Polytunnel Planters now available to rent!

The much-anticipated planters in the new Polytunnel are now available to rent. Read on to find out more…

 

Key Facts
  • There are 12 planters available to rent for £10 per year.
  • The planters can be viewed in the image above, or in person at the Elfleda Road site.
  • One planter per member (unless demand is sufficiently low).

What are the benefits of Polytunnels?

Polytunnels provide several benefits, mostly centred around the fact that the climate inside them is warmer than outside throughout the year. That means it’s possible to grow a great number of different fruits and vegetables which would struggle outdoors – for example peppers, aubergine and even melons! This also means, of course, that the growing season for the regular British favourites can be extended too – you’ll have the ability to start sowing earlier in the year. In addition, produce grown in Polytunnels is sheltered from heavy rain, wind and frost.

Interested? Here’s what to do…

If you would like to rent a planter inside the Polytunnel for £10 per year, please email us at whitehill.allotment.society@gmail.com stating clearly your name and plot number.

 
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Rent 2018

Our yearly rent and membership fees are due to be paid on the weekend of 29th September. Please find full details via the link below.

Rent 2018 Information

There is also information about seed and potato orders for the next year. Seed catalogues and potato order forms will be available in the Shop from 18th September.

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New Whitehill Wildlife Steering Group

Flora and Fauna across our sites is alive and kicking. While we attend to the flora, we also have a responsibility to respect and protect the animals around us – even those considered a nuisance. Two committee members, Ruth Wood and Rahelly Cutting Ben Meir, have a particular passion for this and would like to establish a sub-committee to take the lead. Their first task will be to produce an informational leaflet outlining techniques for protecting both our produce and the wildlife in a responsible way.

Ruth and Rahelly are looking for people to join the group and help affect change – if you are interested, please email them at ruth@cambridgecyrenians.org.uk and rahelly.cutting@icloud.com.

July Committee Meeting Minutes

Our bi-monthly Committee meeting was held on Monday 9th July. Topics this time included the next BBQ event, wildlife on our sites, and the latest funding applications we have submitted. The minutes are available to view via the link below.

July Committee Meeting Minutes

Cheers!

Committee Meeting Minutes – May 2018

Please use the link below to read the minutes of the Committee Meeting held on 14th May 2018.

Minutes of Committee meeting 14 May 2018

April Newsletter (late but still relevant!)

Please find the April newsletter here. We apologise for the delay in distributing it. It has some excellent articles, including information about ordering seeds via the Society and charitable projects.

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We need your skills!

Are you a plot holder with us? Do you want to contribute to improving the running of the Society? If so, read on…

The Allotments are run by a small but dedicated team of plot holders, most of whom are long-standing members of the Society. The Committee are looking for one or two people with knowledge of machinery to help check, maintain and instruct in the use of the tools we have available to hire from the shop. There is a good number and variety of power tools available, but they need regular checks and maintenance in order to be utilised fully, as well as some guidance on their use. If you feel you could help in this area and give a small amount of time towards it, we want to hear from you! We are also looking for an electrician to consult on small issues and potentially help out with small fixes to our facilities. If you are interested, please email us using the details on the right, or talk to a committee member.

In addition, we are looking to raise funds for a new rotavator for general use by plot holders. The rotavators currently available are rather old, and hence difficult to maintain. Investing in a new one will increase our ability to help members with their manual tasks which are especially demanding at this time of year for some people. All donations will be noted and will allow that person use of the new machine free of charge up to the value of their contribution. The ever-reliable Mark Bye will be overseeing the purchase of the appropriate machine, while Rahelly Cutting Ben Meir is organising the fundraising. If you would like to know more, please email us using the details on the right, or talk to a committee member. If you would like to donate, please drop a cheque into the shop during its opening hours, or alternatively hand it to a Committee member.

Thank you!

Compost delivery on Friday 4th May

There will be a delivery of compost to the Elfleda Road site on Friday 4th May. To ensure that everybody is able to benefit from this, we ask that each member takes a maximum of 5 wheelbarrows of compost from the skip.

Thank you!