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Nature blog - Jenny Bourne

The RPA Nature blog with Jenny Bourne.

Watch the seasons unfold right here at our very own allotments

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Plotholder newsletter out now

The latest edition of our very own newsletter is out now.

Click here to read the PDF or look out for a printed copy in the Seed Store.

Summer Produce Show

Summer Produce Show

Sunday 28th June, 11am - 1pm

For the first time, we will be holding a Summer Produce Show separately from our Autumn Social. This means that we’ll all be able to show our lovely summer vegetables, fruit and flowers – many of which are past their best by the time of the Autumn Social. The Autumn Social will still take place, with the pumpkin weigh-in, sunflower and scarecrow competitions plus BBQ and beer tent as usual.

At the Summer Produce Show our judges will be considering a wide range of categories of fruit, vegetables and flowers – so get growing!

We’ll also be judging and awarding prizes for the best home-made cakes, jams and chutneys.

We like to think that the Summer Produce Show will become an established event in the Season, alongside the Chelsea Flower Show, Ascot and Wimbledon. As such hats, although optional, are to be encouraged.

Chilly but successful Plant Sale

The weather for this year’s Plant Sale was cold and grey but there was no rain – a result!

Many thanks to everyone for coming out on a not quite perfect day to make the Plant Sale such a successful day.

Special thanks to all our volunteers:

- to Bethan and Hilary who braved the chill to run the pumpkin / sunflower registrations (our highest number yet!)

- to Barbara, Bridget, Carol, David, Gill, Helen and Sue for ‘manning’ (womaning?) the stalls and helping set up

- to Anne and Gaby for keeping us supplied with hot drinks!

- and everyone who helped with setting up and taking down the tents.

On the day we made the grand total of £267.82 on plant sales plus £112.50 on the sale of equipment – plus what cafe made, so it was a good day for the Allotment funds! Funds are spent on various items including repairing roads, site maintenance and insurance, and enable us to keep our rents extremely low.

See you at the Summer Produce Show!

What to do this month

What to do this month

What should you be sowing and planting now?

What crops should be ready for harvesting?

What jobs need doing on your plot?

Find out in our month-by-month calendar of what to do and when.

Your photos

Your photos

Portraits of fellow plotholders proudly displaying their horticultural successes. Inspirational images of nature’s bounty. Or candid shots of the less savoury aspects of allotment life.

Our photo galleries feature all these – and more.

Seed Store cafe welcome sign

Seed Store cafe

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and delicious homemade cakes.
Every Sunday:
11am - 12:30pm

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Waiting list now open

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Allotment main entrance opening time

Opening and closing times throughout the year can be found here.