Acomb’s Hidden Gem

Green Lane Growers have prepared this wonderful video about the Green Lane Allotments as their entry for the NSALG Allotments Week competition.  Check it out!

If you are interested in getting an allotment of your own and joining an allotment community you can add your name to the waiting list for up to three sites on our application page.

York Allotments April Nature Notes – by Sara Robin

It is fantastic that we can visit our allotments and keep growing while the lock down continues. I am based on Scarcroft allotments and here are some nature notes of what I and other people have been seeing on the site. No doubt similar wildlife will be turning up on allotments all over York. It would be great if people’s sightings could be recorded on this Butterfly Conservation website.  Even the smallest bug or worm will have a part to play and an interesting life cycle. Now we have a bit more time to stand and stare, check out what lives in your compost bin, amongst the leaf litter or what birds are visiting your plot. I’ll start off with some butterfly updates.

Butterflies on Scarcroft have come out of hibernation, so spring is definitely coming.  As the next few days will be chilly so we may not see them but keep a look out when it warms up again. In my garden and on the allotment last week, I have seen lots of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies and a couple of Brimstones. More information can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies

Small Tortoiseshell
Peacock

Both the Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies lay their eggs on nettles so if you have some in a sunny position don’t dig them up, just keep an eye open for eggs and caterpillars. The Brimstone’s food plant is Alder Buckthorn which I have on my allotment and I did once have their green caterpillars on it so fingers crossed for this year.

Brimstone
Orange Tip

Another fairly early butterfly I haven’t seen yet is the Orange Tip, the name is a bit of a clue and the males have lovely orange ends to their wings. One of their food plants is Jack by the Hedge or Garlic Mustard which is found along our paths and on some allotments.

Garlic Mustard

 

COVID-19

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Updated 1.4.2020

The following advice incorporates new guidelines set out by the National Allotment Society on 31st March 2020

The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else

It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency,

PLEASE REMEMBER

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and after closing any gate locks
  • Wash hands when you get home
  • DO NOT gather together in groups for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart.
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
  • If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
  • Do not share tools
  • Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • We recommend that all communal facilities are closed
  • If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.

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York’s Allotment Heritage

We are delighted to be able to share this document, produced by Prof Ross Wilson, currently of Nottingham University, on the subject of the history of the allotments in York.  There is a wealth of information here about many of our sites, as well as other non-YACIO sites, many of which are still in existence.

Thank you to Prof Wilson for allowing us to share this with you all:

York’s Allotment Heritage – Ross Wilson

Hempland Lane Allotment Summer Fair

Sunday 14th July 2019

10.00am – 3.00pm

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Join our annual Summer Fete, as part of our Centenary Celebrations in our newly created Community area, ‘Hempland Haven’, car park area allotment shop.

Free event for all association members and the local community.  Bringing our community together, sharing successes and failures of the season so far and friendship and laughter over a BBQ and a few drinks!

BBQ (bring your own items to sizzle, but don’t worry if you forget as some can be purchased on the day). Salads, bread rolls, sauces will be provided.

All proceeds raised on the day, are put back into the maintenance of the allotment site, for the benefit of all who work on the site and walk through it.

Please note that there will be no on-site car parking available, during the event

Please see below for more details of classes and events:

Summer fair 2019

Low Moor Community Kids’ Allotment Vacancies

Low Moor Allotments Community Kid’s Allotment is located at the bottom of Kilburn Road, just by the allotment car park.  The Kid’s Allotment has been running for 15 years and has received many awards.  It is organised by volunteers and the sessions are staffed by these volunteers and parents on a rota.

There are currently 12 members, aged between 6 and 12 years and sessions run weekly on a Saturday morning from 10am til 12noon between March and the end of October.  Members pay £1 per session.

During  the session the children are helped to garden the allotment: growing fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Whilst work has to be done, they make it fun! Produce is shared out after harvesting and brought home.

This year there are a number of vacancies for new members.  For more information or to register your child’s interest please contact Angela Johnson:  angela3147@hotmail.com