Thursday, 24 March 2011

Spring Social 15th April 2011

A chance to meet fellow gardeners over a drink in this traditional, local pub.  New members of the Association warmly welcomed as well as all the more familiar faces!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Allotment Plotholders Exhibit Their Work at York Open Studios 2011

York Open Studios is one of the highlights of York’s visual arts calendar.  This year will be its 10th Anniversary!  It will be held over two weekends, 1, 2 and 3 April and 8, 9 and 10 April 2011

Don’t miss this free opportunity to visit a grand total of 119 of York’s best professional artists and makers in their homes, studios or exhibition spaces.  There will be an even wider variety of work on view and for sale - paintings, prints, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, wood-carving, photography, sculpture and more…

This year several local allotment holders past and present will be taking part including....

Andrew Burningham - Sculpture and Furniture

Residences for discerning birds constructed from hardwoods and metal.
Mirror frames in contrasting hardwoods with patinated metal inserts.

Susan Denis - Painting

Figurative oil paintings. Subjects include landscape, still life and memory.

Fiona Fitzgerald - Ceramics

Richly patterned and textured vessels and wall shields using rolled, torn and reassembled clay

Marianne Von Tucka - Ceramics

Contemporary ceramic vessels, wall pieces and sculptural objects with glazes applied in layers to create vibrant and contrasting surface.

To find out more information about the other artists and all the venues visit

2011 AGM

A full house at Southlands Methodist Church Hall
Around 45 members attended this year's AGM.  There was praise all round from the chair, Graham Sanderson and an impressive and sound financial picture from the treasurer, Mike Oldfield (although Mike was unable to attend Graham presented his figures).  5 new committee members were elected, 7 people stood again and 4 people stepped down.  There were no changes to the constitution.

The AGM business was followed by an informative and entertaining talk by Scarcroft bee keeper, Hugh MacPherson.  Hugh's had had various trials and tribulations with his bees since starting a few years ago and the main aim of his talk seemed to be to discourage anyone else from keeping bees, but he presented this argument in such an engaging and interesting way that I am not sure he will have achieved his goal.

Hugh's Hives in the snow

Planet Southbank's Community Garden

Planet South Bank are pleased to announce thier first community gardening venture. They're working with Edible York to transform land at St Clements Church, Scarcroft Road, from grass and (elderly) rose bushes, to fruit, veg, herbs and edible flowers. They need  help to make this happen, starting with a work party on March 26th, 11am to 3pm, when we’ll be creating some beds ready to take the seeds, seedlings and plants that Edible York are providing for us. Come and join in – even if only for a little while. We’ll have spades and forks, but do bring your own gardening gloves if you have them. We’ll have a stall there, so you can find out more about Planet South Bank and pick up some information on reducing your carbon footprint (and saving money) at the same time.

 All welcome - this community garden is for everyone who is interested in growing (and eating) beautiful edible plants, especially all the local people who are deprived of growing space. Local people are welcome to come and do a little weeding, pruning or planting - or pick some of the produce, when it’s ready – or get more involved by becoming part of the ’stewarding group’ who will plan what will be planted. For more information on this, please contact

Meet the 2011 Committee

Here is the 2011 Scarcroft and District Allotment and Amateur Gardeners' Association Committee.
This year we welcome five new members - Luke Bevan, Katy Brierley, Gill Wignall, Adrian Clayton & Sarah Austin.

That makes 8 from Scarcroft, 4 from Hob Moor and 2 from Hospital Fields.

2011 Scarecrow Festival Entries Wanted

2nd Annual Southbank Scarecrow Festival
Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May
Kings, Queens and WeddingsAfter the success of last year's scarecrow festival, Planet Southbank have decided to do it all again, with a new theme - Kings, Queens and Weddings. As they are a climate change action group, they would urge scarecrow to be made using recycled/eco-friendly resources. Prizes will be awarded for: Most Imaginative, Most Eco-friendly and Most Regal scarecrows.
To make this a success they need your scarecrows! If you would like to take part please visit their website and print out and submit the application form. They will put together a trail leaflet that will go on sale in local shops. Closing date for entries is Friday 8th April.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Orchid Demonstration

Members are invited to an Orchid Demonstration at Dean's Garden Centre, York with award-winning orchid grower and RHS gold medalist Chris Channon on Sunday 10th April 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  No need to book, just turn up on the day - entry is free. 
Chris Channon will be there to talk about all things orchid related - growing, propagating, re-potting and general care.  You're also invited to bring along orchids of your own that you're having problems with to one of the 'Orchid MOT Clinics for free, expert advice.

MOT clinic - 10.30 - 11.00 a.m.
Cultural Talk - 11.00 - 11.30 a.m.
MOT clinic - 11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Re-potting demonstration from 2.00 p.m. followed by another MOT clinic.

And don't forget that your 2011 Scarcroft Allotment Association Membership card entitles you to 10% discount on most garden items at Dean's!

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Call for New Committee Members

Do you fancy getting more involved in the Scarcroft and District Allotment Associaton by joining our committee?

We are looking for new active members.  It is a lively, fun and active committee which is open to new ideas and input.  Meetings are held between 5 and 6 times a year on a Wednesday evening 7 - 9pm at the Golden Ball Pub. There is a break in the middle of proceedings to refill your glass.   It is our policy to share out the tasks, so new members would be expected to take on a role of their choosing (e.g. updating the membership list, promoting an event, volunteering to help at an event, taking the minutes, sending out the tweets, liaising with the police etc) .  Ideally new committee members would also be able to comit to helping out in the allotment shop, either by doing a shift over the weekend once a month or by helping with the bagging up on the occasional weekday daytime. 

Being a member of the committee is highly rewarding, whether you just do a stint of a couple of years, or become a long time member.  You will get to know what is going on across all our different alloment sites from a number of different perspectives, be able to get your own opinion heard and have an opportunity to develop or change what happens on the sites.  You will have the chance to get much more involved in your local community and have the pleasure of knowing that you are providing a service and events that help others enjoy and get involved with their local community too.

If you think you would like to get involved either put your name forward at the AGM or contact Graham on

If you think the committee is not for you but you would like to help out in the allotment shop 1 to 2 times a month you would also be very welcome.  You can put your name forward at the AGM or come into the shop or contact us on the email above.
The 2010 committee

Katie Brierley and Adrian Clayton who are joining the committee in 2011

A Golden Ball committee meeting with most of the members out of shot!

Get Growing, Get Going, Get Sowing!


There will be a Children's Vegetable Growing event held on Scarcroft Allotments on Saturday March 19th 10.30 – 11.30 am

The event will take place by the allotment shop and will be run by Laura Potts and Bronwen Gray

Laura and Bronwen will be showing participants how to sow different seeds and look after them so they grow into healthy plants and how to make your own plant pots from newspaper.

You will need to bring any seeds you have, egg boxes, loo roll, tubes, pots, clear plastic bags, newspaper.

£1 to cover costs. Adults welcome too!

This will be our first event aimed specifically at children so we hope to get loads of participants.  If you would like to see more of these types of events please come along and support it on the day.

Toilet rolls as pots for seeds.

Local plotholders children at last summer's feast.

A taste of what you could grow!
Salad crops coming along nicely.
More local plot holders

AGM 2011

The Scarcroft and District Allotment Association Annual General Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 16th March 2011 in Room 2 (upstairs) at Southlands Methodist Church,  Southlands Rd.


1. Welcome
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of the AGM held on 17th March 2010
4. Chair’s report
5. Treasurer’s report
6. Proposals for changes to the constitution
7. Election of the committee
8. Andrenalin Gardening - Bees on Allotments - a talk by Hugh MacPherson

There will also be a seed swop, held before the meeting starts.  Please bring any seeds that you would like to swop carefully labelled.

Please come along and put your name down if you want to join the committee and / or work in the allotment shop.  New volunteers are very welcome.

See you there.
Hugh's beehives in the snow

Scarcroft Allotments Site Care Day 2011

The Scarcroft Site Care Day took place on the 26th of February 2011. 

Many thanks to the 20 or so folks that turned up to help and especially to Sally Hayes and Roger Lee who provide 2 delicious types of homemade cakes for the workers to have with their tea and coffee in the allotment shop afterwards.  The team managed to clear the entire site of litter, clear mud from some of the concrete/stone paths and made another dint in the pile of chippings still covering the car park.  (please note we still haven't managed to clear the whole car park so if you want chipings - FOR FREE - please take them from the center of the car park first.)

I am sorry that I didn' manage to catch everyone's names but a big thanks to all who helpe out, including:

Sara Robin
Iris Wells
Caroline Boreham
Charlie, Vince and Lizzie Mitchell
Mary Andrews
Jenny Hartland
Andrew Burningham
Caroline Bush
Hugh MacPherson
Angela and Nick Longman
Gill Wignall
Linda Terry
Debbie Pendle
Win Derbyshire
Plus several others...
Caroline Bush on the endless task of shifting the chippings

Folks having tea in the hut afterwards - From Left to Right - Caroline Boreham, Charlie Mitchell, Jenny Hartland,  Mary Andrews,and Andrew Burningham, Vince Mitchell and Lizzie

Iris Wells and Sara Robin (Sara directing folks and shifting barrows of chippings).