National Allotment Society AGM, Shield Photo competition and National Allotments Week.
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The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd 

Will be held on Saturday 4th June 2016 the Royal York Hotel & Events Centre, Station Road, York, YO24 1AA. Delegates who would like to stay at the hotel will need to contact the hotel directly on 01904 653 681 and mention that they are attending the NAS AGM. The room rates that we have negotiated are:-
Friday:                  £139.00 B&B for single occupancy / £149.00 B&B double occupancy
Saturday:             £159.00 B&B for single occupancy / £169.00 B&B double occupancy
 
York is a delightful city to visit with lots of attractions, to find out more take a look at the Tourist Information website. www.visityork.org
We are now looking for Mentors in Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

If you feel that you have the skills to help regenerate and develop allotment sites and support allotments management by both councils and voluntary groups we would love to hear from you. For more information please email diane@nsalg.org.uk

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank, for all their hard work,the volunteer mentors who have left us over the last 3 years.

Phil Gomersall – Yorkshire and Humber Mentor,
Elizabeth Allnutt – Cumbrian Mentor,
David Kenyon – East Midlands Mentor,
Martin Moore – South West Mentor.
Compost Awareness Week 1 - 7 May 2016

Check out the Carry on Composting website for details of poster and photographic competitions for CAW 2016.
Members Retail Discount Page
We have 8 offers on our members discount page; the more the offers are used the better they will get! Click on the links for details.
Norfolk Greenhouses   5%
QVS Shop     10%
Forest holidays       5%
Medicash     £10 voucher
Maxicrop
Good Life Gateway
Solufeed
Butler and Hill map gifts

The Edible Garden Show


Join us in the Potting Shed! where we will be holding our Allotment Advice Clinic and Mike Thurlow will be giving regular talks along with  from ITV’s Love Your Garden presenters Katie Rushworth (Friday) and Frances Tophill (Sunday), as well as Sally Morgan who’ll be showing visitors you don't need a huge parcel of land to live more self-sufficiently. Meanwhile Mandy Barber from Incredible Vegetables will be inspiring visitors to grow unusual, ancient perennial varieties of vegetables and herbs while tech-savvy blogger Sean Cameron will be discussing how to make a living from writing.

Click here to view the Show guide
Come and say Hello at a Show
Society representatives will be at the following shows in April and early May, why not come and say hello and tell us about your plots, sites and associations.

Newbury Garden Show - 09 April 2016 - 10 April 2016

Harrogate Spring Flower Show - 21 April 2016 - 24 April 2016

RHS Malvern Spring Festival - 05 May 2016 - 08 May 2016


Remember! Fee Payment by Internet Banking

If you pay your fees by internet banking it is vitally important that you use your Individual/Assoc/LA/membership number as a reference. We have received several payments that we cannot link to a membership by the name alone.
Contact details

Please do remember to let us know if the contact details for your association change for any reason, you can download and email the change of contact details form on the site secretary’s page of the website to natsoc@nsalg.org.uk  and please don’t forget the email addresses.

Changes to the NAS Rules

The date has now passed for amendments to the draft rules to be considered. 
New Policies on-line

The Society now has a set of policies that explain our stance on various issues, from rent levels to devolved management. These were written by Ph D student Deborah Burn from Newcastle University under the guidance of NAS Policy Adviser Richard Wiltshire. The Policies are in the Resources and Downloads section of the website.
Great British Bee Count 19 May - 30 June 2016

Allotments are vital places for all kinds of bees and bees are vital for all of us, by taking part in the Bee Count you can help Friends of the Earth build a map, where they can compare the number of bees with things like habitat loss and land use. Sign up and find more details by clicking here

Articles for ALG 3 2016

Please do keep sending in articles for the magazine, we love to read them and are sure other members do too; the deadline for ALG 1 2016 is 3 June 2016.

How do you store your produce? We would love to hear about your storage methods for keeping crops fresh. If sending in images please remember to send in a signed photo release form, downloadable from the magazine page on the members area of the website and the individuals downloads page. 

National Allotments Week 2016 - 8 to 14 August

The theme for 2016 will be "Growing Together" and we will be looking for case studies that show the inclusivity of allotment gardening, email diane@nsalg.org.uk with your stories of school projects, therapeutic gardening, wildlife projects and events that include the wider community.This year we will once again be encouraging sites to open their gates and invite the local community to share in the benefits of growing your own on an allotment site.

Contact natsoc@nsalg.org.uk for your NAW poster and events guide, available from 27 May 2016.
International Allotment Movement

The NSALG is a member of the International Office of Allotment and Leisure Gardens (Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux), a European wide not-for-profit organisation which works to promote the benefits of allotments and leisure gardening. The office has over 3.5 million members affiliated to it, from fifteen countries.

Our President Karen Kenny is our representative at International meetings and she is also looking for stories around the inclusivity of allotment gardening in order to make a Power Point presentation of projects around the UK for the International Congress in Vienna in August 2016. Click here to take a look at what is happening across Europe. Email your stories to Karen Kenny
Shield Insurance youtube videos

Shield Total insurance have put together a series of nine videos, which explain in detail issues such as negligence, trusted persons, member cover and types of liability. To view the complete series of allotment insurance videos from Shield click here 
Shield Insurance Photo Competition 2016
We are running this competition again this year with some exciting new categories and a members choice for the overall winner - look out for details in your ALG 2 magazine. Below are two more of the 2015 entries.
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