Chairman’s Newsletter

Dear Fellow Plot Holders,

1. AGM: The AGM will be held on Sunday 2nd April at 3:00 in Emmanuel Parish Hall, Didsbury. Before the AGM, at 2:00, there will be a talk by Mike Vernon and Robert Duff, from the Environmental Agency, about the EA’s work in the Mersey Valley. At the AGM there will be an up-date of progress with the new pavilion. Parking is available off Barlow Moor Road beside the church hall.

THERE ARE A FEW ONION SETS AND LOTS OT SHALLOTS( which are very easy to grow)!
Plenty of fertilisers and a variety of composts too. SLUG PELLETS AND MORE…… As always, we require volunteers on Sunday from 11:00 to 12:00 to help in the shop.

3. Manure: We have decided to move the manure to a site near the bonfire. We are also installing a letterbox in the shop door so that plot holders can pay when they take manure, in an attempt to reduce the numbers that ‘forget’ to pay.

4. Allotment competition. At the 2017 Manchester Allotments Competition P.J. Rowley, plot 71, won two prizes, one of which was for the best allotment in south Manchester. Congratulations P.J.!


Christmas Event

The Bradley Fold Allotments Christmas event for plot holders and their families will be held in the Rugby Club on Sunday the 13th December from 11:00-12:30. Mulled wine and soft drinks will be provided; please bring some mince pies.

For those looking for a last minute Christmas present, the Soup Book has been reprinted and copies will be available. Written by Graham Carlisle and illustrated by Anne Mackinnon, the book costs £4.95. Greeting cards showing views of the allotments will also be available.

The 2015 Allotment Competition Certificates, as awarded by the Council to successful plot holders, can be collected at the event.

RHS Didsbury in Bloom – Bradley Fold, Silver Gilt Winner

Bradley Fold has entered RHS Northwest in Bloom for the last three years. The allotments won Level 3, Silver, in 2012 and Level 5, Gold, in 2013 . Last year we were awarded Level 4, Silver Gilt, missing gold again by just a few points. The awards are on display in the shop.

As part of the project, we bought the barrels by the car park and planted them up and have planted a number of bulbs in and close to the site. Last year some daffodils were planted on Ford Lane just past the allotment entrance and these are now coming up. Mostly it is about showing the judges what we do on the allotments which is to look after the land and grow things.

Bradley Fold will now be part of the entry for RHS Britain in Bloom national finals, since it is a part of the successful Didsbury in Bloom group which, as a whole, was awarded Best Urban Community in the North West in 2014. Something to live up to!

Judging will be at the end of July / beginning of August

If you are interested in helping around the allotments to support our entry for 2015 do get in touch with David Sweet.