Moor Green Allotments
An Oasis in the Centre of Birmingham, England
Moor Green Matters,
Dear Plot holder
Welcome to Moor Green Matters
How will your plot measure up?
AGM fast approaching
Gearing up for a new Committee
Site matters -
Spring is here -
Welcome to new plot holders
ONLY one winner for March
TIME for April’s competition
Oz goes viral with winter pruning
Lottie’s Bean Feast
Dates for your diary
Coming next month:
Your new Association Committee
What are you up to down on the plot now that Spring seems to have finally arrived? The inspection team will be around this month, so we hope everyone has been really busy. Those little Tiger worms in my wormery have been very industrious mulching up a handful of kitchen waste everyday, but no sign of any liquid compost yet! Green manures have been dug in, potatoes are chitting vigorously and onions are growing well in modules, ready for planting now. Broad beans are hardening off, cabbages and leeks are showing in their seeds trays in the poly tunnel and roots are about to be sown -
Volunteers have also been busy around the site…Mick Docker and Mark Wright have fitted more speed bumps along the main road though (see the hazard warning in Site Matters)…Peter Jupe and Mick Docker have ensured the Seed Store is open every weekend thanks to a team of volunteers…Steve Gwynne has filled four skips with site rubbish….Robert Osborne aka ‘Oz’ has hazard taped off the contaminated brook course…Andy Turrell and Oonah King have helped sort out the lockers in zones G and H…Jenny Jupe has let more plots and continues to deal with plot holder queries… Malcolm Caston reported the stand pipe damage in Zone B before we had a disaster on our hands…and, of course, Mark Wright, Boswell Douglas aka ‘Dougie’ and Oonah King ensured the Pavilion was opened and kept clean. Are you doing your bit to ensure the site is a great place to be -
How will your plot measure up?…
…when Carol Moore and his inspection team of Mick Docker and Peter Jupe make their Spring tour on Saturday 11 April? The number of plots not showing at least 75% cultivation, including poly tunnels and green houses, has reduced year on year, which is great news for everyone. But do ensure you are harvesting water, structures are looking well maintained, your plot is clean and free from unnecessary rubbish, alongside being well cultivated …and remember no tyres or carpet on your plot.
The AGM is fast approaching….
Is the date in your diary? Saturday 25 April 2015, starting at 11.00am…see the attached pdf for the agenda, Birmingham University speaker and sale of reconditioned tools. Free rolls available at the end for those who want to stay on and chat over a drink from the bar or kitchen. One of our tasks as a Management Group is to ensure we operate within a code, not only the Councils’ Management agreement, but our own membership constitution. The current constitution is appended as a pdf and a revised copy, which needs to be approved by the membership, will be with your shortly courtesy of our chair, James Brown.
and, of course, we’re gearing up for a new Committee…your Association needs you!…
Nominations for membership of the Committee remain open until 11 April 2015 so search your conscience to see if you can donate your time during 2015-
Of skips, tyres, carpets, brook contamination and other safety matters on site….
A firm reminder about some City Council rules that, regrettably, we see being ignored around the site. We have a commitment to keeping Moor Green a pleasant and safe environment. Please adhere to the rules
A reminder about Parking on site….
…The brook course at the back of plot 62, crossing the road by plots 6 and 7 and running down behind plot 31 and over to plot 99 has become contaminated with sewage. Oz has taped off the area but do please keep away until Severn Trent has given the brook the all clear.
Meanwhile the water is turned back on to the top half of the site, but will go off again when the clocks change.
Spring is here so support your Seed Store…
Potatoes/Onions/Shallots and Broad beans
13 varieties of seed potatoes, three of which we’ve not previously carried. Price £1.25 per kilo/£19.00 per bag
2 varieties of onions -
2 varieties of shallots -
A fantastic selection of Kings seeds, all with 40p of RRP per packet
Industrial Bulk Containers (IBCs) to order £50.00
Blue Water Barrels each £7.50
Compost, manure, fertiliser and pest control
Erin Friable compost 75L bag £4.50, 3 bag deal £4.00 p bag, 15 bag deal £3.50 p bag
Well rotted horse manure £4.25 p bag, 3 bag deal £4.00 p bag, 15 bag deal £3.50 p bag
Chicken manure Large tub £6.50
Growmore per kilo £1.20
Lime per kilo £1.00
Slug pellets per kilo £2.60
Ground cover, netting and canes:
Ground cover Standard 2m wide @ £1.00 per m, Durable 2.5m wide @ £1.00 per m,
Durable 4.5m @ £2.00 per m
Fleece 1.5m wide 40p per m
Blue piping for hoops per m £1.50
Netting (for birds) Black, 10m wide £2.20 per m
Netting (for butterflies) Blue fine 3m wide £2.50 per m
Bean canes 8ft 30 p each
Can’t see what you want? Drop into the Seed Store and ask if we can supply it at competitive prices! Look out for adverts around the site or for any ‘specials’
Seed Store Opening times:
Saturday and Sunday 12.00 -
Can you give a couple of hours to serve in the store? Contact Peter Jupe on
M| 07971 250 903 or E| firstname.lastname@example.org
Newcomers and transfers……..
Tony Collier has transferred from Fox Hollies to plot 238N -
Michelle Qi and Lu Li have taken on a 35B, a half plot in Zone C
Glyn and Fabe Lydiate are are considering 103A in Zone D and Cayla McDougall is considering 75A in Zone B.
Following the excellent master class on winter pruning Oz has gone viral thanks to Jonathan Birkett aka Dadcam. Follow his video instruction on Youtube https://youtu.be/x8sQfgw41cI. Don’t forget there is a wealth of gardening information in the Pavilion, as well as the internet and our website -
Congratulations to our March competition winner, now it’s your turn to enter….
Charlotte Birkett, plot 112, correctly named three designer beers sold in the Pavilion -
This month it’s a little more cryptic -
Text your answers to me, Jenny Jupe, on 07971153938, by Friday 24 April and all correct entries will go into a draw to be picked at the AGM on Saturday 28 March. Cheers.
At the start of the year we featured a link to Lottie’s plot or her Charlottment. Enjoy watching Charlotte and Toby at work during Programme three and find out why she’s called it Bean Feast! and see the progress they are making. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=PiK7jVcuXos
Along with devolved management the Council have tightened up on the procedures for Pavilion hire. Event booking forms, together with Risk Assessments, have to be with allotment officers at least four weeks in advance for permission to hold events and check insurance details. This means we need them well before the event, especially if you are requesting a bar licence extension. Contact Mark Wright, Pavilion Manager, for details and availability on 07542923424.
We have re-
Pavilion opening hours have changed and are as follows:
Friday 6.00 pm until midnight
Saturday midday until midnight
Sunday summer opening midday until 8.30 pm or earlier if quiet
Dates for your diary
Saturday 11 April Spring plot inspection
Monday 11 May Re-
Saturday 25 April Last meeting of the current Association Committee
Saturday 25 April MaDAHAL AGM
Saturday 30 May First meeting of the new Association Committee
Saturday 29 August Annual Produce Show to be confirmed
the last word....
There are three pdf attachments:
Plot inspection details
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