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Annual Show 2022 – the results

It was great to see so many of you at the Annual Show this year. We had lots of impressive entries into the vegetable, fruit, flower and baking categories despite the difficult growing conditions over the summer. We also enjoyed delicious cakes and savoury snacks along with a plant sale and learning more about bees. Take a look at all the winners below and a selection photos from the day.

Thanks to all the volunteers to helped set up and tidy away on the day in addition to everyone who baked cakes and donated plants. Thanks also to Helen Lawrence and Nadia Mackenzie for some of the photos below.

ANNUAL SHOW CATEGORY WINNERS

BHAS SOCIETY AWARDS

  • Plot of the Year – Janet Lavender
  • Best Newcomer’s Plot – Andrew and Melanie Hall
  • Show Person of the Year (for most points scored in show) – Janet Lavender
Class First place
 VEGETABLES 
1Aubergines x 2John Padgett
2Peppers x 3Janet Lavender
3Chili peppers x 4No entries
4Beetroot x 4 – with 8cm of topsPam Islip
5French Beans x 6 – any colour, any type (keep stalks on)Ronnie Bendall
6Runner Bean x 6 (keep stalks on)Helen Lawrence
7Carrot x 4 – with 8cm carrot topsJanet Lavender
8Courgette x 4Pam Islip
9Cucumber x 1Kate Humber
10Garlic x 3John Padgett
11Marrow x 1- no longer than 38 cm (15 inches)Black / Armitage 
12Onions x 4 – outer skins only removed (leave 3 inches of stem)Janet Lavender
13Shallots x 6Harriet Graham
14Potatoes x 4Terrance Farrar
15Pumpkin  x 1                                              Richard Jones
16Squash x 1No name
17Sweetcorn x 2 (with outer leaves)John Padgett
18Beef tomato x 4 – with stalksNo entries
19Cherry tomato x 6 – with stalksTally Foster
20Medium tomato x 4 – with stalks                        Andrew & Melanie Hall
21Mixed vegetables – 1 each of 5 kinds (presentation up to you!)                                                                        Max Gold
22Any vegetable x 1 (this is for any vegetable NOT in the above categories)Janet Lavender
23Biggest vegetable x 1Ronnie Bendall
24Herbs in a jam jar – please write a list of the herbs you display and place with the jarPam Islip
   
 FRUIT 
25Apples x 4Black / Armitage
26Top fruit (pears, plums, quinces, etc.) any kind x 4Ronnie Bendall
27Soft fruit, any kind x 10 (where possible leave stems)Andrew & Melanie Hall
28Any other fruit x4No entries
   
 FLOWERS 
29Mixed flowers in a vase, arrange as you wishNo entries
30A single variety of flowers in vaseTally Foster
31Dahlias x 6 stems, same varietyJohn Padgett
32Largest diameter Sunflower Head x 1No entries
33Tallest Sunflower plant inc. Head x 1No entries
   
 CHILDREN 
34aAged up to 10 years. Mini garden on a seed tray – create your own miniature garden.Miles Goodwin
34bAged 11 – 18 years. Mini garden on a seed tray – create your own miniature garden.No entries
35aAged up to 10 years. Vegetable monster/pet – decorate and create using vegetables, fruit and/or herbs.Ruari Milne
35bAged 11 – 18 years. Vegetable monster/pet – decorate and create using vegetables, fruit and/or herbs.No entries
 
 COOKERY 
36A glass jar of homemade fruit jam, any kindDiane Black
37A Victoria Sponge Cake – your family’s favourite recipeKate & Stuart  Humber
38A glass jar of homemade chutney, any kindRobert Ewing
   
 MAKE US LAUGH 
41‘Make us laugh’ category for the funniest or weirdest shaped Vegetable or Fruit – open to all ages.Ronnie Bendall

Open Day – 15th May 2022

The BHAS Open Day will be on Sunday 15th May this year from 2 – 5pm. It’s been three years since we have been able to host an open day and we would like you to join us in welcoming all the new plot holders who have taken up plots since then. 

What is the Open Day?

The Open Day is an opportunity to meet new plot holders, see what other members are growing and socialise with the allotment community. It also enables the wider East Sheen community to visit the allotments and get inspiration. It’s a great family event and we will be selling afternoon teas too, so come hungry!

Activities at the Open Day

  • Throughout the afternoon we will have tea, coffee, squash and delicious cakes available to purchase. 
  • We will also have a plant stall and for the first time a seed swap. Please bring any seeds you would like to swap (labelled with name and variety, if not in a commercial envelope). 
  • For the first time we will also have an ‘Ask an Expert’ station. We will be on hand to answer all your general gardening and growing questions!


We need help with the following:

  • Plants donations for the plant stall. Perhaps when you divide some plants at home or on your plot? Vegetable plugs are always popular too if you have any spare seedlings. If you have any seed packets to donate to help us start the seed swap, that would also be helpful. 
  • Baking cakes. If you could bake your favourite cake for us to sell as part of the afternoon teas that would be great. We would be grateful to receive whole cakes, tray bakes, brownies or cupcakes.
  • Setting up/clearing away and serving afternoon teas. If you are free on the day to help set up or serve afternoon teas for an hour or so we would love to hear from you. Please reply to this email. 

Please let us know if you can contribute anything by emailing us info@eastsheenallotments.com

We look forward to seeing you all!

2021 BHAS Annual General Meeting – Minutes, Chair’s & Treasurer’s Reports

The 2021 BHAS Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 6 November 2021 at the Communal Garden at Hertford Avenue. After no AGM was held in 2020 and a delayed 2021 AGM, both due to COVID-19, it was wonderful to see many BHAS members and to address the business of the allotment society.

The BHAS remains in good financial standing and any ideas for improvements on the plots can be put forward to your site rep. Additionally, donations were made to four charities, each to receive £250.

Our sincere thanks to the committee members continuing in their positions and a big welcome to the newly elected committee members! The Allotment Society Committee are all volunteers and the Society’s principal concerns are the well-being of the allotments and promoting the interests of our members.

If you are interested in volunteering for the society, please let us know as there remain a few open positions.

The agenda, minutes, chair’s report, and treasurer’s report can be accessed here:

BHAS Annual Show 2021

On Sunday 12th September 2021 we held our first Annual Show for two years. It was brilliant to see so many plot holders return to show their produce and enjoy delicious cakes and tea. Here is a snapshot of the day, showing the excellent array of produce being judged.

Thank you to everyone who kindly volunteering their time setting up, judging, hosting the plant stall and raffle and baking delicious cakes.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Congratulations to all our show winners.

Cup winners:

Best Showperson – John Hynd

Best Plot – Dino Franz and Sarah Willard

Best newcomer’s plot – Cath Brooks and Ben Gothard (pictured above).

Show category winners:

Class 1st
 VEGETABLES 
1Aubergines x 2John Hynd
2Peppers x 3John Hynd
3Chili peppers x 4John Padgett
4Beetroot x 4 – with 8cm of topsPam Islip
5French Beans x 6 – any colour, any type (keep stalks on)John Padgett
6Runner Bean x 6 (keep stalks on)Clara Molden
7Carrot x 4 – with 8cm carrot topsDiane Black
8Courgette x 4Chris Lawrence
9Cucumber x 1Clara  Molden & Rob Ayward
10Garlic x 3John & Carol Lyons
11Marrow x 1 – no longer than 38 cm (15 inches)    –
12Onions x 4 – outer skins only removed (leave 3 inches of stem)   –
13Shallots x 6Harriet Graham
14Potatoes x 4Diane Black
15Pumpkin / Squash x 1                                               Joint FirstOliver Family & Fiona Heath
16Sweetcorn x 2 (with outer leaves)John Padgett
17Beef tomato x 4 – with stalksJohn Hynd
18Cherry tomato x 6 – with stalksJohn Padgett
19Medium tomato x 4 – with stalks                         Joint FirstPam Islip &         (no name)
20Mixed vegetables – 1 each of 5 kinds (presentation up to you!)                                                                          Joint FirstMark Gourley & John Hynd
21Any vegetable x 1 (this is for any vegetable NOT in the above categories)Yvonne Langley
22Biggest vegetable x 1Oliver Family
23Herbs in a jam jar – please write a list of the herbs you display and place with the jarHarriet Graham
   
 FRUIT 
24Apples x 4Diane Black
25Top fruit (pears, plums, quinces, etc.) any kind x 4      –
26Soft fruit, any kind x 10 (where possible leave stems)John Padgett
27Any other fruitGary Hazel
   
 FLOWERS 
28Mixed flowers in a vase, arrange as you wishHarriet Graham
29A single variety of flowers in vaseClara Molden
30Dahlias x 6 stems, same varietyJohn Hynd
31Largest diameter Sunflower Head x 1John Padgett
32Tallest Sunflower plant inc. Head x 1Charlie Armour
   
 CHILDREN 
34aAged up to 10 years. Mini garden on a seed tray – create your own miniature garden.Myles Goodwin
34bAged 11 – 18 years. Mini garden on a seed tray – create your own miniature garden.    –
35aAged up to 10 years. Vegetable monster/pet – decorate and create using vegetables, fruit and/or herbs.Myles Goodwin
35bAged 11 – 18 years. Vegetable monster/pet – decorate and create using vegetables, fruit and/or herbs.Oliver Goodwin
 COOKERY 
36A glass jar of homemade fruit jam, any kindAlastair Kennedy
37A Victoria Sponge Cake – your family’s favourite recipeDiane Black
38A glass jar of homemade chutney, any kindPam Islip
   
 MAKE US LAUGH 
41‘Make us laugh’ category for the funniest or weirdest shaped Vegetable or Fruit – open to all ages.Oliver Family

The Grape Collective

The Grape Collective

Fellow plot holder Gary Hazell has produced several bottles of wine from his harvest of grapes. He harvested over 83 kilos from one vine that produced 56 75cl bottles. His grapes were delivered to the team at Urban Wines last September, who produce a range of products under Chateau Tooting. The 2020 vintage is a Rose made up of grapes collected from several plot sites including Gary’s.

Gary has created a new not-for-profit organisation called The Grape Collective. This is a small voluntary business that will look to collect grapes from different plot holders and sites with the aim to take these to the Urban Wines team to produce more wine from the next set of harvests due in September. You can then buy back the fruits of your labour as bottled wine.

Gary is also interested to know if any plot holders would like to learn how to tend their vines, when and how to prune and general care and harvest. He is considering offering a short viticulture course for those interested. 

Dealing with weeds

Follow plot holder Janet Bostock has shared her tips on dealing with weeds at the plot.

“The old adage, “a plant in the wrong place” is true. Whether native or a plant from another country, pretty and attractive to pollinators, if they spread too easily and are difficult to control then they become a problem.

You can save time by knowing them and removing them BEFORE they have settled in!

Why might that pretty plant become a problem?

Because it is difficult to control and difficult to remove once established.

Because the plant readily spreads across your plot, to neighbouring plots, gardens or over the fence into the wild.

Some examples:

Plants with deep roots (dandelions, blackberry, horse radish, green alkanet, ash, oak). Many arrive as seedlings which are easy to remove while small.

Plants with runners above or below ground (ground ivy, bindweed, nettles)

Plants seeding and spreading easily (dandelions, euphorbias, pendulous sedge)

Plants with bulbs, increasing both by seed and new bulbs (garlics, oxalis, Spanish bluebells)

Removing “weeds” when small, before they establish, is much easier than waiting till they become a problem.

Monty Don’s advice.

I haven’t mentioned horsetails. Just a nightmare of an invasive weed!

There are others that appear, foxgloves or forget me not for example, which are easy to pull up if in the way so can be enjoyed or moved to a convenient place.

Some can be eaten and enjoyed – Three cornered leek, all of the plant can be eaten, treated as a small leek.  Young nettle leaves make a delicious nettle soup.

Enjoy your gardening.

Janet Bostock”

Updated Trading Shed price list now available

An updated price list for the Trading Shed has been updated to the Trading Shed website along with sizes and general stock.

The Shed is currently open on Saturday and Sundays from 11am and noon.

The Trading Shed is located at the Hertford Avenue allotment site located at Hertford Avenue, SW14 8EQ and run by Mark and Sheena.

The Trading Shed is one of the benefits of Barnes Horticultural and Allotment Society (BHAS) membership; discounted seeds, fertilisers, and other gardening supplies are available for purchase during the growing season.

All stock is offered at a discount to garden centre prices to BHAS members.