Annual General Meeting

The AGM is on Thursday 3 Nov. at Meanwood Institute, Green Road at 7:30 pm …

Our Annual General Meeting will be on Thursday, 3 November 2011 at the Meanwood Institute, Green Road at 7:30 pm.  There will be election of officers, prize giving, reports on the year at Hollin Lane Allotments and discussion of our aims for 2012.  All plot holders are very welcome to come along and have their say.

Please support the following shops and businesses who have generously donated prizes:

New Fence

A sturdy new metal fence has been built along our eastern boundary …

A sturdy new metal fence has been built along our eastern boundary, next to Harry Jackson’s old pig farm. Many thanks to Councillor Sue Bentley and to Tom Peacock of Parks and Countryside for their help at all stages of this project. We also received a Well-Being Fund grant, awarded by local Ward Members through the Inner North West Area Committee.

There is a gate next to the stables to allow us to collect horse manure. The key is the one you already have for the other gates.

Threat to allotments averted

The threat to allotments from the Government’s review of the 1908 Allotments Act has been averted, thanks to the huge response from the public and the media …

The threat to allotments from the Government’s review of the 1908 Allotments Act has been averted, thanks to the huge response from the public and the media.  The Prime Minister was asked about this in parliament, and said

” … It is extremely important that allotments are made available. Many Members will find that when they ask about that in their constituencies there are massive queues for allotments, as many people want to grow their own vegetables and food and understand more about where food comes from. It is a great movement, and it has my full support.”

You can read more at the Independent on Sunday and at the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners site.

Many thanks to everyone who filled in the survey form or wrote to their MP.  Your actions really made a difference.

Urgent! Allotments under threat.

The Threat:
The Government has announced a “Review of statutory duties”, aimed at identifying and removing duties from local authorities which are a “burden”. One of the duties they are considering removing is the duty to provide sufficient number of allotments for people in the area who want one. This means ALL allotments, including existing ones, not just new ones. The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners has some information about this.

What You Can Do:

  1. Write to your MP and point out that allotments are not a burden.  We have compiled some useful background information for you to use.
  2. Look at the Government’s web page on “Review of statutory duties placed on local government“.  Then fill in the “Statutory duties webform” which is in the top right-hand corner.  Time is short. We have only until 25 April.  The webform is a bit confusing, so here are some model answers which you can use.  Better still, write your own. But do fill in the form!

Boundary Fence Update

We have been awarded a Well-Being grant of £219 to make up the last bit of the cost of a new fence along our eastern boundary, where Harry Jackson’s pig farm used to be. The Well-Being Fund grant is awarded by local Ward Members through the Inner North West Area Committee, part of Leeds City Council.

We have been awarded a Well-Being grant of £219 to make up the last bit of the cost of a new fence along our eastern boundary, where Harry Jackson’s pig farm used to be. The Well-Being Fund grant is awarded by local Ward Members through the Inner North West Area Committee, part of Leeds City Council. The rest of the £5177 for the project will come from a Weetwood Ward based initiative (many thanks to Councillor Sue Bentley) and from the Parks and Countryside allotments budget (many thanks to Tom Peacock, the Allotments Officer). We expect the work to be completed by April 2011. It will be a metal round-bar fence, like the one at the western side of the site, by the main gate. We hope will make a real difference to the spate of thefts and vandalism we have suffered lately, and will help us all to feel more secure when we are on our plots.

AGM 2010

The 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Hollin Lane Allotment Association was held at Meanwood Institute on Tuesday, 2nd November. In spite of the terrible weather that night we had a reasonable turnout, and had some interesting and useful discussions.

The 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Hollin Lane Allotment Association was held at Meanwood Institute on Tuesday, 2nd November. In spite of the terrible weather that night we had a reasonable turnout, and had some interesting and useful discussions. As always, the Officers and Committee come up for election. Most were just re-elected, but we are happy to welcome Peter Byass and Angie Willshaw as members of the new Committee. Important: Donald Hood announced his intention to give up the job of Treasurer at the next AGM. We need to find a someone who knows book keeping and who can start this year to learn the job from Donald, who has done it so well for so long. Winners of the competition for the best plot were announced. This year, first prize went to Ros Dunlevy on plot 37, second to Joe Foster on plot 30, and third to Peter Blakey on plot 13. The award for best newcomer’s plot went to Peter Byass on plot 20BR. A general discussion followed. Topics (and conclusions):

  • Composting toilet. (People liked the idea, but more research is needed.)
  • Fence along our eastern boundary. (Funding was still a problem.)
  • Reviving the newsletter or setting up a web site. (Here it is!)
  • Joining the Leeds allotment competition. (Needs a volunteer to steer it.)
  • A new communal hut. (For the future.)
  • A barbecue at the annual show in September. (Great idea, needs volunteers.)
  • Bindweed. (We should be tougher with plots that let it get out of control.)