Thanks from Harington
At the end of this newsletter is a letter we received from Harington, expressing their thanks to everyone at SHA for continuing to support the Scheme so generously with our donation from the Plant Sale.  The letter includes details of how the money we donate will help with specific projects to support their students.
Hornsey Foodbank Allotment Collections
We are going to help with this again this year, donating spare produce. A crate will be put outside the Barn and be collected after midday on a Tuesday. The first collection will be on Tuesday 9th July. The deadline for leaving fresh produce each week will be MIDDAY on a TUESDAY. Please don’t leave perishable veg and fruit too far in advance. The closer to Tuesday midday the better.  Thank you for supporting our local foodbank.
Upcoming local horticultural shows
The Muswell Hill Horticultural Society summer flower show and plant sale is taking place this Saturday 29th June at North Bank, Pages Lane, N10.  Doors open 3pm, Admission £2. Teas and cakes, and raffle. 
The Highgate Horticultural Society show takes place on Saturday 13th July 2 – 4pm, at the United Reformed Church, South Grove, Highgate Village, N66BA.  Plant and produce stalls, raffle, homemade teas, auction of donated exhibits.
The Meadow Orchard project
The Meadow Orchard Project has emailed to tell us they are installing 16 new raised beds and welcome any volunteers who wish to learn useful skills for managing allotments. Open Saturdays 11:00-4:00. 151 park road N88JD through the back of the health centre car park.  Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might be interested, particularly if you know of anyone on our waiting list for a plot.
It’s that time of year when paths quickly become overgrown – please make sure that you cut back any brambles and anything overhanging the main paths.
And a reminder that THE USE OF WEEDKILLERS CONTAINING GLYPHOSATE IS BANNED ON THE SITE.  Use of it on one plot affects neighbouring plots and should NOT be used anywhere.  This is in line with other local allotment sites and Councils.  You can read more about the detrimental effects of glyphosate on health and the environment here:
Barn dates for your diary
Wed 10th July – Café at the Barn 10.30 – 12.00
Sun 28th July – Discussion group 12.00 and lunch 1 - 2pm


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Open garden to visit in June
Stephanie, a SHA tenant, works at a beautiful garden at the Friends Meeting House in Winchmore Hill (see flyer below).  Their open day is next Sunday 9th June 2 – 5pm – do make a visit if you can. Free entry and refreshments.
Plant Sale – thanks to all
The plant sale on the 12th May was a wonderful day, enjoyed by many, and with thanks to all who helped to make it so successful.  We raised a record-breaking £1700, half of which we donate to the Harington scheme, as in previous years.
Repair of fence by Queens Wood gate
Thanks also to those who helped with the maintenance working party on Friday 31st May to help clear all the ivy by the fence that has collapsed.  We were joined by some volunteers from Acciona, who funded the solar panels for the Barn, and as part of their community outreach work arrange for employees to volunteer on local projects.  Their help was much appreciated!
Dates for your diary in June

  • Wed 12th June 10.30 – 12 – café at the Barn.
  • Sat 15th June – summer party at the Barn 6pm onwards.   BYOB and something for the BBQ. Weather dependent
  • Sunday 23rd June 12 noon – Discussion group plus pre-Edinburgh Festival ‘fruit and veg’ poetry readings by Professor Richard Pickings! Not to be missed! Followed by lunch at 1.00pm

 More volunteers needed
We need more volunteers to help maintain the communal plot by the Barn.  If you can spare a bit of time please let Annie know.
Enjoy the sunshine (at last!)

Annie, Garry, Ian, Jill, Jo, Julie, Juliet, Nev, Trevor
The SHA allotment committee


19:41, 06 Jun 2024 by Website Admin

PLEASE Help with  the Plant Sale on 12th May
It’s an important fund raiser as well as being a fun event. Half of the proceeds will go to The Harington Scheme.

  • run a stall (veg and herbs, ornamentals, annuals, bric-a-brac/tools) 11.30-3pm
  • bake a cake and bring it to the Barn between 11 and 11.45am
  • help set up stalls 11-12
  • provide plants, labelled and priced and brought to the stalls at 11am
  • serve in the Barn Cafe 11.30-3pm

If you can offer help with any of these please send an email to Annie stating the ways in which you can help.
Thank you to everyone who turned up to our AGM on a cold and rainy day on Sunday 28th April.  The Barn was packed with around 40 people, and the meeting included a good discussion of the various options for progressing our priorities for the year: repairing the Montenotte Road track, repairing/rebuilding the Trading Shed, and providing a toilet on site.  A summary of the discussion and key points raised are included in the AGM draft minutes, available on the website.
There are two spaces on the Committee for co-opted members, and we welcome hearing from anyone who would like to consider joining.  Please get in touch via info@ if you are interested, or would like more information about what is involved.
Dates for the diary

  • Maintenance working party: MONDAY 6th May 10 – 1pm
  • Plant Sale: Sunday 12th May 12 – 3pm
  • Café at the Barn – Wed 12th June 10.30 – 12
  • SUMMER PARTY AT THE BARN: evening, Sat 15th June BYOB and something for the BBQ.  More details to follow.  Save the date.
  • Barn discussion and lunch: Sunday 23rd June 

(Please note: no café at the Barn in May)
Plot 83 and communal composting area
The site bee plot has moved from Plot 83 and we are busy developing it into an area where everyone can bring their green waste, and develop a communal composting system.  The first steps are to clear the plot, build composting bays, and construct a dead hedge where woody material such as branches can be put.  Please do not put any further waste by the Wood Vale gate; bring it to Plot 83 and follow the instructions on the signage (see example below).  The aim is to reduce the use of bonfires on the site, and eventually to create a supply of communal compost for the site.

Annie, Garry, Ian, Jill, Jo, Julie, Juliet, Nev, Trevor
The SHA allotment committee

17:47, 03 May 2024 by Website Admin