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.)