback, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armstrong Allotments & Fairways Allotments Plant Sales
Fairways Allotment Association is holding its annual Open Day and Plant Sale on Saturday 3rd June 10am – 2pm and they’d be delighted if you were able to help them publicise this through your mailing lists. There will be Tea / Coffee and Refreshments available. The site can be accessed from Manor Park , across from the Newton Public House,NE7 7FS and all are welcome
Armstrong Allotments would like to invite you along to their annual plant sale on Saturday 20th May. There will be hanging baskets for sale , fruit & veg, the shop will be open and much more. Please support your allotment associations. I can see this being a busy day across the city and a good opportunity for all sites , no matter how old to celebrate 100 years of allotment growing. EVERYONE WELCOME. We look forward to seeing you. Entrance to allotments via Crompton Road, Heaton NE6
7th May - 2017 Allotment Forum Meeting & Greening Wingrove News
The 2017 Allotment forum will be held on 17th June at the Civic Centre. More details can be found here.
Greening Wingrove have put out a large update which includes information on a number of events & opportunities and can be found on the Local Events page
21st April - The Return Of the Plant Scheme & Allotment Working Group Raffle
As Spring gets into full swing, the Moorside Plant Scheme returns to cover your blushes for failed, missed or poor sowings, as well as providing a range of plants that you might not have considered or just decide to go for on the spur of the moment. The Plant Scheme will open it's doors for the first time in 2017 on Saturday 22nd April, and will open every Saturday & Sunday, 10-12 until the plants run out. For more information on what's in stock, head over to the plant scheme page
In other news - Newcastle Allotment Working Group are running a raffle with a prize of a night at the Sanderman Signature Hotel (opposite St James’ Park) and a “spend” in the Shark Club - perfect if you fancy a night away from the kids or if you've a visiting relative who you'd like to keep at arms length. Raffle tickets are 20p each or £1 a strip and can be bought from the plant scheme garden from 10am to 12 noon from Saturday 23rd April and Sunday 24th April and throughout May (winner to be drawn in June)
18th April - Filming On Moorside
Active Newcastle are filming on Moorside on the 19th April, to create a 30 second clip around the "What Moves You" messages and help promote a positive approach to activity. If anyone is interested in appearing, they'll need to sign a consent form in advance or on the day
16th April - Committee Minutes & Skip
The skip is now full - please don't attempt to put any more rubbish in as the company won't collect if it's over-loaded.
The March Committee Minutes are also available to read via the committee page
14th April - Easter Trading Hut Opening
In addition to normal opening on Saturday 7 Sunday, the Trading Hut will be open on Bank Holiday Monday from 10am-midday for all your growing needs. A revised stock & price list has also been published
12th April - Easter Skip
Our Easter skip is arriving tomorrow, 13th April and will be situated adjacent to the toilets on the west lane. Whilst it provides a prime opportunity to clear your plots of uwanted rubbish, please note that the following materials should NOT be put in it:
- Metal (this can be left tidily and safely behind the trading hut to be collected by our local scrap merchant).
- Any substances which are deemed notifiable eg. Asbestos. If you find anything of this nature, please get in touch with a committee member immediately and we will arrange safe disposal with the Council.
Finally, please load the skip sensibly and empty out plastic bags into it rather than piling them up full. It takes less room!
Chairman and Shop Manager
10th April - Jam Jars Wanted
The Moorside Jam Mafia are currently urgently looking for 350ml jam jars to help process the piles of donated fruit into jam. All donations of jars are gratefully received - please drop them off at the trading hut during the usual opening hours, if if the hut is closed they can be left on the bench opposite the hut
1st April - Greening Wingrove & The "Future of Newcastle's Parks Consultation"
We have already posted on the website the details surrounding the possible devolved management of the City’s parks and allotments to a charitable trust. I hope you have had an opportunity to go along to some of the sessions which have already taken place to learn more of the proposals. If not, and bearing in mind many of our gardeners fall within the Wingrove Ward, Greening Wingrove has arranged two special sessions at the Civic Centre on 5th and 6th April. Councillor Nigel Todd has outlined the details of the sessions below and has issued an open invitation to you to attend.
This is your opportunity to have your say, especially as to whether you agree or disagree that the proposals should include allotments. Do try to get along.
Chairman, Moorside Allotments Association.
As you may know, the City Council is looking at the possibility of moving the management of the City’s parks (including Nuns Moor Park) and allotments to a ‘Parks Trust’. There is little detail as yet, but several consultation events have been held.
Greening Wingrove CIC has arranged a session for our members and friends to find out more. This will be on Wednesday 5 April at the Swan Parsons Committee Room, Civic Centre, 6.00-8.00 pm. There will also be an additional session on the following evening, Thursday 6 April, again at the Civic Centre from 6.00 pm. More details are here: https://letstalkparks.co.uk/events/?m=04&y=17
If you would like further background information, then the following two links should be of help:
- Newcastle Parks Forum: https://www.facebook.com/Newcastle-Parks-Forum-396870503843735/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE
- Newcastle City Council: https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news-story/have-your-say-about-future-newcastles-parks
The Greening Wingrove CIC strategy group that is looking at the future of Nuns Moor Park, as part of our work underway to set up a Friends of the Park group, is also seeking to shape options for how our local park could develop in the future. If you would like more details, please get in touch.
As it happens, we’ll have our own park consultation in Nuns Moor Park on Wednesday 12 April 2017, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, during the next Greening Wingrove festival that is currently being planned. If you would like more details of the festival, do contact: email@example.com
Lastly, for now, Greening Wingrove has been invited to visit two of the City’s Friends of Parks Groups, and you would be very welcome to join in:
- Gosforth Park - Monday 3 April, 10.00 am – 12 noon
- Heaton Park – Monday 24 April, 5.30-6.30 pm.
Just turn up at the Parks, or contact Andrew Teasdale at the WEA Greening Wingrove Project for details (e: ATeasdale@wea.org.uk).
Greening Wingrove CIC
Tel: 077 11 286 711
1st April - Compost Ahoy!
Moorside have been contact by 2 separate groups offering compost / soil improver
Newcastle Council Soil Conditioner for £21.00 per tonne (delivered), and can deliver up to 6 tonnes at a time. If you are interested , you can book either direct on 0191 2783942, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Greenleaf Compost & Soil Conditioner for £60 for a 2 tonne load (see flier for more details) call 01670 823042 or e-mailing email@example.com
22nd March - Slugs & Snails Guide
With spring coming, and by popular request, Frank's guide on the various ways to keep on top of the inevitable wave of slugs & snails has been republished from the 2015 Newsletter on the Wildlife page.
21st March - Local Parks Consultation & Committee Minutes
Newcastle Council is running a 3-month consultation about the future - and possible transfer of responsibility to a charitable trust - of Newcastle's parks. More information on this can be found here
16th March - Trading Hut Rota
An updated trading hut rota is now available on the Trading Hut Page
10th March - More Trading Hut News - Spring Supplies Now In Stock
Our allotment shop is now back to summer opening with immediate effect. We are now open from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays. To aid your seed planting we have got in a new supply of Humax Original with silver sand as well as our usual multi-purpose and organic varieties.
We have also taken delivery of another huge load of farmyard manure which is still selling at £1 a barrow. A new consignment of paraffin has also been delivered today but for the first time in our shop history we are having to put the price up to £1.20 a litre or £4.80 for a 4-litre can. We have absorbed increased ‘wholesaler’ prices up to now but have reached a point where we are having to pass them on. On the plus side, however, our paraffin prices are still way below outside retailers, which is why our sales are so good.
Just a note too, that the water will be turned back on before the end of the month if the current mild weather continues. Bearing in mind that the stopcock for our supply is on the moor adjacent to our site, we intend switching it back on before the cows return for the summer season on 31st March.
Moorside Shop Manager
10th March 2017.
7th March - Trading Hut News
As spring starts to take hold, the Trading Hut is resuming its traditional opening hours of 10am-midday every Saturday & Sunday. A revised price list is also available on the Trading Hut Page
6th March - Allotment Break-in 5th/6th March
(NB - a fuller version of this has gone out via e-mail to all plotholders)
We had a very serious break-in last night with equipment and cash taken. The police have been called and I have been on site most of the day with several other Moorsiders trying to sort things out.
It seems from what we have seen and from initial reports coming in from some of you that the intruders have been through the whole site, breaking open sheds, wrecking furniture, kicking down fences amongst other things. In relation to sheds, we have not heard of anything having been taken to date. Even our red letter box by the main gate had been forced open.
To make sure the police have the full inventory of stolen goods and damage, please could each of you go down to your Moorside gardens as soon as possible and just check things over. Should anything be missing or if you want to report damage etc, we have an Incident Reference Number 429 and a Crime Reference Number dated 6th March – 024351P/17. The Police Officer who came down was PC 670 Lindsay from 2417 Response Team. You can reach him by dialling 101, and he would like to hear from anyone who has been a victim of this burglary, especially if goods have been taken.
The equally alarming thing about all this is that the east gate was wide open this morning with the undamaged security lock clicked shut, indicating that the thieves had an entrance key to our site. If anyone has recently lost a gate key, please let any of the Committee know. Right now, it is a possibility that entry was made simply by unlocking the gate, making it much easier to wheel the generator and any other equipment out of the allotments.
If you have any further queries, please get in touch.
6TH March 2017.
1st March - NAWG Raffle & Greening Wingrove News
We are pleased to take part in a raffle organised by the Newcastle Allotment Group. A few tickets are left but the raffle must end this weekend (4th and 5th March). Give it a go! And good luck!
Greening Wingrove are looking for volunteers to help giving out trees - for more information, please see The Local Events page
13th Feb - AGM & Committee Minutes
It might be cold enough to freeze the brass monkeys off a brass monkey outside, so until the warmer weather arrives, the 2017 AGM minutes, and the January committee meeting minutes are available to read indoors
31st January - Kings Seeds Potato Order
In more potato news: Dave Vincent has received the Kings Seeds potato order and they will be available for collection from this Saturday, the 4th February
24th January - Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Potato (And Trading Hut Rota)
The Trading Hut's spring stock of seed potatoes have just arrived to supply all your potato-based needs at bargain prices of only £2 per 2kg bag. See the Trading Hut page for more details on varieties available: Buy early to avoid disappointment
A revised trading hut rota is also available for those brave souls manning the trading hut through the cold weekend mornings - new volunteers always welcome, bring your own gloves.
23rd January - Social Media
Following the AGM on the 19th January, we are formally adopting the use of a Moorside Facebook group to help plotholders communicate with each other (especially at this time of year when it's a bit too cold to be outside too much). For more information head over to the new Moorside Online page
2nd January - AGM & New Years Resolutions
The Poster for this years AGM is now available - nomination forms for committee positions are available from the trading hut
If your new years resolutions involve having a clear-out, then the Moorside Jam Mafia are keen to help recycle any patterned cotton shirts, blouses etc (which can be recycled as jam pot covers); and well as any frozen fruit lurking in the bottom of your freezer. Any material can be dropped off at the Trading hut; or pop over to our trial Facebook Group (you'll need to request to join and have this approved first) to arrange any donations.
22nd December - AGM & Trading Hut
The Moorside Allotments Association AGM will be held on Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm in St James & St Basils Church Hall. The agenda & reports will follow after Christmas, however the minutes from the 2016 meeting are available via the AGM Page Please note: this was previously incorrectly advertised as 7.00pm due to Christmas gremlins entering the works)
The Trading Hut will be open on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve from 11am till midday for all your paraffin, birdseed and other festive growing needs. Christmas Top Tip: Hand trowels make good emergency Christmas presents for unexpected Christmas guests
17th December - Ben Rudden
We were very sorry to hear of the death of former Moorside gardener, Ben Rudden. Ben and Jean worked plot 30 for many years and even since he ‘retired’ from the site, they have both been loyal supporters of our plant scheme, the shop and the annual show. When Ben left Moorside, we were delighted to make both he and Jean honorary members of our site.
The funeral is being held at 10 am on Monday 19th December at St Robert’s Church, Bolbec Road, Fenham.
7th December - Tis The season To Think Securely
Reports are coming in that a number of local allotments are being targeted by gangs stealing equipment (West Denton & 3-Mile Allotments have already been subject to break-ins). Plotholders are requested to take anything valuable home for the winter to avoid it ending up being sold in a pub on a Friday night
28th November - Christmas "What's On" Roundup
From Craft Fairs to Christmas Cafe's via Dog-Friendly Carol services, the Local Events Page is now listing things to do over the festive period
25th November - Trading Hut Rota
18th November - Winter Is Coming: Trading Hut, Water & Committee Updates
As winter approaches, the site water supply will be turned off and drained this weekend and won't be turned back on next spring; which also means that the toilets will be closed until the spring as well for reasons of hygiene. .
The Trading hut will also be going into winter hours as of 26th November, and will only be open from 11-12 on Saturdays & Sundays until the weather gets a bit warmer. The Trading Hut will continue to stock the full range of products, including paraffin for your heaters, and news will be coming soon about seed potato stocks for next spring
Exhibition Park is hosting a pair of Christmas Crafts events in December - more information on the events page
Finally, the September & October committee minutes are available on the committee pages
5th October - Fruit On The Tyne Conference (5th November)
A conference for community gardens, farms and orchards in the North East is being held on Saturday 5th November, 9:30am – 3:30pm at Nunsmoor Centre, Studley Terrace, Arthur's Hill, NE4 5AH. More information is available on the Local Events page
1st October - Seed Catalogues
With the 2016 season drawing to a close and gardeners busy digging over the ground in readiness for next year, we are pleased to focus your minds even more on next season’s planting!
KINGS SEEDS CATALOGUE
The 2017 Kings Seeds catalogue is now available either from the Trading Hut during opening hours or just take one from inside the notice board cases at the East Gate and the Main Gate.
As usual, Dave Vincent has kindly offered to co-ordinate orders, so complete the form and put it in an envelope marked Kings Seeds FAO Dave Vincent. All orders must be accompanied by payment in advance, with cheques being made payable to Moorside Allotments Association. Either deliver it to Dave on Plot 8, drop it off at the Allotments Shop or post in the red letter box (secure) by the main gate.
Kings Seeds pass back up to 17% of the value of all orders, which goes to our Allotment Association, so your support benefits everyone.
To save you postage, Dave will have all orders delivered to him in bulk for collection from the Allotments Shop. We’ll let you know when your order comes in.
Please could you make sure your orders are delivered to Dave on plot 8, the allotments shop or posted in the red letter box no later than 29th October 2016.
THOMPSON & MORGAN SEED/PLANT CATALOGUES
We have also received our 2017 batch of vegetable seed, potato, flowers and fruit catalogues from Thompson & Morgan. The orders are being co-ordinated by the Shop Manager, Susan Pownall and the catalogues are available from the shop NOW!
There is a 50% discount on seed orders with free postage. Plant orders qualify for a 20% discount but you pay postage. Once again, completed order forms – with your name and address - and remittance should be dropped off at the shop marked THOMPSON & MORGAN ORDER. FAO SUSAN POWNALL. Or, outside shop hours, please post in the red letter box by the main gate. When enclosing your remittance, please ensure you have deducted the appropriate discount, which benefits you personally. Please make cheques payable to Thompson & Morgan. Orders must be received at the Allotments Shop by 30th November 2016 at the latest.
All Thompson & Morgan seed orders will be delivered in bulk to Susan, who will let you know when they are available for collection from the Allotments Shop. Non-Seed orders will be sent to you directly from Thompson & Morgan at the correct time for planting.
Any queries, please email Susan
We advise you keep a copy of your order form for future reference.
30th September 2016.
30th September - Trading Hut Rota
An updated trading hut rota is now available on the Trading Hut page
It is with great sadness that I learned this afternoon that Peter Whewell, our former Chairman and dear friend, has died earlier today after a brave battle with cancer. His wife Liz said he died this morning at home, where he wanted to be at the end. As Liz said “I know for Peter it was time to go and he died peacefully in his sleep.” Like Liz, I am sure that all who knew him will miss him dreadfully. His dry sense of humour and endless energy, as well as his ability to keep us all on our toes on the allotments will contribute to the lasting memories of a great man.
Peter had been Chairman of Moorside Allotments and also a key member of the Newcastle Allotments Working Group for a number of years during which time his professionalism, enthusiasm and intellect saw many positive changes not only to our Moorside allotments scene but also across the city. His input into the Allotments Strategy for the City has helped to raise standards and sustainability in a pastime which we all enjoy now and hopefully well into the future.
Peter and Liz maintained a wonderful garden on Moorside and won many top awards both in our own annual Moorside Allotments Competition and in the annual City Allotments Competition. Peter’s efforts also saw Moorside win Best Large Allotment Site in the City as well as several second and third places over the years.
Peter has been an example and inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed.
Chairman, Moorside Allotments Association
19th September 2016.
Peter's funeral has been arranged for 11.45 Thursday
If people would like to make a donation, Peter's charities were The Mountain Bothies Association and The John Muir Trust which is dedicated to protect wild places, they care for and own Ben Nevis, Scheihallion, Sandwood Bay, amongst many others, donations can be made on the day.
Liz and Peter Whewell at the Moorside Show 2013
24th September - Moorside Committee Minutes
The August Committee meeting minutes are now available via the committee page
20th September - 2016 City Show: 25th September
The 2016 City Show takes place this weekend, and both exhibitors and donations for the show are being sought - see the new City Show page for more information
3rd September - Show Now 7 Days Away
With the show now only 7 days away, the show brochure is now available giving all the details of what's on at the show
26th August - Countdown To The Moorside Show
The 2016 Moorside Show is now only 2 weeks away (12.30pm Saturday 10th September), and the entry brochure is now available to download here, with the printed version available very soon at the allotment gates. Please be aware that entry slips for the show must be received no later than 2pm on Friday 9th September.
The show organisers are also looking for Exhibitors, donations of Raffle Prizes, Cakes to sell, Books/CD's/DVDs, Jams & Chutneys etc - see the poster for more details.
25th August - Moorside On Instagram
Moorside is being brought kicking & screaming into the world of social media - if you're an Instagram user please check out the #moorsideallotments hashtag and feel free to tag any of your Moorside related uploads with it
19th August - Trading Hut Price List
17th August - July Committee Meeting Minutes
15th August - Harrogate Autumn Flower show
Tickets are now available for the Harrogate Autumn flower show - Sunday 18th September 2016
A special trip for NAS members and friends
- Only £20 per member including entry
- £25 for non-members
- Depart Newcastle north 8.00am. Return at close of show 4.30 pm
- Calling at up to 4 points on route depending on demand. Newcastle North, Silverlink, Washington services, Bowburn services
- Send a cheque for £20 per member with booking form (click here) to John Doherty at the address below. Late applications – ring John to check availability
The small print
- This trip is only for members and non-members of the national allotment society and friends.
- Please use the booking form attached
- Advance payment required with booking. Cheques preferred. This is not refundable except if there is insufficient support when all applicants’ cheques will be returned.
- All bookings will be acknowledged and tickets issued after 1st September
- The bus will start from somewhere north of Newcastle depending on demand at 8.00 am sharp on Sunday 18th September.
- Exact start point and pick up points will be notified with the acknowledgement.
- There will be a maximum of 4 pick ups. Full details on tickets.
- Drop offs on return will be the same as the pick up points.
- Maximum 53 bookings.
- The bus will leave the show ground bus park at close of show, 4.30pm sharp.
- Return to start around 6.30pm
25th July - City Show & Allotments Competition, Swop-A-Lot Event, & June Committee Minutes
CITY ALLOTMENTS COMPETITION 2016.
A message from your Chairman.
Once again, Moorside has proved to be one of the most attractive sites in the city, coming third in the Best Large Site category for the second year running. Despite the late start and some adverse weather conditions, the majority of our allotments looked spectacular with masses of produce and colour. Not only that but we have picked up a further four awards in the competition categories, which were all judged during the first week in July. Well done to our selected gardeners!
All this is down to you, our allotmenteers but also I would like to extend an extra special thank you to all the ‘invisible’ volunteers who cut the grass, trim hedges, weed borders, cut back briars and branches over paths, fill the planters and communal flower beds, de-weed the paving stones and all the other jobs that go on to make Moorside such an attractive allotment site and also go a long way to ensure our place on the City Allotments Competition podium!
Chairman, Moorside Allotments Association
Best Half Plot
4th Mr & Mrs Hindmarsh Denton Bank (Fenham)
4th Allan Forsyth West Jesmond (Jesmond)
3rd Andy Watt & Melissa Whitehead Tweed Street (Elswick)
2nd Billy Herbert Woodlea Gardens (Gosforth)
1st June Theiss Three Mile (Gosforth)
Best Full Plot With Glass
4th Julie Herbertson Benwell (Benwell)
4th Dean Dodds Highbury South (Jesmond)
3rd Tony Jopling Westmacott (Newburn)
2nd Stan & Audrey Tortoise Moorside (Fenham)
1st Dave Ramsay Three Mile (Gosforth)
Best Full Plot Without Glass
4th Brian Barnes West Jesmond (Jesmond)
3rd Nick & Gina Coster Moorside (Fenham)
2nd Grahame Crozier Rectory Road (Gosforth)
1st Irene Bates Tweed Street (Elswick)
Best Organic Plot
4th Philip Cheung Three Mile (Gosforth)
3rd Lydia Appleby West Jesmond (Jesmond)
2nd Alan Parker Benwell (Benwell)
1st Alfie Russell & Peter Mills Walkergate 3B (Walkergate)
4th Christina Lepcha Tweed Street (Elswick)
3rd Lisa Young Coxlodge (Fawdon)
2nd Peter Heads Woodlea Gardens (Gosforth)
1st Norma Slee Denton Bank (Fenham)
Most Wildlife Friendly Plot
4th Christine McFarlane Armstrong (Heaton)
3rd Honor Cooper West Jesmond (Jesmond)
2nd Sue Brophy Moorside (Fenham)
1st Kevin Egdell Thropton Terrace (High Heaton)
Best Group Project
4th Grow School Moorside (Fenham)
3rd SJV Primary School West Denton (Denton)
2nd Crisis Skylight Walkergate 3B (Walkergate)
1st West Jesmond School & Comm Garden Highbury South (Jesmond)
Best Large Site
4th Armstrong Armstrong (Heaton)
3rd Moorside Moorside (Fenham)
2nd Three Mile Three Mile (Gosforth)
1st Denton Bank Denton Bank (Fenham)
Best Small Site
4th Rectory Road Rectory Road (Gosforth)
3rd Fenham Model Fenham Model (Fenham)
2nd High West Jesmond High West Jesmond (Jesmond)
1st Thropton Terrace Thropton Terrace (High Heaton)
Most Improved Site
Benwell Benwell (Benwell)
A message from the Judges
Thank you all for allowing us to visit your sites and to those of you who took the time out to show us around a big thank you.
Despite the slow start to the growing season the stand of crops in comparison to when we last undertook the role as judges has increased in quality and variety.
We found it fascinating that allotment holders have a unique knack of being innovative in utilising space for crops and wildlife along with the fantastic ways of recycling materials!
We loved some of ways in which allotment holders are utilising water harvesting and the number of ponds on sites was great to see, as well as the living roofs!! Some ideas we’re sure we will take forward to use elsewhere in the city.
We were amazed at the level of work in the Newcomers category and how quick they are getting returns for their hard work.
Some of the more established plots failed to disappoint – especially those with glass.
A number of sheds prove to be home from home and I we would recommend the suggestion for best shed / allotment holders retreat to be forwarded as a new category for next year.
Thanks again to everyone who entered and we look forward to judging all the plots in 2017 which is a centenary year for a good number of sites across the city.
It was a pleasure judging.
City Allotments Officer
2016 NEWCASTLE ALLOTMENT AND GARDEN FETE 2016
EXCITING NEW VENUE THIS YEAR!
Budding gardeners and green-fingered enthusiasts are invited to show off their gardening skills at the annual Newcastle Allotment and Garden Fete (as it is held outdoors this year). Newcastle Allotment and Garden Fete 2016, organised by Newcastle City Council in partnership with the city’s Allotments Working Group (AWG), will be on Sunday 25th September, all taking place in a marquee within the beautiful setting of Leazes Park, Newcastle’s oldest park, close to the city centre. The event promises a fun filled weekend for friends and family, including entertainment, children’s activities, music, funfair rides, circus skills, children’s crafts, raffles, stalls selling a wide range of flowers, produce and preserves, advice on bee keeping and organic gardening and much more.
The public show starts at 11am on Sunday 25th September, when it will be officially opened by the 800th Lord Mayor of Newcastle’s Mayoralty and Burgesses (better known today as the Freemen of Newcastle). Over the years these valued institutions are credited with giving Newcastle stability, social cohesion, justice, law and administration. The city’s allotment and gardening tradition is testament to the community spirit embedded in our cultural heritage. To honour this important anniversary, Lord Mayor Councillor Hazel Stephenson will open the 2016 Newcastle Allotment and Garden Fete and will also be involved in judging some of the exhibits.
If you are wondering whether it is worth entering the Allotment Show as an exhibitor, it is. We need to promote and showcase allotments in Newcastle and this venue is the best place to do that.
The Allotment and Garden Show Fete will draw to a close at 4pm. For more details, contact Newcastle Allotments Officer, Mark Todd, on 0191 278 7878
NATIONAL ALLOTMENTS WEEK
THROW A PARTY!
National Allotments Week exists to highlight how brilliant allotments are. They not only bring communities together, provide space for growing and fresh air for individuals and families alike, but they benefit wildlife and help to keep our cities breathing. National Allotments week commences 8th August through to 14th.
NSALG are asking sites to throw a party following last year’s success. For more information go to NSALG‘s website.
A Swap-a-lot is being held at Whitley Bay metro station on Sunday 31st July - for more information visit the Local Events page
1st July - Nuns Moor Food Festival
27th June - Greenhill Allotments Open Day
Greenhill Allotments are holding a plant sale & open day on Sunday 3rd July. More information is available on the local events page
25th June - Annual Gardening Awards
It’s that time of year again when all our plots are inspected, with the help of an external judge, to find the most outstanding gardens in a variety of categories. For our seasoned gardeners, you will have been building up to this event all year, finding every weed, making sure your external boundaries are clipped and tidy, clearing rubbish from behind the shed and most of all, bringing on that wide variety of flowers and vegetables, all adding to the WOW factor!
For those of you who have not been on Moorside very long, there is a chance for you to shine too, so don’t be put off – just look at the list of award categories below. How about striving for Best Newcomer?
The judges will be making their decision on 28th June 2016, so we all have a few days to make our gardens look as appealing as possible.
These are the categories our judges will be seeking to put a winning name against and it could be you!
- Best Half Plot
- Best Full Plot with Glass
- Best Full Plot without Glass
- Best Organic Plot – judged on recognised organic methods
- Best Newcomer – must have had a plot less than 1 year
- Most Wildlife Friendly Plot – judged on the number of wildlife features but also fitting in with good allotment management
- Best Group/Community Project
The worthy winner in each category will receive an award at a special ceremony at our Moorside Show on 10th September in recognition of their achievement and all their hard work.
Not only but also.........
City Allotment Competition 2016.
The winning gardens of our own Moorside Annual Awards will also form the basis for consideration in the City Allotments Competition 2016, which is judged by the City Allotments Officer and external gardening experts. This judging is taking place between 5th and 7th July 2016.
You will have seen from the website and the notice boards how well Moorside did in the 2015 City Competition, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in several categories. Of special importance was Moorside Allotments achieving third best site overall throughout the City, in which there are now 65 allotment sites all competing for that top prize. Can we do better this year? Yes we can – if we all pull together to make each of our gardens, perimeters, hedges and fences look the best in town!
Let’s go for it!
Chairman, Moorside Allotments Association.
16th June - Trading Hut Price List & Rota, Plus Committee Minutes
6th June - "Green Wednesday" Midweek Plant Scheme Returns
The Plant Scheme will be holding another "Green Wednesday" evening opening on 8th June between 5pm and 7pm. Pop in after work, buy some plants and fill those gaps in your allotment. It's not too late to plant crops for later summer or autumn harvesting
2nd June - Moorside Show News
More information has been added to the Moorside Show page, including the entry categories for this years show (Saturday 10th September). Please also be aware that the deadline for submission of entries has been brought forward to 2pm the day before
29th May - Bank Holiday Monday Shop & Plant Scheme, Revised Price list
This Bank Holiday Monday, the Moorside Trading Hut & Plant Schemes will both be open for business between 10am & midday for all your sowing, growing & planting needs. There is also now a revised Trading Hut price list published on the Trading Hut page
26th May - Allotment Exhibition @ City Library
The "Why Do Busy People Need Allotments" Allotment Exhibition is being held in the City Library , Newcastle 2nd June – 9Th June 2016. Head over to the Local Events page for more information
9th May - Plant Scheme Green Wednesday
The Moorside Plant Scheme will be holding a one-off Wednesday night sale this Wednesday (11th May) from 5pm till 7pm. Perfect for those too busy at the weekend or those allergic to mornings - see the Plant Scheme page for more information
5th May - Greening Wingrove News
Links to a series of events led by Greening Wingrove (including Vertical Veg sessions, a Residents Meeting and Free Pizza) have just been published on the local events page
4th May - 2016 Allotments Forum & Committee Meeting Minutes
2nd May - Plant Scheme & Moorside Show Date Confirmed
As spring progresses and it finally starts to warm up, the Plant Scheme is getting into full swing - head over to the plant scheme page to see what's in stock now and what's coming soon
Meanwhile plans are progressing for the 2016 Moorside show - save the date of Saturday 10th September and keep an eye out for more information on the show page
30th March - Committee Minutes & Trading Hut Price List
28th March - Plant Scheme Gears Up For The Year
Forgotten to sow something? Unlucky with germination? No space on your windowsill? Head over to the plant scheme page for news on what's going on sale from next weekend and take the stress out of spring sowing
26th March - Skip Update, Water & Bonfires
Unfortunately the skip is now full - please don't try to add anything further to it (or dump anything next to it) or the entire skip may be classed as overloaded and may not be taken away. The water is now back on, and bonfire season is now coming to an end; please don't light any fires after Thursday 31st March.
23rd March - Skip & Volunteers Wanted
The Easter skip is being delivered tomorrow (24th March) for plotholders to dispose of rubbish.
Please note: the skip is not for wood (to be burned), weeds (ditto) or tyres. Scrap metal (but not gas cylinders) can be placed behind the trading hut for the scrap man. Anyone caught breaking these rules will be composted.
Newcastle University have been in touch as they are currently trying to recruit participants to take part in a study around mapping air pollution in Newcastle through lab analysis of clippings of food plants grown at home. The University are asking volunteers to host a small plant in their backyards / gardens and send a few clippings in for analysis by post. If you're interested you can find more information on the project website here: https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/publicweb/mintcake/ and the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Mint-CAKE-1532112533771858
4th March - "Ride or Stride Session: Saturday 19th March
Streets for People Jesmond are organising a Ride or Stride even on Saturday 19th March. More information is on the Local Events page
25th February - Harrogate Spring Flower Show Trip
The National Allotment Society are laying on a coach and ticket package to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on Sunday 24th April. More information, including prices and booking form can be found on the Local Events page
20th February - Trading Hut News
As winter starts to fade away and the days slowly start to get longer and warmer(ish), the Trading Hut is gearing up to supply all your growing needs at rock-bottom prices. A new price list is available, and Susan has news of what's in stock, what's coming soon, and the odd freebie on the Trading Hut page
10th February - Trading Hut Rota
The latest Trading Hut Rota has been added. As ever, new volunteers are always welcome!
8th February - Greening Wingrove News
Greening Wingrove are running a session on the 10th February to begin "creating a north east food-growing guide".
For more information visit the Local Events page
6th February - 2016 AGM Minutes & January Committee Minutes
2nd February - 2016 Rents
Following their agreement at the AGM, the 2016 rents are now due for all plotholders (£40 half plot / £27.50 half plot concessionary. £80 full plot / £65 full plot concessionary). Please complete the rent form included in the AGM pack (spares available in the trading hut) and return to the address provided on the form, or to the Trading Hut during normal Trading Hut opening hours (10am-12 Saturday & Sunday). Cheques to be made payable to Moorside Allotments Association
26th January - Fruit Tree Grafting Course & December Committee Minutes
We've been made aware of a fruit tree grafting course being run in late February / early March by Jesmond Community Orchard. This is a great opportunity to learn how to graft your own fruit trees for the bargain price of £25 (which includes 2 trees to take away). For more information click on the poster
The December committee meeting minutes are also available to read on the committee page, or click here
21st January - Break-ins At Moorside
STOP PRESS - Following the warning last week from Northumbria Police, we are sorry to report that last night, 20th January, over 17 sheds on Moorside were broken into, locks broken and gates smashed in. Please check your allotment and if you have had items stolen or your plot has been tampered with, please report to the Police on 101 immediately. Further information will be added once police have visited the site
Update - 8.30pm - Police attended the site late this afternoon and we have been given the incident number 561 21/01/16, and the attending officer was PC670 (Lindsay), please quote this if you find anything missing or damaged on your plot
20th January - Seed Potatoes NOW IN STOCK, November Committee Minutes
Slightly late (blame the web-monkey), but the November committee minutes are now available to read here.
The Trading Hut has now taken delivery of the 2016 seed potato stock, with all but one variety available at the bargain price of £2 per 2kg bag. Buy early to avoid disappointment - more details available on the Trading Hut page
14th January - Local Allotment Break-ins & "Local Women, Local Enterprise" Event
Northumbria Police have been in touch and have requested that our allotment gardeners should be made aware that there have been a number of break-ins on allotments in the Gosforth area. However, they feel all sites across the city need to be on their guard and if plotholders have anything of great value they suggest it should be taken home. There has been a lot of damage done by the thieves trying to break into the sheds so it is suggested if possible that they are left unlocked. However, this is entirely up to you.
If you do see anything suspicious then please contact the non-emergency line on 101.
Susan Pownall (Chairman.)
We've also been passed details of a ""Local Women, Local Enterprise" Event" to be held on the 19th January at the Cowgate Centre - more information can be found on the Local Events page
The Annual General Meeting for 2016 will be held on Wednesday 27th January at 7.30pm.
If you have supplied an email address you will receive the agenda, chairman's statement, rent form and last year's minutes to your email shortly.
A resolution to be put to the membership this year will be an increase in rents which you see outlined on the rent form. Please use the rent form to give us up to date details of your home address and contact details. It is so important that we can get in touch with you, especially if there an unfortunate incident such as a break in to the plot. Many thanks
21st December - The Humble Potato
The Trading Hut will be taking delivery of seed potatoes in January/February (depending on weather conditions), for more information, visit the Trading Hut pages: Book early to avoid disappointment!
16th December - Trading Hut News, AGM & Thompson & Morgan Seed Catalogues
The Trading Hut will be moving to winter trading hours from 27th December: Until approximately mid-February, the Trading Hurt will only be open from 11am till midday Saturday & Sundays; the full range of stock remains on sale, and a new price list is now available. An updated rota is also available here.
The 2016 Moorside Allotments Association Annual General Meeting will be held on 27th January 2016 at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall of St James’ and St Basil’s Church on the corner of Fenham Hall Drive and Wingrove Road North. Previous AGM information can be found here, and paperwork will be issued in January ahead of the meeting
Finally, anyone who has picked up the 2016 Thompson & Morgan Seed Catalogues from the Moorside Shop over the past few weeks: please note that we need your completed order form and payment (made out to Thompson & Morgan Ltd) returned to the Moorside Shop no later than 12 noon on Sunday 20th December 2015. This deadline enables us to place our bulk order with the company in time to receive our substantial discounts on both seeds and plants, as well as free delivery (on seeds).
2nd December - Topsoil & Christmas Crafts Event
The Trading Hut page has information on the availability of some enriched topsoil available at £35 per ton, we've also been told about an Christmas craft event taking place this weekend in Exhibition Park - click the poster for more information
20th November - Committee Meeting Minutes, Water & Toilets
The October Committee minutes are now available on the committee page or click here. With the expected cold snap this weekend, the water supply will be turned off tomorrow until late March / early April (once the threat of frosts drops off) and the pipes drained down to prevent frost damage. This also means the on-site toilets will be closed as well until the spring.
2nd November - Greening Wingrove News & Free Pizza!
Greening Wingrove have been heavily involved in the organising of the "Back to the Land IV" conference next Saturday (7th November) in Jarrow - more information can be found on the new Local Events page.
In addition, the Greening Wingrove Orchard Group have busily been building a pizza oven, which will be formally launched on Saturday 14th November in the Bike Garden in Nunsmoor Park - the pizza will be free, but donations are welcome. For more information click here or visit the Local Events page
21st October - Water Supply, skip, And The Bonfire Season Approaches
Bonfires on allotments are permitted from 1st November to 31st March every year. If you are planning on burning anything on your plot please read the Bonfire Code Of Practice beforehand, and please remember:
- Don’t light your fire when the wind is blowing towards local residents’ properties or likely to cause a thi ck haze across the main road.
- Try to choose a dry day when the material you are burning is not too wet and therefore likely to create lots of smoke.
- Make sure your fire is extinguished before you leave your allotment.
- Remember that burning of plastics and treated wood is not allowed as both give off noxious fumes.
- Consider our wildlife and make sure there are no little creatures, especially hedgehog, living in your bonfire heap.
Water Supply - As a general rule, we turn off our mains water supply at the main stopcock on Nunsmoor at the end of October. This is done to avoid any damage to pipework from the frosts. The system is drained, taps are left open and the toilets cleaned and closed up for the winter. If the weather is mild, as it has been this year, we might leave the water on for a little longer but we keep an eye on the forecasts and take immediate action to avoid problems. Therefore, should gardeners wish to fill water butts etc, please do so before the end of October, to be on the safe side.
Autumn Skip - Twice a year at the beginning and end of the season, we organise a skip to take away selected rubbish from our allotments that cannot be burned. We are expecting our autumn skip towards the end of October, so keep a look out for the notice that Krys, our Secretary, posts on each of the entrance gates with updated information, including items which are not to be ‘skipped’. For instance please remember that the skip is not the place for importing off-site domestic rubbish, nor is it acceptable to dispose of wood, tyres, weeds, hedge cuttings etc on it. Please empty plastic bags into the skip as loose rubbish takes up less room. Metal can be heaped tidily behind the trading hut and we get a local scrap merchant to take it away.
Finally, please do not overload the skip. Once it is full, you will invariably see a polite notice to that effect on the side. The suppliers can refuse to take it if it is too full, so please help us in that respect.
15th October - Trading Hut, Swap & Share Event, Allotment Community Survey
Newcastle Outer west are running a surplus produce swap & share on Saturday 17th October, more information available here. We've also had a request from Keiji Makino who is currently studying for a PhD at Newcastle University. The study will focus particularly on the allotment gardens and allotment Communities, their activities, values, concerns and prospects, and Keiji would like to obtain plot holders’ opinions and stand points over the allotment gardens. Click here for the survey form. Finally the latest Trading Hut rota is now available - new volunteers are always welcome! Speak to Susan if you're interested.
9th October - September Committee Minutes
The September committee minutes are now available to read here
6th October - 2016 Kings Seeds & Thompson & Morgan Seed Catalogues Now Out!
With the nights drawing in and the garden winding down for the winter, the Kings Seeds, and Thompson & Morgan Seed Cataloges are available. For more information head over to the Trading Hut pages. Both catalogues are available from the trading hut now, so get planning out your 2016 growing!
1st October - Moorside annual show: September 12th - Thank You Everyone!
Our Moorside Annual Show is one of the highlights of our Moorside Allotments year and a lot of work goes into its organisation to ensure the event is enjoyable for all our visitors and gardeners alike.
I would therefore like to thank everyone concerned in making sure our 2015 event carried on the high standard, despite the dreadful weather.
First of all, a big thank you to the small show group whose regular meeting started very early in the year and who co-ordinated the show brochure, annual award trophies, obtained prestigious raffle prizes and sought support from interesting show stands, amongst a host of other detailed tasks.
Thank you to the team of volunteers who put up the roof cover, marquees and gazebos, set out the show tent to house the competition exhibitors and even provided an invaluable PA system so we could all hear what was going on.
Another annual attraction is the FOOD! The barbecue team Krys and Paul Gaffney never fail to disappoint with their grilled selection, while Nicky Walter and her team bring us a steady stream of drinks and tasty savoury and sweet delicacies donated by our gardeners and Association friends.
Thank you to all our stall holders who weathered the storm to man the welcome table, the varied stalls selling books, plants, jams and chutneys, artworks and conduct face painting.
And of course, admiration must go to the many gardeners who, despite a very strange year weatherwise, managed to produce a wealth of exhibits for our annual competition.
Finally and most importantly, thank you everyone who turned out as a guest in the pouring rain, ensuring another successful event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
A report of the show with a list of prize-winners and lots of images can be viewed separately on the website soon.
Chairman, Moorside Allotments Association.
30th September 2015.
25th September - WEA "Swap A Lot's"
The Workers’ Educational Association Green Branch are holding a series of Fruit & Veg swaps starting this weekend. Get rid of surplus produce and swap it for something you need - more information on the Offers & Wanted page
17th September - Committee Minutes & Plant Scheme Firesale
The August Committee Meeting Minutes are now available to read,and EVERYTHING MUST GO in the Plant scheme end of season firesale. Discounts on herbs, flowers and fruit bushes: See the Plant Scheme page for more information
We've also been made aware of a planned Lifelong Learning even can be found on the News page.
News and photos from the City and Moorside shows are coming soon once everyone dries out.
2nd September - City Show this weekend!
|Don't forget it's the City Allotment Show this weekend: The show organisers are looking for any surplus fruit / veg or flowers that can be donated to sell on stalls. It would be great if we could all help supply the organisers (the Allotment Working Group) with produce on the day of the show to sell to the members of the public. The money raised enables the group to support small projects on allotment sites throughout the year. Please deliver any produce to Westgate Centre for Sport , West Road , Newcastle on Saturday 5th September throughout the day (but no later than 4pm) or on the day of the show, 6th September before 10.30am. The café will be open on both days selling a range of sandwiches / fresh cakes /scones teas & coffees and more .|
24th August - Moorside Show
The Moorside Show brochure and entry forms are now available at the trading hut, if you wish to exhibit your fruit or vegetables please collect your brochure and form from the shop during normal Trading Hut hours
20th August - Moorside Summer Newsletter
The bi-annual Newsletter is now available to read. Many thanks to everyone who have helped make this happen!
17th August - July Committee Minutes
The minutes of the July committee meeting are now available on the committee page
16th August - Trading Hut Rota & Newsletter
Revised Trading Hut rota now available (Trading hut open 10-12 every Saturday & Sunday). The Summer 15 newsletter is expected to be available this week
8th August - Plant Scheme
“Silly season” has drawn to a close but there is stock available for late summer planting.
Planting fruit bushes is best done during late summer/autumn and spring. We have several redcurrant and gooseberry bushes. They are thriving in the ground and can be supplied as bare rooted plants for immediate planting.
Some perennials and biennials are being grown on, but we currently have dwarf wallflowers ready to plant out. We also have chilli plants which can be kept in a warm place including a kitchen window sill.
Stock will also be available at our autumn show. September is an “in-between” time for plants but is also the time for house plants. If anyone has unwanted house plants, or cuttings, please let Sue know via email, pop a message in the red post box beside the middle gate or bring them to the shop area during normal trading hut hours. (Please do not leave plants outside).
31st July - Trading Hut News & Woodchippings
There's also been a delivery of free woodchippings for paths, walkways etc by the trading hut. First-come first-served, but it's hoped further deliveries will follow.
24th July - Jam Making & Coxlodge Open Day
Work is continuing on the mammoth task of making jam for the Moorside show in September (work-in-progress action shot at the right hand side); and Beverley is still looking for donations of fruit and 1lb jam jars (see the Offers & Wanted page for more information).
Coxlodge Allotments are holding an open day on Saturday 15th August (12-2pm) to showcase the changes that have taken place there as a result of recent U-decide funding (which have led to creation of new facilities including a classroom, composting toilet and community plot).
Click the poster for more details
22nd July - 2015 Newcastle City Allotments Competition
The official external judging for the 2015 Newcastle Allotments competition took place during the first week in July and we learned from Mark Todd, the City Allotments Officer, that the standard across the city has improved beyond expectations over the past few years. Such excellence makes the judging much more difficult although with a formal list of criteria to work with, the adjudication process is helped enormously.
It is with great pride that we are able to report once again Moorside’s very own Stan and Audrey Tortoise’s success in retaining the top spot across the City in the Best Plot with Glass category. Many congratulations! Your garden is always a joy to look at and reflects the hard work put into it. As an association, Moorside Allotments also came back into the top three sites overall, after a lapse in 2014, coming third in the City’s Best Allotment Site category. Well done to our gardeners for setting a standard.
The complete set of results is available here and the list has also been posted on all the Moorside notice boards. We will also be bringing you more pictures and editorial in our next Newsletter, coming out shortly.
The trophies will be presented to the winners at the City Show which is being held at the Westgate Centre for Sport on the West Road on Sunday 6th September - details coming soon!
19th July - June Committee Minutes; Jam Jars & fruit
The minutes of the June committee meeting are now available on the committee page
18th July - Offers & Wanted section
By Popular(ish) demand, we now have a page where you can ask for - or offer - your services, skills or something that you'd like to get or give away. Head over to the Offers & Wanted page and get recycling
15th July - Moorside Show
Whether you would like to take part as an exhibitor of fruit, veg or flowers or would like to join us as a visitor we would be pleased to see you at the Moorside Annual Show on Saturday 12th September. Brochures which include an entry form to place exhibits will be available shortly. Also soon to come will be extra copies of the entry form deposited in two of the notice boards and to collect from the Shop during normal opening hours (10am to noon each Saturday and Sunday).
Keep watching the website for further updates, or for more information on the show see here
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7th July - latest Trading Hut prices list available
The website is currently being redesigned - please bear with us while this takes place. The old website can be found here