27th June - Greenhill Allotments Open Day
Greenhill Allotments are holding a plant sale & open day on Sunday 3rd July. More information is available on the local events page
25th June - Annual Gardening Awards
It’s that time of year again when all our plots are inspected, with the help of an external judge, to find the most outstanding gardens in a variety of categories. For our seasoned gardeners, you will have been building up to this event all year, finding every weed, making sure your external boundaries are clipped and tidy, clearing rubbish from behind the shed and most of all, bringing on that wide variety of flowers and vegetables, all adding to the WOW factor!
For those of you who have not been on Moorside very long, there is a chance for you to shine too, so don’t be put off – just look at the list of award categories below. How about striving for Best Newcomer?
The judges will be making their decision on 28th June 2016, so we all have a few days to make our gardens look as appealing as possible.
These are the categories our judges will be seeking to put a winning name against and it could be you!
- Best Half Plot
- Best Full Plot with Glass
- Best Full Plot without Glass
- Best Organic Plot – judged on recognised organic methods
- Best Newcomer – must have had a plot less than 1 year
- Most Wildlife Friendly Plot – judged on the number of wildlife features but also fitting in with good allotment management
- Best Group/Community Project
The worthy winner in each category will receive an award at a special ceremony at our Moorside Show on 10th September in recognition of their achievement and all their hard work.
Not only but also.........
City Allotment Competition 2016.
The winning gardens of our own Moorside Annual Awards will also form the basis for consideration in the City Allotments Competition 2016, which is judged by the City Allotments Officer and external gardening experts. This judging is taking place between 5th and 7th July 2016.
You will have seen from the website and the notice boards how well Moorside did in the 2015 City Competition, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in several categories. Of special importance was Moorside Allotments achieving third best site overall throughout the City, in which there are now 65 allotment sites all competing for that top prize. Can we do better this year? Yes we can – if we all pull together to make each of our gardens, perimeters, hedges and fences look the best in town!
Let’s go for it!
Chairman, Moorside Allotments Association.
16th June - Trading Hut Price List & Rota, Plus Committee Minutes
6th June - "Green Wednesday" Midweek Plant Scheme Returns
The Plant Scheme will be holding another "Green Wednesday" evening opening on 8th June between 5pm and 7pm. Pop in after work, buy some plants and fill those gaps in your allotment. It's not too late to plant crops for later summer or autumn harvesting
2nd June - Moorside Show News
More information has been added to the Moorside Show page, including the entry categories for this years show (Saturday 10th September). Please also be aware that the deadline for submission of entries has been brought forward to 2pm the day before
29th May - Bank Holiday Monday Shop & Plant Scheme, Revised Price list
This Bank Holiday Monday, the Moorside Trading Hut & Plant Schemes will both be open for business between 10am & midday for all your sowing, growing & planting needs. There is also now a revised Trading Hut price list published on the Trading Hut page
26th May - Allotment Exhibition @ City Library
The "Why Do Busy People Need Allotments" Allotment Exhibition is being held in the City Library , Newcastle 2nd June – 9Th June 2016. Head over to the Local Events page for more information
9th May - Plant Scheme Green Wednesday
The Moorside Plant Scheme will be holding a one-off Wednesday night sale this Wednesday (11th May) from 5pm till 7pm. Perfect for those too busy at the weekend or those allergic to mornings - see the Plant Scheme page for more information
5th May - Greening Wingrove News
Links to a series of events led by Greening Wingrove (including Vertical Veg sessions, a Residents Meeting and Free Pizza) have just been published on the local events page
4th May - 2016 Allotments Forum & Committee Meeting Minutes
2nd May - Plant Scheme & Moorside Show Date Confirmed
As spring progresses and it finally starts to warm up, the Plant Scheme is getting into full swing - head over to the plant scheme page to see what's in stock now and what's coming soon
Meanwhile plans are progressing for the 2016 Moorside show - save the date of Saturday 10th September and keep an eye out for more information on the show page
30th March - Committee Minutes & Trading Hut Price List
28th March - Plant Scheme Gears Up For The Year
Forgotten to sow something? Unlucky with germination? No space on your windowsill? Head over to the plant scheme page for news on what's going on sale from next weekend and take the stress out of spring sowing
26th March - Skip Update, Water & Bonfires
Unfortunately the skip is now full - please don't try to add anything further to it (or dump anything next to it) or the entire skip may be classed as overloaded and may not be taken away. The water is now back on, and bonfire season is now coming to an end; please don't light any fires after Thursday 31st March.
23rd March - Skip & Volunteers Wanted
The Easter skip is being delivered tomorrow (24th March) for plotholders to dispose of rubbish.
Please note: the skip is not for wood (to be burned), weeds (ditto) or tyres. Scrap metal (but not gas cylinders) can be placed behind the trading hut for the scrap man. Anyone caught breaking these rules will be composted.
Newcastle University have been in touch as they are currently trying to recruit participants to take part in a study around mapping air pollution in Newcastle through lab analysis of clippings of food plants grown at home. The University are asking volunteers to host a small plant in their backyards / gardens and send a few clippings in for analysis by post. If you're interested you can find more information on the project website here: https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/publicweb/mintcake/ and the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Mint-CAKE-1532112533771858
4th March - "Ride or Stride Session: Saturday 19th March
Streets for People Jesmond are organising a Ride or Stride even on Saturday 19th March. More information is on the Local Events page
25th February - Harrogate Spring Flower Show Trip
The National Allotment Society are laying on a coach and ticket package to the Harrogate Spring Flower Show on Sunday 24th April. More information, including prices and booking form can be found on the Local Events page
20th February - Trading Hut News
As winter starts to fade away and the days slowly start to get longer and warmer(ish), the Trading Hut is gearing up to supply all your growing needs at rock-bottom prices. A new price list is available, and Susan has news of what's in stock, what's coming soon, and the odd freebie on the Trading Hut page
10th February - Trading Hut Rota
The latest Trading Hut Rota has been added. As ever, new volunteers are always welcome!
8th February - Greening Wingrove News
Greening Wingrove are running a session on the 10th February to begin "creating a north east food-growing guide".
For more information visit the Local Events page
6th February - 2016 AGM Minutes & January Committee Minutes
2nd February - 2016 Rents
Following their agreement at the AGM, the 2016 rents are now due for all plotholders (£40 half plot / £27.50 half plot concessionary. £80 full plot / £65 full plot concessionary). Please complete the rent form included in the AGM pack (spares available in the trading hut) and return to the address provided on the form, or to the Trading Hut during normal Trading Hut opening hours (10am-12 Saturday & Sunday). Cheques to be made payable to Moorside Allotments Association
26th January - Fruit Tree Grafting Course & December Committee Minutes
We've been made aware of a fruit tree grafting course being run in late February / early March by Jesmond Community Orchard. This is a great opportunity to learn how to graft your own fruit trees for the bargain price of £25 (which includes 2 trees to take away). For more information click on the poster
The December committee meeting minutes are also available to read on the committee page, or click here
21st January - Break-ins At Moorside
STOP PRESS - Following the warning last week from Northumbria Police, we are sorry to report that last night, 20th January, over 17 sheds on Moorside were broken into, locks broken and gates smashed in. Please check your allotment and if you have had items stolen or your plot has been tampered with, please report to the Police on 101 immediately. Further information will be added once police have visited the site
Update - 8.30pm - Police attended the site late this afternoon and we have been given the incident number 561 21/01/16, and the attending officer was PC670 (Lindsay), please quote this if you find anything missing or damaged on your plot
20th January - Seed Potatoes NOW IN STOCK, November Committee Minutes
Slightly late (blame the web-monkey), but the November committee minutes are now available to read here.
The Trading Hut has now taken delivery of the 2016 seed potato stock, with all but one variety available at the bargain price of £2 per 2kg bag. Buy early to avoid disappointment - more details available on the Trading Hut page
14th January - Local Allotment Break-ins & "Local Women, Local Enterprise" Event
Northumbria Police have been in touch and have requested that our allotment gardeners should be made aware that there have been a number of break-ins on allotments in the Gosforth area. However, they feel all sites across the city need to be on their guard and if plotholders have anything of great value they suggest it should be taken home. There has been a lot of damage done by the thieves trying to break into the sheds so it is suggested if possible that they are left unlocked. However, this is entirely up to you.
If you do see anything suspicious then please contact the non-emergency line on 101.
Susan Pownall (Chairman.)
We've also been passed details of a ""Local Women, Local Enterprise" Event" to be held on the 19th January at the Cowgate Centre - more information can be found on the Local Events page
The Annual General Meeting for 2016 will be held on Wednesday 27th January at 7.30pm.
If you have supplied an email address you will receive the agenda, chairman's statement, rent form and last year's minutes to your email shortly.
A resolution to be put to the membership this year will be an increase in rents which you see outlined on the rent form. Please use the rent form to give us up to date details of your home address and contact details. It is so important that we can get in touch with you, especially if there an unfortunate incident such as a break in to the plot. Many thanks
21st December - The Humble Potato
The Trading Hut will be taking delivery of seed potatoes in January/February (depending on weather conditions), for more information, visit the Trading Hut pages: Book early to avoid disappointment!
16th December - Trading Hut News, AGM & Thompson & Morgan Seed Catalogues
The Trading Hut will be moving to winter trading hours from 27th December: Until approximately mid-February, the Trading Hurt will only be open from 11am till midday Saturday & Sundays; the full range of stock remains on sale, and a new price list is now available. An updated rota is also available here.
The 2016 Moorside Allotments Association Annual General Meeting will be held on 27th January 2016 at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall of St James’ and St Basil’s Church on the corner of Fenham Hall Drive and Wingrove Road North. Previous AGM information can be found here, and paperwork will be issued in January ahead of the meeting
Finally, anyone who has picked up the 2016 Thompson & Morgan Seed Catalogues from the Moorside Shop over the past few weeks: please note that we need your completed order form and payment (made out to Thompson & Morgan Ltd) returned to the Moorside Shop no later than 12 noon on Sunday 20th December 2015. This deadline enables us to place our bulk order with the company in time to receive our substantial discounts on both seeds and plants, as well as free delivery (on seeds).
2nd December - Topsoil & Christmas Crafts Event
The Trading Hut page has information on the availability of some enriched topsoil available at £35 per ton, we've also been told about an Christmas craft event taking place this weekend in Exhibition Park - click the poster for more information
20th November - Committee Meeting Minutes, Water & Toilets
The October Committee minutes are now available on the committee page or click here. With the expected cold snap this weekend, the water supply will be turned off tomorrow until late March / early April (once the threat of frosts drops off) and the pipes drained down to prevent frost damage. This also means the on-site toilets will be closed as well until the spring.
2nd November - Greening Wingrove News & Free Pizza!
Greening Wingrove have been heavily involved in the organising of the "Back to the Land IV" conference next Saturday (7th November) in Jarrow - more information can be found on the new Local Events page.
In addition, the Greening Wingrove Orchard Group have busily been building a pizza oven, which will be formally launched on Saturday 14th November in the Bike Garden in Nunsmoor Park - the pizza will be free, but donations are welcome. For more information click here or visit the Local Events page
21st October - Water Supply, skip, And The Bonfire Season Approaches
Bonfires on allotments are permitted from 1st November to 31st March every year. If you are planning on burning anything on your plot please read the Bonfire Code Of Practice beforehand, and please remember:
- Don’t light your fire when the wind is blowing towards local residents’ properties or likely to cause a thi ck haze across the main road.
- Try to choose a dry day when the material you are burning is not too wet and therefore likely to create lots of smoke.
- Make sure your fire is extinguished before you leave your allotment.
- Remember that burning of plastics and treated wood is not allowed as both give off noxious fumes.
- Consider our wildlife and make sure there are no little creatures, especially hedgehog, living in your bonfire heap.
Water Supply - As a general rule, we turn off our mains water supply at the main stopcock on Nunsmoor at the end of October. This is done to avoid any damage to pipework from the frosts. The system is drained, taps are left open and the toilets cleaned and closed up for the winter. If the weather is mild, as it has been this year, we might leave the water on for a little longer but we keep an eye on the forecasts and take immediate action to avoid problems. Therefore, should gardeners wish to fill water butts etc, please do so before the end of October, to be on the safe side.
Autumn Skip - Twice a year at the beginning and end of the season, we organise a skip to take away selected rubbish from our allotments that cannot be burned. We are expecting our autumn skip towards the end of October, so keep a look out for the notice that Krys, our Secretary, posts on each of the entrance gates with updated information, including items which are not to be ‘skipped’. For instance please remember that the skip is not the place for importing off-site domestic rubbish, nor is it acceptable to dispose of wood, tyres, weeds, hedge cuttings etc on it. Please empty plastic bags into the skip as loose rubbish takes up less room. Metal can be heaped tidily behind the trading hut and we get a local scrap merchant to take it away.
Finally, please do not overload the skip. Once it is full, you will invariably see a polite notice to that effect on the side. The suppliers can refuse to take it if it is too full, so please help us in that respect.
15th October - Trading Hut, Swap & Share Event, Allotment Community Survey
Newcastle Outer west are running a surplus produce swap & share on Saturday 17th October, more information available here. We've also had a request from Keiji Makino who is currently studying for a PhD at Newcastle University. The study will focus particularly on the allotment gardens and allotment Communities, their activities, values, concerns and prospects, and Keiji would like to obtain plot holders’ opinions and stand points over the allotment gardens. Click here for the survey form. Finally the latest Trading Hut rota is now available - new volunteers are always welcome! Speak to Susan if you're interested.
9th October - September Committee Minutes
The September committee minutes are now available to read here
6th October - 2016 Kings Seeds & Thompson & Morgan Seed Catalogues Now Out!
With the nights drawing in and the garden winding down for the winter, the Kings Seeds, and Thompson & Morgan Seed Cataloges are available. For more information head over to the Trading Hut pages. Both catalogues are available from the trading hut now, so get planning out your 2016 growing!
1st October - Moorside annual show: September 12th - Thank You Everyone!
Our Moorside Annual Show is one of the highlights of our Moorside Allotments year and a lot of work goes into its organisation to ensure the event is enjoyable for all our visitors and gardeners alike.
I would therefore like to thank everyone concerned in making sure our 2015 event carried on the high standard, despite the dreadful weather.
First of all, a big thank you to the small show group whose regular meeting started very early in the year and who co-ordinated the show brochure, annual award trophies, obtained prestigious raffle prizes and sought support from interesting show stands, amongst a host of other detailed tasks.
Thank you to the team of volunteers who put up the roof cover, marquees and gazebos, set out the show tent to house the competition exhibitors and even provided an invaluable PA system so we could all hear what was going on.
Another annual attraction is the FOOD! The barbecue team Krys and Paul Gaffney never fail to disappoint with their grilled selection, while Nicky Walter and her team bring us a steady stream of drinks and tasty savoury and sweet delicacies donated by our gardeners and Association friends.
Thank you to all our stall holders who weathered the storm to man the welcome table, the varied stalls selling books, plants, jams and chutneys, artworks and conduct face painting.
And of course, admiration must go to the many gardeners who, despite a very strange year weatherwise, managed to produce a wealth of exhibits for our annual competition.
Finally and most importantly, thank you everyone who turned out as a guest in the pouring rain, ensuring another successful event. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
A report of the show with a list of prize-winners and lots of images can be viewed separately on the website soon.
Chairman, Moorside Allotments Association.
30th September 2015.
25th September - WEA "Swap A Lot's"
The Workers’ Educational Association Green Branch are holding a series of Fruit & Veg swaps starting this weekend. Get rid of surplus produce and swap it for something you need - more information on the Offers & Wanted page
17th September - Committee Minutes & Plant Scheme Firesale
The August Committee Meeting Minutes are now available to read,and EVERYTHING MUST GO in the Plant scheme end of season firesale. Discounts on herbs, flowers and fruit bushes: See the Plant Scheme page for more information
We've also been made aware of a planned Lifelong Learning even can be found on the News page.
News and photos from the City and Moorside shows are coming soon once everyone dries out.
2nd September - City Show this weekend!
|Don't forget it's the City Allotment Show this weekend: The show organisers are looking for any surplus fruit / veg or flowers that can be donated to sell on stalls. It would be great if we could all help supply the organisers (the Allotment Working Group) with produce on the day of the show to sell to the members of the public. The money raised enables the group to support small projects on allotment sites throughout the year. Please deliver any produce to Westgate Centre for Sport , West Road , Newcastle on Saturday 5th September throughout the day (but no later than 4pm) or on the day of the show, 6th September before 10.30am. The café will be open on both days selling a range of sandwiches / fresh cakes /scones teas & coffees and more .|
24th August - Moorside Show
The Moorside Show brochure and entry forms are now available at the trading hut, if you wish to exhibit your fruit or vegetables please collect your brochure and form from the shop during normal Trading Hut hours
20th August - Moorside Summer Newsletter
The bi-annual Newsletter is now available to read. Many thanks to everyone who have helped make this happen!
17th August - July Committee Minutes
The minutes of the July committee meeting are now available on the committee page
16th August - Trading Hut Rota & Newsletter
Revised Trading Hut rota now available (Trading hut open 10-12 every Saturday & Sunday). The Summer 15 newsletter is expected to be available this week
8th August - Plant Scheme
“Silly season” has drawn to a close but there is stock available for late summer planting.
Planting fruit bushes is best done during late summer/autumn and spring. We have several redcurrant and gooseberry bushes. They are thriving in the ground and can be supplied as bare rooted plants for immediate planting.
Some perennials and biennials are being grown on, but we currently have dwarf wallflowers ready to plant out. We also have chilli plants which can be kept in a warm place including a kitchen window sill.
Stock will also be available at our autumn show. September is an “in-between” time for plants but is also the time for house plants. If anyone has unwanted house plants, or cuttings, please let Sue know via email, pop a message in the red post box beside the middle gate or bring them to the shop area during normal trading hut hours. (Please do not leave plants outside).
31st July - Trading Hut News & Woodchippings
There's also been a delivery of free woodchippings for paths, walkways etc by the trading hut. First-come first-served, but it's hoped further deliveries will follow.
24th July - Jam Making & Coxlodge Open Day
Work is continuing on the mammoth task of making jam for the Moorside show in September (work-in-progress action shot at the right hand side); and Beverley is still looking for donations of fruit and 1lb jam jars (see the Offers & Wanted page for more information).
Coxlodge Allotments are holding an open day on Saturday 15th August (12-2pm) to showcase the changes that have taken place there as a result of recent U-decide funding (which have led to creation of new facilities including a classroom, composting toilet and community plot).
Click the poster for more details
22nd July - 2015 Newcastle City Allotments Competition
The official external judging for the 2015 Newcastle Allotments competition took place during the first week in July and we learned from Mark Todd, the City Allotments Officer, that the standard across the city has improved beyond expectations over the past few years. Such excellence makes the judging much more difficult although with a formal list of criteria to work with, the adjudication process is helped enormously.
It is with great pride that we are able to report once again Moorside’s very own Stan and Audrey Tortoise’s success in retaining the top spot across the City in the Best Plot with Glass category. Many congratulations! Your garden is always a joy to look at and reflects the hard work put into it. As an association, Moorside Allotments also came back into the top three sites overall, after a lapse in 2014, coming third in the City’s Best Allotment Site category. Well done to our gardeners for setting a standard.
The complete set of results is available here and the list has also been posted on all the Moorside notice boards. We will also be bringing you more pictures and editorial in our next Newsletter, coming out shortly.
The trophies will be presented to the winners at the City Show which is being held at the Westgate Centre for Sport on the West Road on Sunday 6th September - details coming soon!
19th July - June Committee Minutes; Jam Jars & fruit
The minutes of the June committee meeting are now available on the committee page
18th July - Offers & Wanted section
By Popular(ish) demand, we now have a page where you can ask for - or offer - your services, skills or something that you'd like to get or give away. Head over to the Offers & Wanted page and get recycling
15th July - Moorside Show
Whether you would like to take part as an exhibitor of fruit, veg or flowers or would like to join us as a visitor we would be pleased to see you at the Moorside Annual Show on Saturday 12th September. Brochures which include an entry form to place exhibits will be available shortly. Also soon to come will be extra copies of the entry form deposited in two of the notice boards and to collect from the Shop during normal opening hours (10am to noon each Saturday and Sunday).
Keep watching the website for further updates, or for more information on the show see here
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7th July - latest Trading Hut prices list available
The website is currently being redesigned - please bear with us while this takes place. The old website can be found here