March Newsletter

Trading Shed
Many thanks to all who took part in the trading shed survey.  You provided us with lots of helpful information – both about what you value about the trading shed, and suggestions for improvement.  It was interesting to read how many of you value it not only as a convenient place to buy goods, but also as a social and educational space to chat to other plot holders and glean horticultural tips.  One person summed it up as "the connection with other plot holders that it facilitates, the advice from the shed facilitators, the good value items, the sense of community it brings". A priority for a new trading shed is more light.  Liz has already taken on board some of the requests for additional stock items (whoever mentioned wanting medium size gloves, these are now in stock!  And a wide range of sweet pea seeds).  The next step is to develop plans for rebuilding the shed, and to make a funding application to the National Lottery Community Fund.  
Annual Plant Sale 2023 
This will be held in front of the trading shed and in and around the Barn on May 14th from 12-3pm. It’s an important money raiser as well as a joyous occasion for all who join in. You can join in by offering to:

  • run a stall ( veg and herbs, ornamentals, annuals, bric-a-brac/tools
  • bake a cake and bring it to Barn between 11 and 11.45
  • help set up stalls
  • provide plants, labelled and priced and brought to the stalls at 11 am
  • serve in the Barn Cafe 11.30-3.00

Jenny Chong – star Save the Children Supporter!
Jenny’s sales of her beautiful surplus flowers on the site have raised over £1,300 for Save the Children – see the extract from their newsletter below.
Dates for your diaries

  • Sunday March 26th: 12 – 1pm Esther’s ’Spring’ Bee talk, followed by Lunch 1 – 2pm
  • Monday March 27th:  Art at the Barn  10.30 - 1pm max 10 people.  To book a place send an email to    
  • Sunday April 2nd: Maintenance Working Party 10.30 - 1.30.  Meet at the Trading Shed
  • Wednesday April 12th: 10.30 - 12 Café at the Barn
  • Sunday April 23rd: Discussion 12-1pm on soil enhancers, plant foods etc.  Come along and find out what’s in all those bags in the trading shed and how you can use them on your plot.  Followed by lunch 1-2pm.
  • Wednesday May 10th: 10.30 - 12 Café at the Barn 
  • Sunday May 14th Plant Sale 12 - 3 (plus refreshments)


15:32, 14 Mar 2023 by Website Admin