AGM 2011

Our Annual General Meeting was on Thursday, 3 November 2011 at the Meanwood Institute, Green Road at 7:30 pm.

Last year’s officers were all re-elected, except that Donald Hood stood down as Treasurer.  He is still on the Committee, and our new Treasurer is David Jones of plot 11TL.  Many thanks to Donald for all those years of excellent service as Treasurer, and to David for taking the job over.

The prize for best allotment this year went to Malcolm Slade on plot 8B and 8TR.  Second prize went to Joe Foster on plot 30, and third to Ros Dunlevey on plot 37.  The prize for overall winner at the autumn show went to Gillian North on plot 46.  The ‘best newcomers’ prize was shared between Andrew Tocher, plot 7BR and Kate Rosenberg, plot 11TR.  Congratulations to all of the winners, and to everyone whose hard work is helping to transform our site into something to be proud of.

The Chairman gave a short talk on Making Compost.  There seem to be quite a few plots where no compost is being made, and they are missing out on an easy and sustainable way of getting rid of most garden waste and improving their soil.

Rosie Livingstone introduced her report on peat free compost.  Peat mining is very damaging to the environment, and supplies are limited.  We need to find a way of gardening without it.  The trouble is, most peat-free ‘all purpose compost’ is of variable quality.  We agreed that the Association would purchase stocks of several of the best peat-free composts for members to buy and try out.

Many thanks to John Oughton for rounding up lots of valuable prizes for the prizegiving and raffle.  Please support the following shops and businesses who have generously donated:

The meeting ended with a raffle and mulled wine.  Many thanks to everyone who came out and supported our Association.