AGM, Sunday 15 October, 2pm
Warriston Allotments Association held its Annual General Meeting at the new Botanic Cottage in the Demonstration Garden at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh this year. We were the first allotment site to do so! The meeting was well attended and the committee elected. Cake was served with tea and coffee.
As well as our regular business we were pleased to welcome RGBE's Andy Crofts who gave an informative talk about organic allotment growing—his tip was simple—avoid using chemicals by keeping your plot clean and clear, feed your soil with organic material (leaf mould, plot made compost, cardboard, grass cuttings) and by savvy with your timings for planting out particularly.
Warriston's communal leaf mould heap beside the cottage:
New leaves are now being delivered. It would be helpful for drivers to use the other side of the car park, unless it is full, so that the leaf mould heap can be accessed easily.
The committee have covered the fenced area and surroundings with black plastic. Most of this will be kept in place as a weed suppressant until next year when the area will be further developed. Please feel free to tidy the sheets if you see them blown out of place by the wind. Find images of developments here.
The 2017 Allotment Show at the Methodist Church in Newington in September was a great success. Building on last year's return to the show, there was a bumper crop of entries and new classes brought in. Go to FEDAGA for further information and pics www.fedaga.org.uk.
Warriston plot holder in Capital Collections
A west side plot holder has been in touch about an online exhibition which includes images of Warriston. Librarian Clare Padgett says, 'Just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know about our latest online exhibition on Capital Collections which gives a wee glimpse into the love of community gardening at Warriston Allotments:
We’ve also just blogged about the exhibition here:
Water Taps have now been switched off across the site. They will resume service in spring 2018.
Warriston Plant Sale and Recycling Day
The sun shone on a successful first plant sale with £260 in funds raised for Warriston developments. We hope to bring the sale back in May 2018. More details in Reports.
Plotholders Survey Your ideas and thoughts on bee-keeping at Warriston, use of communal areas etc have been collated. Find a full report here in Roving Reports.
Kings Seeds: as a Warriston plot holder, you can still enjoy a discount with Kings Seeds on most of their products. Contact them for details.
Please keep pathways around your plot clear and tidy. Fences should not lean into paths and narrow their access. Plot holders, are responsible for this maintenance. The council is responsible only for maintenance of the main paths.
Edinburgh Council works at Warriston:
The 'new' leaf mould heap will be contained within 'bays' later this year.
1. Trees cut down in centre of main plot, in several plots and at the margins.
2. Plots continue to be monitored by the council regularly and new tenants allocated to vacant plots.
3. Burst pipe fixed at east side.
1. The 'old' communal leaf mould area levelled and fenced.
2. Extension of water supply to plots 2-6.
3. Downpipe on cottage repaired.
1. New fence at plots 98-100.
2. Ash trees to be cut back at plots 98-100.
3. Individual trees on site to be cut (partially completed).