If you have a glut of courgettes, tomatoes or fruit try one of these seasonal recipes to preserve your precious produce so you can enjoy it all year round. No home grown produce of your own? No problem you can buy home grown, homemade preserves on the produce stall at the Halloween Pumpkin Trail. This year I haven't had to buy a single new jar -help me keep this going by bringing your clean empty jars to the event.


Northfields allotment Open Day

On Sunday 7th July we opened our gates for our annual summer open day welcoming over a thousand visitors to share our beautiful site with us. We were delighted to have artists from Ealing Art  Beat and singers from Capital Chorus to add an extra special bit of creativity to the atmosphere. We even spotted our local MP, Rupa Huq, joining in for a song or two. Visitors were able to treat themselves to some home grown plants, fresh produce and preserves. Children had fun decorating log discs, planting their own tomato plants and hunting for our most eccletic sheds.

Northfields allotment summer open day 2019

We are busy getting the site ready for our annual summer open day on Sunday 7th July. On open day you are very welcome to potter around the allotment site as it begins to reach its most productive and verdant time of the year. Our popular plant stall has flowering plants, vegetable plants and herbs at very reasonable prices mostly grown by our plotholders. We are starting to harvest the first crops of the growing season; lettuce, rhubarb, broad beans and soft fruits are rolling in and we look forward to the courgettes very soon.

Come rain or shine every first Saturday of the month a group of volunteers helps us carry out essential maintenance jobs on the allotments. February's volunteer day was used to clear a neglected area of hedgerow at the Occupation Road end of the site. We cleared a section which had been taken over by a huge mile-a-minute vine. Digging out the roots and removing a massive bank of accummulated soil uncovered some treasure including old milks bottles from the Jobs Dairy on Leighton Road.

Northfields allotment February volunteer day

In September 2016 we received a letter from Pathways, our landlord, that it intended to build on 10% of the allotments. But, this week, Pathways officially informed us that it will now NOT be building on Northfield allotments. 

There has been a substantial changeover of trustees and a change in chief executive since the development was first announced. The new trustees feel that green space and allotments are important and so building on Northfields would not be the right thing to do. 

As we head towards some cold, wintry weather here are some memories of the glorious summer 2018 on the allotment. Most of us are already plotting and planning for the new growing season ahead of us.

Northfields allotments wildflowers

It's busy on the allotment this week as we prepare for the Halloween Pumpkin Trail on Saturday 27th October. See above for details.

Northfields allotment halloween

Here are the winners of the Northfields 2018 Allotment Awards in pictures.

Northfields allotment best 1st year plot