Welcome to the Barriedale Blog

This is the home of the Barriedale Allotment Society's magnificant web presence. We hope to get some more people adding content soon but contact details, rules etc have been posted. In the meantime have a look at some pics taken over the last couple of years.
If you have an article or pic for the site mail it to nick.beagin.images@blogger.com

Email Contacts

Olivier Busin - Lettings Secretary
Nick Beagin - Committee Secretary

Monday, 1 December 2008

Autumn down the plot

It's cold and wet and generally fairly unpleasant down Barriedale at the moment but there is still a bit of colour around. If you have a look around (keeping to the paths obviously!) you will see that there are some flowers out atracting the last of the bees and some autumnal veg holding on in there. It's not all doom and gloom and if we get some winter sun there are still things to get on with down there and some company to enjoy so don't let the short days get you down!

Here are some more pic - hope you like them.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Waiting List - September 2008

  1. Elisabetta Fumagalli
  2. Anna Napier
  3. Ginny Humphreys
  4. Liz Carter
  5. Mark Wells
  6. John Stevens
  7. Mark Wareham
  8. Ruth Hayward
  9. Ian Ray
  10. Arthur Green
  11. Richard Choat
  12. Guillaume Leveziel
  13. Leila Sweden
  14. Yasmin Patel
  15. Jennifer Mangan
  16. Alexandra Howard
  17. Richard Clare
  18. Nicholas Okhuysen
  19. Terry McGregor
  20. Margaret Nicholls
  21. Justina O’Callaghan
  22. Caroline Wilkinson
  23. Frank Lovell
  24. Jo Ryan

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

A Bountiful Summer!

As we near the end of Summer (What Summer!) we can reflect on a pretty good year even given the dire weather we have had. All the rain was good for something - potatoes. It's been a good year for spuds. Andy (plot 61) produced a monster crop with some monster individuals. In the pic Andy is holding his top spud wieghing in at 1.1kg - can anyone better that?

I've had a good year for tomatoes - I picked over 3kg last night - anyone for tomato sauce?

Of course there have been failures. Sweetcorn seems pretty dire this year and mine failed to ripen - I suppose there is still time but not with the dull dark conditions. Squashes seem to have set fruit but they dont taste as good as they should and the number of slugs seems to ever increasing. Still there is always next year!

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Waiting List for Plots

This is the waiting list as of July 2008 - please note that the list is closed.

  1. Mary Stacey
  2. Bill Dunphy
  3. Gareth Dodd
  4. David Pitman
  5. Elisabetta Fumagalli
  6. Anna Napier
  7. Ginny Humphreys
  8. Liz Carter
  9. Mark Wells
  10. John Stevens
  11. Mark Wareham
  12. Ruth Hayward
  13. Ian Ray
  14. Arthur Green
  15. Richard Choat
  16. Guillaume Leveziel
  17. Leila Sweden
  18. Yasmin Patel
  19. Jennifer Mangan
  20. Alexandra Howard
  21. Richard Clare
  22. Nicholas Okhuysen
  23. Terry McGregor
  24. Margaret Nicholls
  25. Justina O’Callaghan
  26. Caroline Wilkinson
  27. Frank Lovell
  28. Jo Ryan

Monday, 21 July 2008

Association Rules

Barriedale Allotment Association (Formed 1980)
Association Rules (updated at 2008 A.G.M.)

1. The name of the Association shall be the Barriedale Allotment Association.

2. An initial membership fee of £2, or other such sum as agreed by the Association, shall be charged.

3. Allotment rent will be agreed at the A.G.M. and charged per rod or fraction thereof (0.1 of a rod or less will not be charged for). Rent unpaid from 30 days after this time will be deemed resignation and membership of the Association will be terminated forthwith. Any plot let after October 1st will be rent-free until the A.G.M.

4. Plots must be kept clean and in a good state of cultivation and fertility and must not be sub-let. Each lot must bear its distinctive number.

5. Paths surrounding plots are the responsibility of the adjoining allotment holders and must be kept in a satisfactory condition. Main paths must be three foot wide and dividing paths between plots two foot wide.

6. No member may trespass on another member’s allotment.

7. Sheds may not be erected without the permission of the Committee and must not be situated within three feet of a perimeter fence. Metal stakes within one metre of the path, or within two metres of the path where there is a drop of one foot or more, must bear sturdy protection.

8. Each member must hold his or her key, which is not transferable without the consent of the Committee. A deposit of £5 per key is made which will be refunded when a key is returned on termination of membership.

9. The site is the responsibility of the Association and only members have the right of access. Each member is required to work at least one hour per year on general site work on a Site Day.

10. All children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.

11. Pets must be kept under control.

12. Bonfires may be lit during daylight hours up to one hour before sunset. They may not be left unattended. Wind direction is of the utmost importance and fires must not cause disturbance to the residents of Barriedale. No rubbish whatsoever, domestic or else, can be brought onto the allotment site from outside. Burning toxic material, plastic or synthetic material is forbidden. No rubbish may be left on site.

13. Any member who wishes to make an official complaint or appeal within the business of the Association shall do so in writing to the Association Secretary, who is required to bring the matter before the Committee.

14. Vacant plots are to be let to the next person on the waiting list.

15. All members shall observe and perform all the conditions as laid down in the Association’s agreement with Network Rail.

16. Complaints and Evictions.

Any complaint regarding a members conduct (such as a trespass or smoke incident) should be made to the Secretary in writing, who will bring the matter to the attention of the Committee which may authorise the issue of a written warning to the member concerned. If a written report is received that the behaviour is repeated a second written warning may be issued by the Secretary without reference to the Committee. Any further written report to the Secretary of a repetition of the breach of the rules will be reported to the Committee who may expel the member and evict them from their plot.

If the Letting Secretary considers a plot to be in breach of the rules, he will issue a first written warning. The plotholder will then have 4 weeks from the date of the letter to remedy the situation. If the Letting Secretary considers that at the end of the 4 weeks the plot is still deficient, he will issue a second written warning.
If the Letting Secretary considers that at the end of the second 4-week period the plot is still deficient, then 3 committee members consisting of the Letting Secretary and 2 randomly selected members will inspect the plot and report back to the committee. The plotholder will be informed that this is happening but at this point, it will be too late for the plotholder to remedy the situation any further. The committee will convene urgently for a special hearing. The quorum will be 5 committee members. Thus, there will by definition be an officer of the committee present. The majority vote of that committee will be the final decision.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Contibutions are welcome!

Please feel free to send us anything that you think may be of interest to fellow plot holders. This is a communal site so if there is anything that you would like to see on these pages then send them to me at here
You can send in pics, recipes, ideas for articles, useful links or anything else you would like to see here. It would be great if we could get a history of Barriedale together so if you have been around for a while please contact me.
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Site Day and Barriedale in the snow.

The first site day of the year will be May the 10th. Everyone is expected to give an hour of their time and there are various jobs that will need doing. We have plenty of scaffold boards and poles to do some shoring up but we can work in shifts as it's hard going. There are plenty of other tasks for those not able to wield the sledge hammers! We aim to get started at 10am and hopefully we will finish around mid afternoon. There will be a few refreshments available on the day!
We will have another site day towards the end of Autumn so those that can't attend on May 10th can come along to that one.

Hands up who was down the plot in the snow a couple of weekends back. I got down there at 11 ish and there were plenty of footprints in the snow. The plots looked great with winter onions and broad beans poking through the snow. Mike and Oliver sent some pics in and I have put them up with some of mine in the slide show below.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Colour in February

It's February and we've had the first nice weekend of the year. There were lots of people out digging and chatting, a few new faces amongst them, and there was a surprising amount of colour here and there. The plum on the front fence is in blossom, robins are following us around eating all the worms and I saw the first bumble bee of the year. Here are some pics from the weekend

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Flamingo Spotted on the site!

Posted in by Mike F.
"I believe that the secret of success in gardening is to keep your flamingo happy."

Monday, 28 January 2008


This is a pic taken last year of a nice Hollyhock somewhere on the plot. This was mailed in and approved by me - anyone can mail in pics!

Site Day Pics

These are some pics taken on the last site day