Allotment Liaison Group Meeting

Happy New Year!

The next liaison group meeting is to be held on the 1st of February.

Please content your local site representative OR send me an email through this website if you have any concerns that you want raising to the Council. Please would primarily be regarding: –

  • Any issues you have with your allotment or site
  • Suggestions or comments regarding our yearly competitions
  • Suggestion or comments regarding our yearly winter lecture
  • Beekeeping on your site
  • Any other business relating to Farnham allotments
ALSO we need some new photos of the allotment sites to make our website look pretty. If there are any keen photographers and plot owners out there please can you take some seasonal winter shots and email me them directly at d_wheeler AT hotmail.com. Please send any shots through with relevant notes. I would be keen to know how everyone’s getting on with this crazy and unseasonably warm weather.

Kind regards,

David (webmaster)

Bees at Farnborough Road – Your help is needed

Hello everyone

By now I hope you’ll all have received the regular Allotment Newsletter and you may have noticed that Kevin has included a sheet regarding bees on allotments.  Not sure whether this just went to Farnborough Road plot holders or went to all.

The purpose of Kevin’s sheet is to gauge opinion regarding the siting of a small number of bee hives at the Farnborough Road site.

The Shepherd & Flock site is already sharing the benefits of colony of local bees and we feel that it would be great if we could get something similar for Farnborough Road.

The “we” are 4 families who, I guess, are a loose co-operative who have worked plots 7 and 8 since the site was opened (re-opened?).  We also share plot number 31 which is at the far bottom corner of the site, nearest the roundabout.  We have had this plot for about a season and currently have about 2/3 of it given over to vegetables.  But the very shady area towards the bottom fence would be ideal for a couple of bee hives, subject to the conditions that Kevin has outlined.

We feel that, as well as an interesting hobby with possible end product, the bees will be beneficial to all allotment holders.

There is a lot of bee related information available on the web and libraries  and the National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners (www.NSALG.or.uk) provides some sound views and advice on the subject of bees and allotments (http://www.nsalg.org.uk/uploads/article459/BBKA%20Allotment_Beekeeping.pdf and http://www.nsalg.org.uk/uploads/article459/Guide%20to%20keeping%20bees%20on%20allotments.pdf).

We recognise that beekeeping comes with a certain amount of responsibility so our two nominated beekeepers will be attending a local beekeeping course and tapping into the expertise at the Farnham beekeepers over at the Rural Life centre (http://www.farnhambeekeepers.org.uk/).

Our aim would be to set one or two hives up in early Spring 2012 but clearly we need the backing of other plot holders before getting the green light from Kevin and making the financial commitment. 

That’s where you come in!  We would very much like your support by positively completing Kevin’s questionnaire and returning it to him at Kevin Taitt, Town Council Office, South Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7RN, or scan and email to him directly at kevin.taitt@farnham.gov.uk.  If you don’t have a questionairre and would like one then please contact me and I’ll be glad to email you one.

Here’s to Farnborough Road honey at the 2013 Farnham allotment show!

Thanks, Shona and Ken

Meet the Shepherd and Flock beekeeper

** This event has been rescheduled due to rain last Saturday – see new date below **

I have arranged for the Shepherd and Flock allotment holders to meet our resident beekeeper Debbie Greenhill on Sunday 24th July at 1pm.

Debbie will open up the hive and talk to us about bees and how we can help them thrive on the site. Debbie will bring along an additional bee “suit” enabling people to get close and look into the hive.

I’m sure you will all agree that the hive has been a welcome addition to the site over the last few months! The bees seem very happy on the site.

If any plot holders from other sites would like to attend you would be most welcome.

Bee keeping on Shepherd and Flock Allotments

Hi everyone

The Town Council is now considering bee keeping on some allotment sites. We have an allotment holder who is both experienced and willing to care for the bees and as such the site has been suggested as a possible home for bees.

It will be up to the plot holders to decide whether or not we proceed with a significant majority of yes votes required to proceed. Can all allotment holders at the S & F site please either contact me here and let me know their thoughts (and any questions) on the matter OR come talk to me on site.

Cheers, David (plot 3)

Beekeeping On Farnham Allotments

Bee Hive
Bee Hive

We have now had a few people ask whether or not we are permitted to keep bees on our allotments. I have asked the question of Farnham Town Council.

The Town Council’s current policy is to not permit the keeping of bees on allotments, however I have been told that they will be reviewing this. If bee-keeping was allowed the keeper would have to have a plot in the corner of the allotment site and would need a 6ft fence around the hives so the bees came into the hives from a height rather than lower down. Continue reading “Beekeeping On Farnham Allotments”