Minutes of the Committee Meeting of the 26th March are available for download in Word format here.
1. Rents: Rents for next year are due in October and can be paid in the allotment shop on Sunday the 9th or 16th October between 11:00 and 12:00. The rents and membership are the same as last year, £5 membership and £54 rent for a full plot (300 square yards). A 50% concession rate is available on the rent. Plots not 300 square yards pay pro rata.
If it is not convenient for you to visit the shop on the 9th or 16th rents can be sent by post to Gordon Lorimer. Cheques should be made out to Didsbury Gardens Society. If you pay by post or drop the payment off at Gordon’s house, please include a copy of the attached Plot Renewal Form. It is essential that we have your up-to-date details, particularly your email address, and it is a Manchester Council requirement that a Renewal Form is filled-in every year.
2. Seed Catalogues: Kings Seed Catalogues and order forms are in the shop. We be making a bulk order of seeds only (onions and potatoes will be available in the shop, but will be obtained from Loaches, our wholesale supplier) . The completed order forms and payment, comprising the cost of the seeds plus one pound for handling and packaging by Kings, must be returned to the shop by the 30th October. If you do order your seeds through the allotment we get a substantial rebate from Kings which is added to the allotment’s account. Seeds should be in the shop, individually packed for each plot holder, by the end of November. Why not give your friends and relatives some seeds for Christmas?
3. Onions and Garlic: Red and white onion sets and garlic will be available in the shop from Sunday 25th September.
4. Help in the Shop: As always, we need volunteers to help in the shop on Sundays between 11:00 and 12:00. Please sign-up in the shop. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow plot holders and discuss you crop successes. We hope that everyone could spend at least one hour helping in the shop during the year.
Allotment accounts are now available here.
Didsbury Needs a Trophy Cabinet!
Didsbury has had outstanding success in the Britain in a Bloom 2015 awards. Bradley Fold was part of the bid for the national and regional events. Judges particularly commended the community spirit evident in Didsbury.
For your interest the full results are listed below.
RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM 2015:
Didsbury in Bloom awarded Silver Gilt.
RHS NORTH WEST IN BLOOM 2015:
Didsbury awarded Gold and a cup for 'Best in the Urban Community' category.
It's Your Neighbourhood awards:
Level 5, Outstanding, Gold:
• Parsonage Gardens
• St James'
• Sussex Avenue
• Rushton St
• Parrs Wood Environmental Centre
• Ford Lane
• Didsbury village
• Parrs Wood Avenue
• Warburton Street
Level 4, Thriving,Silver Gilt
• Bradley Fold
• Fletcher Moss
• Didsbury Park
• Barlow Moor Community Garden
• Didsbury Baptist Church
Level 2, Improving, Bronze
• Moorland Road
Parsonage Gardens awarded a silver cup for Best Large Neighbourhood (don't ask!)
Reminder 1: The council will be turning off the water supply when the frosts start. Check your water butts.
Reminder 2: We love your photos but if sending please use a small / reduced file size!
Discussions are ongoing and applications for grants are being considered. The Society has a budget but an additional grant would enhance the plans considerably.
The composting toilet is still under consideration.
If anyone has any expertise in grant applications please contact Gordon!
The Sunday barbecue went off well. Thanks to all those who supported the event. The array of salads and sweets was impressive.
Particular thanks to Chris and Louise Smail who helped in so many ways, to John Dennison and Alan Stores who supervised the barbecue and Natalie who organised the whole event.
We were glad the weather was kind.
We have a problem at the site with two invasive plants: Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam.
The Japanese Knotweed is concentrated on the bank in the northeast corner of the site. It is very difficult to remove and should be treated by experts. The Council will spray in July. If you find Japanese Knotweed on your plot, will you please let Gordon Lorimer know.
The Himalayan Balsam was probably brought into the site by floodwater. It spreads when the ripe seed pods explode. It is shallow rooted and can be easily removed by pulling up individual plants. If you find Himalayan Balsam on your plot, please pull it up before the seed pods ripen.