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24th June Committee minutes for May here

11th May Committee minutes for April here

24 th April trading hut rota May-June here trading hut sales price list April here

10 April skip due Wed 15th April, committee minutes March here

26th March trading hut price list for March here

12th March trading hut rota for March/April here

5th March Committee minutes for Feb here

7th Feb Committee minutes Jan here

24th Jan 2015 Trading Hut price list here

14th Jan 2015 Trading Hut rota for Jan-Feb here

9th January 2015 committee minutes for Dec here

11th December for Committee minutes Nov click here. Trading Hut rota for December here

8th November Committee minutes for October here

8th October Trading hut rota Oct-Nov here. Committee minutes Sept here

8th Sept Committee minutes for August here

22nd August trading hut rota for Aug/sept here

13th August current trading hut price list here

8th August July committee minutes here

21st July Full City Comp results here

2nd July Committee minutes for June here

7th June Committee minutes for May here

22nd May up to date trading hut stock sheet here

7th May Committee minute for April here

4th May Trading hut open Bank Holiday Monday 11.00 am to noon

18th April Trading hut and plant sales open Easter Monday 10.00-12.00

2nd April Committee minutes for March here

20th March Trading hut rota for Mar-April here

14th March updated trading hut sales sheet here

14th March Committee minutes for Feb here

15th February The AGM minutes 2014 here

6th February committee minutes for January here

30th January Updated list of seed potatoes, shallots, garlic, onions here

30th January Updated trading hut sales sheet for February here

10th January 2014 list of seed potatoes, shallots and garlic here

10th January Updated complete trading hut price list 2014 here

8th January 2014. December minutes here

10th December Kings seeds orders now in Trading Hut

10th December Committee minutes  for November here

7th December Trading hut rota Dec/Jan here

26th November rotovator sold

25th November Age UK Newcastle will tenant our less able plot in 2014

9th November Committee minutes for October here

30th October Skip coming on friday 1st November

20th Oct All Wingrove Apple Day events now 11.00 to 1.00pm at Nunsmoor Centre. Bring your eating apples to juice

18th Oct Trading Hut rota for Oct/Nov here

15th Oct Wallflowers and other perennials now available see Dave's message here

2nd Oct Committee minutes for Sept here

6th Sept Committee minutes for Aug here

3rd Sept Trading Hut rota Sept/Oct here

12th August New date for Fenham Hall roadworks Tue 27th August for two days

7th August  find committee minutes for July here

29th July Fenham Hall Drive road works begin 5th Aug for three weeks. Parking restricted 8.00 to 4.00 see here

19th July revised Trading Hut rota July-Aug here

13th July Trading hut rota July-Aug here

10th July Committee minutes for June here

9th July Trading Hut price  list for July here. 8 foot canes reduced from 50p to 30p ea. Garden twine £2.40 for 500gms; bird and insect netting at £1.30 per metre

30th June Revised plant care rota July/ August here

24th June Plant care rota for July/August here

21st June Press release by friends of Moorbank on its future here

10th June Committee minutes for May here

18th May Trading hut rota for June here

11th May More scaffolding planks at Trading Hut 45p per foot. Soil improver arriving 16th May

11th May Committee minutes for April here

5th May Trading hut price list as of 1st May here

3rd May Please bring empty dry and clean paraffin bottles back to Trading Hut. Still some seed potatoes for sale. Not too late to plant out.

30th April Plant Care rota May and June 2013 here

22nd April Next skip coming Friday 3rd May

20th April Scaffolding planks to be delivered on Monday 22nd. Limited supply only so only for members who ordered

8th April orders for scaffolding planks now to 07771845825 before 17th April at latest

7th April Final revised plant care rota for April here

5th April Committee minutes March here

31st March The water is now on and bonfires are off!

30th March for the Trading Hut rota for April click here

9 March The first plot inspection of 2013 will be on Tues 2nd April.

9 March Because of predicted cold weather next week the water will not be turned on till later in the month.

16 Feb Plant Scheme plant catalogue for 2013 now available on the plant scheme button

16 Feb Committee minutes for Jan here

10 Feb Trading Hut Fresh manure now on sale. Seed potatoes going quickly, don't delay. Also onion sets 50p for 250gm; garlic 30p per bulb

Trading Hut rota for Feb/March here


On The Town Moor off Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle.

Trading Hut and Bumblebee Garden open to the public 10.00 am-noon

Saturdays & Sundays

24th June 2015 New Chair and Webmaster.

I am retiring from my roles of Chair of Moorside and webmaster of this site after 7 years to concentrate upon my health. The new Moorside Chair is Susan Pownall and I am pleased to be able to handover to such a competent successor. Thanks to all Moorsiders who have made my Chairmanship easy and enjoyable, particularly to the Committee which has provided stability and support. Thanks also to those Moorsiders who have clicked onto the website. We have had 35,000 visitors in 7 years, a really good hit rate. Richie Littlewood will be taking on the management of the website in July... his contact details will be posted in July. I will still be around on my plot (25) so see you all on Moorside in due course.

Cheers   Peter Whewell


15th May 2015 Newcastle Allotments Forum

alotment forum 2015

The Newcastle Allotments forum will be held on Thursday the 11th June. The first part of the meeting is voting for half of the Newcastle Allotments Working Group representatives, who hold the post for two years. Moorside is not directly involved in this part of the meeting as Susan Pownall was elected to represent the Moorside group of allotments (which includes Littlemoor, Highbury South and Triangle) for two years at last years forum. The second part of the forum at 7.00pm should be very interesting as there will be a talk by John Soulsby. John is a renowned grower and in particular he is a champion leek grower. He is also proprietor of Plants World in Gosforth Park which offers "wholesale plant prices to the public". I can vouch for the very competive prices at Plants World, well worth a visit. The meeting is open to all Newcastle allotment holders. To see the poster in better definition here

5th April 2015 WEA training courses and Greening Wingrove vertical gardening demonstrations

wea training courses


The Workers Educational Association are running three brief training courses from late April on conserving food, on bees and on guerilla gardening see the details here.

Greening Wingrove are running vertical gardening demonstrations at various locations in Wingrove Ward through the summer. Lots of very good ideas on growing, details here


26th March 2015 Deflation at the Trading Hut; waters on, bonfires soon off!

Good news from the Trading Hut; new stocks of calcified seaweed (rich in nutients and trace elements) down in price now £1.10 for 2kg and sulphate of potash (good for flowers and fruit) down in price now to £2.50 for 2kg. Also new in:- 4foot bamboo canes, ericaceous compost and Ambo seed potatoes (cross between Cara  and Desiree). The water has been turned on and the toilets are now open. The bonfire ban comes into force on the 1st April so the last day for your bonfire is Tuesday the 31st March.

17th March 2015 Harrogate Flower Show and next skip

harrogate flower show

The National Allotment Society, of which Moorside is a member, is organising a bus trip to the Harrogate Flower Show on Sunday the 26th April The cost is just £10 and its a very good day out with lots of bargain sales and ideas for the coming season. For further details click here and for the booking form click here. you will need to be quick as numbers are limited to just over 50. We hope to have our next skip for plastic and stone rubbish for the week after Easter. The precise date nearer the time.

14th March 2015 Plant Scheme update


The plant schemers have been busy! There are dwarf daffodils and crocuses still for sale at the Trading Hut (see opposite). By April there wil be the following seedlings for sale:-sweet peas, French marigolds, tomatoes, broadbeans, cabbage and lettuce. The plant scheme is now sowing sweetcorn, leeks, herbs, swiss chard and other veg to be planted out at the end of May. There should be a range of flowers including ornamentals for hanging baskets and tubs. Details of plants availability will be posted on the site noticeboards and gates as well as here on the website


2nd March 2015 Aloe Vera needs a new home; Wingrove seed swap day

aloe vera

A large and healthy Aloe Vera plant needs a new home (see opposite). There is no charge for the plant but the new owner will need to collect. If you are interested please email, first come basis.

Greening Wingrove are putting on a seed swap day at the Nunsmoor Pavilion from 12.30 pm onwards on Saturday the 14th March. To see the flyer, click here.



7th February 2015 AGM minutes; Moorside newsletter; bird boxes and feeders

MAA Newsletter 8

The minutes of the AGM 2015 can be seen here

The Moorside Newsletter number 8 is now available at the Trading Hut (see opposite the front cover ). Articles on making leaf compost, tasks for February, A-Z of plotting; a beginners guide to growing; gardening tips, wildlife sightings, recipes and a word-search all for £1.

We have found a good source of specially commissioned bird boxes for small birds and they will be available next Saturday at the Trading Hut... only £5 per box a real bargain. Also available bird feeders that attach to your greenhouuse by suction pads.. also £5.


24th January 2015 AGM; seed potatoes; plants ready now; gardeners question time; Dig This

The Moorside AGM was held on the 21st January and was attended by 41 members. Two motions were passed 1) To confirm the rents for 2015 see details here 2) To confirm the new 2015 Constitution and Rules which were agreed as sent to members in the AGM pack with one amendment see details here. The brief film of Moorside life by Steve McDonnell was much appreciated. The seed potatoes are now in the Trading Hut... hurry or you will miss them. The potatoes stocked and price list here. Also at the Trading Hut spring bulbs (crocus and dwarf daffodils) and fruit bushes. On Monday the 16th March there is a Gardeners Question Time at the Live Theatre on the Quayside hosted by Greening Wingrove. You can buy tickets on-line at    The second edition of Dig This, the Newcastle Allotments Newsletter (edited by our own Susann Pownall) can be seen  here

11th December 2014 AGM and Narcissi

Moorside AGM

The Moorside AGM will be held on Wednesday the 21st January 2015 at 7.30 pm at St James and St Basil's church Hall. The main tasks of the AGM will include the ratification of a new Consitution and Rules which takes in account Moorside's obligations within their new tenancy agreement with the council (for instance the cultivation standards document see here) and to clarify grey areas in our current Constitution and Rules. The Committee wil also describe a tenancy agreement for all new members. Other tasks will be to set the rent for 2015 and to elect a committee for 2015. If you are interested in becoming a committee member you can download a nomination form here

There are still sweet-smelling Paperwhite Narcissi in full bloom available from the Trading Hut . Buy soon at £2 per pot or be disappointed.

14th November 2014 Wildlife on allotments and newsletter button updated

Natural England have produced a lovely booklet on wildlife in allotments with lots of suggestions about how you can improve your allotment to allow wildlife to flourish. You can download the 39 page booklet here (opposite: spot our frog). The newsletter section has been updated so you can see all seven of our recent series of Moorside newsletters up to Summer 2014 (7). Newsletter 8 will be out soon. Dig This, the Newcastle Allotments newsletter has been revived under the editorship of our own Susan Pownall. Dig This gives a valuable insight into what is going on in our Newcastle allotment community and the summer edition can be seen here (well done Susan).

29th October 2014 Vertical gardening mosaic planter, bonfires and Kings seeds

Age UK mosac planter

Age UK have a wonderful new vertical planter decorated with mosiacs created by the Aged Asian Ladies group ( see opposite ). On Saturday 1st November the council allotment bonfire ban is relaxed until the 1st April. Please read the council bonfire protocol here and Moorside's fire safety advice here. Also before you light a bonfire move the heap to make sure there are no hedgehogs inside. our Kings Seeds orders are due into the Trading hut by Sunday the 2nd November at the latest.

8th October 2014 Seed Potatoes for 2015

Our trading Hut Manager, Susan, has produced an initial order options list for 2015 seed potatoes. The list is extensive and as always very competitively priced. The fulllist can be seen here To place an order visit the Tading Hut at its opening time 10.00 to 12.00 every Sat and Sun or by email at . The order needs to be finalised by the 3rd November 2014, so get your requests in soon.

23rd September 2014 City Show

sue city show 2014

Moorside were well represented at this years City Allotment Show. Stan and Audrey Tortoise won the Master Gardener Vase for the second consecutive year. To see their plate click on the Shows button (more pictures coming soon). Congratulations to Frank Lightfoot, second place in the Master Gardener. Meanwhile Sue, Cynthia and Beverley had a large stall selling plants and books on behalf of Moorside which was very popular and profitable (see Sue Cynthia and Beverley opposite).

10th September 2014 Prizewinners at the Moorside Show



For a full list of prizewinners at the Moorside show click the shows and Open days button. Congratulations to Colin Storey seen opposite receiving an engraved vase celebrating his 40 years gardening on Moorside. Well done Colin.


8th September 2014 Moorside Show

The rain held off and we had a busy and entertaining show on Saturday. pride of place goes to Stan (3)  who won the Master Gardener trophy as well as carrying off the Best Exhibit in Show with his leeks. (opposite Stan receives the trophy from show Sec Pat) More photos coming soon. on the 31st August Moorside hosted the Annfield Plain and Snod's edge gardening clubs who loved our allotments and our community area. for photo click onto plots and projects button

12th August 2014 The 12th Moorside show 2014 Sat 6th Sept 2014


The Moorside Show programme is now available at the Trading hut or can be downloaded here

We have a smart new red postbox at the middle gate to post your entries in or to the trading hut by 5.00pm Friday the 5th September at the latest. Remember all entries must be on the show table by 11.00 am. A number of categories have extra prizes.... enter as many categories as you want and good luck. Additional information here

8th August 2014 Poppies on Barrack Road; Moorside Show


Thanks to Tony for this picture of poppies along Barrack Road commenorating the Great War which were seeded by Greening Wingrove.

 The Moorside Show is only four weeks away on Saturday the 6th September , look out for entry programmes at the Trading Hut soon and more details on the website soon



16th July 2014 City Competition results; breakins and slug pellets

The Moorside results in this years city competition are:

 Stan and Audrey Tortoise (3) Best plot with glass First prize

Peter and Liz Whewell (25) Best plot without glass First prize

Comfrey project (76/106) Best Group project Second Prize

Frank Lightfoot (66) Best wildlife Joint Third Prize.

There have been more breakins at moorside with produce taken. If you have had produce taken please let susan know on plot 29 or via the website. At the last committee meeting the committee voted to support organic gardening and the Trading Hut will no longer sell toxic slug pellets.

10th July 2014 City allotment competition: judging and newslettercity judging 2014

City judges Mark Todd (Allotment officer) and Don Robinson (Vice-Chair NAWG) came round Moorside last Tuesday. Here they are (Mark with the camera) on Stan and Audrey's plot judging for Best full Plot with Glass. Mark says there are 25 entries just for this category! Results next week, fingers crossed. Apologies for the delay in the expected newsletter due to slow copy. We should have it out by the end of this month.

30th June 2014 City allotment competition: nominations and city inspection

judging plot 10 2014

Thanks to Terry Maxwell and Mike Armstrong for judging the nominations for the City Allotment competition 2014 (seen here in earnest discussion on plot 10). The nominations were:-       

Full plot with glass Stan and Audrey (3); Full plot without glass Peter and Liz (25); Best half plot John and Gail (49b); Best wildlife Frank (66); Best newcomer Brian and Anne Burke (87);Best group project Comfrey Project (76&106). In addition the Moorside wildlife trophy was awarded to Sue (54) and the Moorside bee-friendly trophy to Annie (10). For a full list of commended plots click here. To see how the plots are judged, see the allotment judging criteria here. Moorside have also entered the best site competition. To help us improve on our 2nd prize last year please make sure the fronts of your plots and the driveway in front of your plot is tidy and weed free. The City will be inspecting on the 8th, 9th or 10th July. After that everyone can relax!.

7th June 2014 Wildlife button now active

harrys snail

The wildlife button can now be clicked to reveal wildlife photos from Moorside. If you have any photos we could publish please send to

(Thanks to Harry Carter for this picture of wildlife we might prefer to be without)


2nd June 2014 Dave Walter

dave and nicki


It is with great sadness that we have to report that Dave passed away last week. Many of you will remember Dave's quiet authority, his kindness and his hard work on behalf of Moorside. Our thoughts are with Nicki and family. The funeral service is at St James and St Basils church on Thursday the 5th June at 12.15 pm followed by a gathering in the church hall. All are welcome; donations to St Oswalds Hospice. Above Dave and Nicki on their beautiful plot

18th May 2014 New wildlife section coming soon

woodpecker damage

The website will have a new wildlife section in about a weeks time. If you have any wildlife photos of Moorside you would like to share then please send to (opposite: our resident lesser spotted woodpecker has drilled out a solitary bee home) Thanks for the photo, Tony



11th May 2014 Plant scheme available now

plant scheme

Available now at the Trading Hut 10.00am to noon every Sat and Sun:-

Broad beans, early peas, mangetout, runner beans, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, calabrese, lettuce, pak choi, spinach, thyme, sage, tomatoes, strawberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries, sweet peas, perennials and more. Really competitive prices!!

(The plant scheme greenhouse with plants ready to go) Thanks for the photo Tony

4th May 2014 Break-in on site

At the end of last week the site was broken into by the gate at the top of the west lane and a number of sheds on the west and middle lanes were broken into. The thieves used bolt cutters to remove locks and the locks seem to have been taken away. Very little else was taken and there was no general vandalism. Clearly the thieves may return so make sure there is nothing of value in your hut. The police have been informed and night patrols of Moorside by our Community police will take place. Please let a committee member know if you have lost anything or seen anything suspicious, thanks. Stay alert!.

14th April 2014 Plant scheme-whats available now; herbs in April

plant schemec greenhouse

Thanks to Stan (3) and George (6) the new plant scheme greenhouse was erected and repaired and is now in full growing mode (opposite George is rightly pleased with his handiwork). Available now at the Trading Hutand ready for planting out:- broad beans; peas; cabbages; cauliflowers; sweet peas; perennials; strawberries and gooseberries. Now is a busy time in your herb garden. To see what you need to be doing with herbs in April see the garden organic factsheet here. (Thanks for the photo, Hameed).

7th April 2014 How to change skips over

skip loading

Our first skip was full within a couple of days so we ordered a second skip. How do you change over two skips in one journey?? The answer is you lift the full skip into the empty skip (see opposite) then deposit both skips back onto the ground. Then you take off the top loaded skip leaving the empty skip where the full skip had originally been.


29th March 2014 Vertical gardening demo; volunteers needed for tree planting; SNCG visit

sncg hive arts mosaic

There will bebe a demonstration of vertical gardening by an expert, courtesy of Greening Wingrove on Thursday 3rd April 6.00-8.00pm at Wingrove School Hadrian Road. See flyer here. Volunteers needed to plant trees Wed 2nd April 2.00 to 5.00pm and sat 5th April 10.00am-12.30 see flyer here. Some committee members visited Scotswood Natural Community Garden last week, report soon. In the mean time this picture is of a mosaic at SNCG by Hive Arts (Thanks for the photo Tony)Fancy growing veg up the side of your house (or hut)? There will

20th March 2014 Skip, Trading Hut news and volcanic dust

volcanic dust

The Easter skip is coming early this Friday the 21st March. No wood or metal or vegetable waste in the skip please. To see the March Trading Hut news click here. There are still first and second early seed potatoes available and be sure to take advantage of our very low price for volcanic rockdust (demonstrated by Beverley opposite). The dust remineralises the soil replacing minerals leached out and lacking in manure etc. It allows plants to access locked phosphate in the soil and its high silicon strengthens plant walls. Also contains calcium, magnesium and iron. Proven to increase soil fertility. Price at the Hut £7.65 per 20kg (compared with £18.00 for 20kg at most garden centres!)

14th March 2014 Moth report 2013, what to sow and plant in March

peppered moth

Jonathan Wallace has continued his moth research on Moorside and his report for 2013 is here. (opposite a peppered moth) Jonathan will be continuing his research throughout 2014. If you want to refresh about what you should be sowing and planting in March see the garden organic factsheet here. Also look at our What to Do Now button for advice about seeding, repotting and transplanting. Alternatively leave growing from seed to our plant scheme and purchase plug plants when available from the trading hut in April. Our plant scheme growing is in full swing and an update on what will be soon available will be issued shortly

19th February 2014 Comfrey Project cook book launch,free tasting.

comfrey cookbook


The Comfrey Project are launching their new cook book "Cooking from the Heart" at the Beacon Centre on Westgate Road between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on Friday the 21st February. There will be free tastings of food from recipes from the Congo, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Well worth a visit if you have time.



15th February 2014, New committee, Pollination city, Field drains

field drain

The new committee met for the first time last week and the new committee has the same officers and members as the old committee. Not much change there. However there are moves afoot to create city-wide bee/butterfly pollination cover "Pollination City". There is an open meeting at the Hancock Museum from 1.30 to 3.00pm on Mon 24th Feb. everyone is invited to see what its about and to join in. See the flyer here . Thanks to Dave (55) for this picture of an old Victorian field drain he excavated while deep digging on plot. The drain was functioning when Dave dug it up and he will replace it. There are a lot of such drains under the Town Moor and Moorside... we don't know where they are and many may be broken.

30th January 2014 AGM, Trading hut news, whitefly


A good-humoured AGM voted to keep all rents for 2014 the same as for 2013. The same committee members as in 2013 were also voted in and will elect the officers for 2014 at their first meeting next week. The new look Trading/Community hut will be open for business on Sunday the 2nd Feb and February Trading Hut news can be seen here. New items Mycorrhizal Powder (Rootgrow) and Volcanic Dust (yum-yum full of essential trace elements). This is the time of year when attempting to get cabbages or sprouts you release a cloud of dandruff-like whiteflies. They do damage to plants by sucking their sap and weakening them. See what you can do about them with the Organic Garden help sheet here

10th January 2014 Winifred


We are very sorry to learn of the death of Winifred Jamieson, our oldest gardener, after a very short illlness, yesterday. Winifred had plot 87 at Moorside for over 25 years following her retirement from social work. She was a buddhist and her lovingly tended plot was a joy to see and we will miss her. Moorside members are invited to two services on Thursday the 16th January. First at the Buddhist Centre, 9-11 Carliol Square from 12.00 noon to 1.00pm and then at the West Road crematorium at 1.30pm. Opposite Winifred receiving her Moorside Long Service vase in 2011

8th January 2014  New stock at Trading Hut, what to do now with your fruit bushes



New next week at the Trading Hut :- Scaffolding planks, 13 foot 7 foot and 4 foot planks; Seed potatoes, garlic onion and shallots; Humax with sliver sand for seed growing; rock salt.

The turn of the year is the time to turn your energy to the fruit garden just like Monty. Garden Organic go through the various tasks, click here. The AGM pack goes out this week for the Agm on Wed 22nd January at 7.30 pm. See you there.


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