Events 2017/2018

Capital Growth Training with the Women’s Environmental Network : “Make Your Own Skin Care’

oils suffused with herbs from the Community Plot

Thank you to Nighat for the beautiful beeswax

 

23 participants made : deodorant ; hand cream and a body scrub

 

Capital Growth Urban Harvest 2018

Although it was a wet and windy day, we still found plenty to do: picking ingredients for our celebration meal; weighing our big pumpkin – 21.3 kilos (which won the Capital Growth prize for heaviest pumpkin); and making apple juice.

73rd Annual Show 2018

The independent Judges with Annual Show Sub-Committee Member Gnia

Marion with her amazing 1st prize winning pumpkin

Top prize winners Siobhan and Rik

Rita and Weldon did well too, including Best New Plot

The Community Plot got two trophies and more than £13.00 in prize money!  *Seeds for next year*

While Siobhan & Rik, Paul & Ann, Maria and Joanna all shared the Sunflower Trophy!

and Sabina was awarded Best Plot:

 

Capital Growth Training on Whetstone Stray Allotments, August 2018

Plants as Healing Allies with Rasheeqa Ahmed

Big Dig

April 2018

Big Dig is the annual day for Community Gardens, and is an initiative of www.capitalgrowth.org to encourage awareness of local community gardens and volunteering oppportunities.  The Community Plot is a member of Capital Growth, and is a training partner this year – look out for information about training on site later in the year.

This was our third Big Dig, it was a lovely sunny day, we had a good turn out, and got a lot done in a fun, action packed morning : planting 100 seed potatatoes, making more than 100 paper pots, mixing seed compost (our recipe uses top soil; leaf mould and sand) sowing vegetable seeds and Growwild wild flower seeds – Growwild is a national charity which supplies wildflower seeds, advice and guidance, to community groups.

At the end of a great morning of gardening, we enjoyed a wonderful vegetarian lunch prepared by volunteers, including delicious Turkish food, pickled sloes and wild garlic and nettle pesto.

Seedy Sunday

February 2018

 

 

Apple Day, October 2017

Many thanks to Les Coupland and Sean for a great day.  It’s a good thing we now have two apple presses, as there was a good turn out, a variety of apples were pressed and at least 30 litres of apple juice produced.

Community Plot Open Day, October 2017

72nd Annual Show, September 2017

Many thanks to the Annual Show Sub-committee: Angela, Afsaneh, Dianne and Dorothy, for a wonderful day.

There was a really good turn out, and lots of lovely fruit, veg, flowers, jams, chutneys, cakes, photos & pictures … to name just some of the good things on Show …


 At the end of the day there was an auction of produce (proceeds to the Community Plot for next year’s seeds)

Thank you to Alice for the Children’s Activities

The Community Plot won Best New Plot and Novice Cup:

Maggie won Best Kept Plot

Please send in your photos of the day so we can upload them!  There are more photos in our photo gallery.

Plant Sale 2017

Our Annual Plant Sale was a great success.  Most of the plants were provided by the Community Plot Group, who have sowed, pricked out and potted on hundreds of plants this year.  We also had donations from Plot Holders, including unusual plants such as medicinal herbs and orchids!

We also enjoyed wonderful cakes, baked and donated by Plot Holders:

Big Dig 2017

This was our second Big Dig event on the Community Plot.  So much has changed since last year!  This year 21 people took part, bringing together people with learning disabilities, plot holders and children.  There were loads of different things to do, learning how to prick out seedlings in the poly tunnel; planting potatoes; planting the pond and pollinator area; sowing Grow Wild flower seeds … all this and more got done …

Dominik’s fantastic potato drills – the first ones he has ever made

Dorothy and the Group potting on loads of plants; 

sowing Grow Wild seeds: growwilduk.com supports community projects with seed kits and also provides mentoring support to our Community Plot.

 

And we enjoyed a wonderful BBQ cooked by Neil and Angela.

Putting up the Poly tunnel on the Community Plot

Our biggest ever voluntary challenge, finally achieved in time for the Big Dig, with thanks to all those who took part over several weeks!.  

Winter Tree Pruning Workshop March 2017

Les is a Master Pruner, with decades of experience.  He shares his skills in Pruning Workshops for Plot Holders.  This time he demonstrated on an old, overgrown apple tree on Sean, Allison and Ann’s Plot.  Les will hold another Workshop for stone fruits later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Community Plot

 

Click here to see a slideshow, which was shown at the Mencap AGM 2017 as part of the Community Opportunities Project (COPS), to an audience including the Mayor of Barnet.

The Community Plot was created by volunteers, starting in 2016, a group of 12 people with learning disabilities, began to create the Community Plot, with support from the Royal Mencap Society, and funding for materials, from Postcode Lottery.  We have continued through 2017 with a COPS Group (Thursdays) and a maintenance volunteer group on Tuesdays.

Our biggest challenge so far, was putting up our polytunnel.  Our next challenge is to complete work to make the plot more accessible, with raised beds and paths.  We had funding for materials from Barnet Giving, and most of the work has been completed, fitting around the busy growing season.

We welcome volunteers  who would like to help out on the Community Plot.  You will benefit from being outdoors/ learning or developing gardening (or carpentry) skills, and will take home produce in season!

To find out more, register with Volunteering Barnet : volunteeringbarnet.co.uk or go to the Volunteer Drop-in on Wednesdays 2-4pm at the Arts Depot in North Finchley.

You can also volunteer through Active Volunteering Barnet 020 8364 8400 EXT. 247 // 07506 845 985 OR EMAIL
ENQUIRIESAVBARNET@VOLUNTEERINGMATTERS.ORG.UK

 

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