We have today received the following notice from Richmond Council regarding the invoice you have been sent for your allotment rent.
“Due to the implementation of a new process for generating annual invoices, a technical error resulted in the rents charged to concessionary plot holders and standard plot holders being reversed. To resolve, credit notes will be raised to cancel all invoices issued on 1st October 2020 and revised invoices with the correct charges will be issued during the w/c 12th October. Plot holders who are ‘Out of Borough’ are not affected.”
Throughout the summer months, the sunflower population on BHAS plots has been impressive with some absolutely stunning displays. It’s the perfect time, given this week’s wet weather, to revisit some of the impressive yellow giants seen on the East Sheen allotments.
The 2020 Sunflower Competition was originally intended to be a new addition to the BHAS Annual Show traditionally held in September, adding two categories for height and biggest seed head; to mark the new categories, in March, Mongolian Giant sunflower seeds were donated to the Trading Shed by Dino Franz from Hertford 26 and offered for free until they were all claimed.
Due to COVID-19, the Annual Show in September did not go forward, but a virtual growing competition was organised for a bit of lockdown fun.
Entries were submitted through an online form from mid-August through the end of September. Without any further ado, the results are below.
The 2020 Sunflower Competition winners
Tallest Sunflower Plant
Measured from the base of the stem (not including the roots) to the top of the head. The head can be extended to measure the full height of the plant.
🌻 Winner: Susan Borrett, Triangle 8A – 3960mm tall
🥈Runner up: John Padgett, Hertford 41a – 3720mm tall
Biggest Sunflower Head
Measure the diameter of the seed head. The flower petals should not be included.
🌻 Winner: Juan Ramlill, Pavillion 6b – 400mm in diameter
🥈Runner up: John Padgett, Hertford 41a – 370mm in diameter
Thanks to everyone for the beautiful display of sunflowers on our plots and your entries; congratulations to the winners. I think we can agree it was a close competition and fun distraction during lockdown and attracted countless beneficial pollinators and bugs to our plots.
The BHAS Committee looks forward to seeing next years’ sunflowers!
Thank you to all the plot holders who entered our second photography competition. Congratulations to Rhonda Senior (3A Palewell Pavillion) who was chosen at the winner. We had nine entries to the competition and the anonymous judge chose this entry because they were impressed by the amount of crops for just one day’s pick!
Rhonda Senior – Palewell Pavillion
“This represents the items we (my husband, our 11 year old daughter, and I) harvested on the 6th July. As the produce accumulated on the table, it happened to be in a pleasing arrangement of colours and textures.”
John Padgett – Plot 41A Hertford
“This is the developing head of a giant Mongolian Sunflower. Once ripe it will provide hundreds of seeds for birds and other wildlife.”
Simon Silvester – Plot 6 Palewell Park
“Plenty of courgettes and tomatoes now so these will be turned into soup for the freezer. Something to cheer us on a cold winter’s day. Courgettes – Defender, Soleil, Romanesco. Tomatoes – Beefmaster, Coure Di Bue.”
Ronnie Bendall – Plot 51 Hertford
“Bean Feast from Four Lands. England (Handsome Johnny), France (Aurie de Bacau), Slovenia (Fižol Nizek) and Italy (S. Anna).”
Rashid – Plot 48 Hertford
“A selection of my vegetables, it has been a difficult year this year but determination and hard work is paying off and making the produce even more enjoyable!”
Carina McLeod – Plot 17 Triangle
“Thought my veg looked very surreal or maybe slightly impressionistic submerged in water.”
June BHAS Allotment Photo Competition ‘Wildlife’ winner!
Thank you to all the plot holders who entered our first photography competition. Congratulations to David Clark (Palewell Fields) who was chosen at the winner of our first photography competition. We had ten entries to the competition and the anonymous judge chose this entry ‘because we can’t garden and grow without them’.
David Clark – Palewell Fields
The photograph was taken on our allotment at Palewell Fields. A bumblebee on Comfrey.
Judge’s comments: ‘because we can’t garden and grow without them.’
John Padgett – Plot 41A Hertford
Male stag beetle.
Judges comment ‘Rare and endangered and we are obviously “doing it right“ on the plots if they are around.’
Rashid, Plot 48 Hertford Avenue.
This photo shows how wasps are helping save box hedges, once they discover the presence of caterpillars on a hedge they keep coming back time after time to feed on them.
Judges comments: ‘wasps are excellent scavengers and pest controllers.’
Diane McLellan Plot 52 Priory
One of the slow-worms helping with organic pest control on my plot! Slow-worms are actually legless lizards and are a protected species in the UK.
Ronnie Bendall – Plot 51 Hertford
My photo is of a busy ladybird on the leaf of our very vigorous Loch Ness Blackberry.
The picture was taken in early June 2020.
Ben Gritten – 2B Priory
The damselfly was a little camera-shy at first and I spent a good 20 minutes chasing it around my allotment until it decided that I wasn’t a threat and ended up being a very good model, showing off its wings to me!
Judges comments: ‘perfectly framed!’
Fiona Heath – Priory 41.
Ladybird on comfrey.
Pam Islip – 36 Priory
Field Bird’s Nest Fungi (Cyathus olla) found on compost on one of the plots. The nests are about 1 cm across and are quite common. The ‘eggs’ contain the spores and are spread when raindrops hit them, knocking them out of the nest.
Judges comments: ‘Lovely fungus’
Female Stag Beetle at plot 37 Hertford.
Janet Bostock – 39 Hertford.
Nettles can be considered a weed or they can be a bonus crop. Young leaves make a good soup, can be added to risotto or be the leaf used in Pesto. Some wildlife also enjoys a good nettle patch. The black caterpillars are the larvae of the Peacock butterfly. At this stage of the nettle season they are welcome guests and may eat as many leaves as they like!
The theme for the Allotment Photo Competition this month is ‘Current Crops’. We’ve seen many of your pick your first crops and salads over the last few weeks so do send us your best shot! At the end of the month a winner will be chosen and awarded a £5 voucher to spend at The Trading Shed. A special prize will be awarded at the end of the year for best overall photo.
Photo competition rules
– one photo per person can be submitted each month. We welcome entries from both adults and children.
– submit your photo in landscape orientation in .jpeg or .png format and email to email@example.com or use the hashtag #sheengyo on Instagram.
– include your name, site and plot number.
– include a short 2-3 sentence description of the photo.
– photos for the July/August competition must be submitted by 15th August 2020.
– each month the winner will be chosen by an invited judge.
– by submitting your photo you are also consenting to the BHAS Society using it on their social media accounts and website (full credit will be given).
These are unsettling times and Coronavirus is changing the way we live, work and socialise.
We are incredibly lucky in that we have our allotments where we can enjoy a safe and healthy environment, stay active and have a degree of social interaction.
We do have some vulnerable plot holders who are desperate to keep coming up to their plots, so please be respectful of keeping a safe distance from each other.
It is advisable to wear gloves when opening the padlocks/gates or using any communal wheelbarrows and also to hand sanitise if possible. The water will be turned on W/C 23rd March so hand washing will be possible from next week.
The Shed at Hertford Avenue will remain open for the time being. We have a contactless card machine so please try this to save handling money.
The growing season is just about to start, so please enjoy our allotments safely and with consideration for each other.
On Sunday 28th July we came together at the Hertford Road allotment site to dismantle a disused turkey pen. It was a great community event with over a dozen of us lending a hand to clear the site so it can be used for events in the future.
First the main pen was dismantled and where possible materials were reused around the site by plot holders.
It took a couple of hours of clearing the main pen and disused materials behind the turkey pen.
It was then time for some delicious cake, kindly baked by Halina – coconut and cherry or plum sponge plus tea. There was even enough to take a slice home!
And the finished result, what a transformation!
The next job will be to level out the area and then it’s over to you, what would you like to see the space used for? Covered seating area? Polytunnel? Let us know!
The Richmond Council released their newsletter this week and announced that, on Sunday 14 April, they will be hosting a compost giveaway at Holly Road car park in Twickenham. The giveaway runs from 11:00 to 15:00 or until compost is gone.
Each household can take two bags of compost home for free and small electrical items no longer needed can also be recycled.