Something wicked this way comes at Halloween to London's oldest allotments

If you'd like to encounter witches and warlocks, spectres and skeletons, then put on your spookiest costume and head for Northfields Allotments in West Ealing on Saturday October 27. There, from 3pm to 7pm, you can join our Halloween Pumpkin Trail, all eerily lit by Jack-O'Lanterns.

Ealing Dean Allotments have 141 plots and, although we all look after our own plots, the Committee is responsible for the overall maintenance of the site, including the paths, fence and hedge surrounding the site.

To keep on top of this work, we have Volunteer mornings on the first Saturday of each month (except January!) where plot holders, people on the waiting list and interested locals come together to sort out whatever it is that needs doing.

Ealing Dean Volunteer Day

Northfield Allotments, in Northfield Avenue, Ealing, is opening its gates for its first Autumn Open Day on Saturday 29th October from 3.30 to 7.30. We’ll be celebrating Halloween with a pumpkin trail around the allotments.

There will be our usual delicious home made cakes, but, to warm you up, there will also be a BBQ, hot soup and mulled wine. We’ll be running a raffle and tombola - with apple bobbing and toffee apples for the sweet toothed.

EDAS Halloween event

On Sunday 25 September, the Ealing Dean Allotments Society (EDAS) called a Special General Meeting (SGM) for all plotholders at Northfields Allotments to discuss the proposed development by Pathways on the allotment site. The plan to construct a mix of social and private housing, including a five or six storey building is expected to result in the loss of 10% of the allotment site.

Ealing Dean Allotment Society SGM Save Northfields Allotments - Unanimous vote by members to oppose Pathways' development proposals for Dean Court Ealing including building on Northfields allotment site

London Live visited the allotment site to discuss with us our opposition to the proposed development. Their bulletin can be viewed here:

I created a couple of history signs in time for the open day. Actually there are a few of them dotted around the allotments but the two i will highlight today were the most recent ones i have created. The information was found in the London Metropolitan Archives by Paul McConnell when he was researching our history and come from the minutes of old allotment committee meetings that took place in the nineteenth century.

Last week all plotholders at Northfields Allotments on Northfield Avenue in Ealing were informed by their landlord, Pathways, that it intends to build on 10% of the allotment site. Pathways plans to construct a mix of social and private housing, including a five or six storey building, and has opened consultations on the plans.

We have created two history videos for the allotments and surrounding area.

The first video is the "History of Northfield Allotments" or to give the allotments their earlier name Ealing Dean Common Allotments

None of us have an allotment to win awards - we just enjoy gardening and being outdoors on our plots growing the things we love.

However, the committee do feel it is good to commend those who tend their plots almost everyday.  Their time and effort shows in every cabbage, every strawberry and every flower…and that should be celebrated.  So this year, we asked one of the Haslemere committee to judge which plots should be celebrated as winners - the results are below:

EDAS open day - Award Winners

We know watching adults growing vegetables can sometimes be a bit boring. So, we thought a sunflower competition would make your time on the allotments more interesting.

We have chosen sunflowers because they can grow very, very tall.  They are also the perfect flowers for wildlife.  In the summer you can watch our allotment bees fly all the way from plot 230B to collect the nectar from your flowers to make honey.  In the autumn you’ll be able to see the birds feeding on the seeds.

Its easy to enter the competition:

Sunflow competition

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