Kings Seeds - member catalogues
The new NAS/Kings catalogue will be available from the end of July, individual members will receive one with their magazine but Societies will need to contact the Corby office to request their copies. firstname.lastname@example.org 01536 266576.
Kings Plug Plants
For those of you with gaps in their plots (thank you Mr Slug), Kings now do a handy range of plug plants and you still have time to order for a July delivery. Click on the title link to go to the order page.
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 email@example.com and please don’t forget the email addresses.
The International magazine
The National Allotment Society 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. They also produce their own magazine, the Hyphen that can be accessed here
We are always looking for interesting UK allotment projects that we can submit to the Hyphen, if your site has a wildlife garden , therapeutic gardening project, children's activities etc email NAS President Karen Kenny with details and she will make sure that they are featured alongside other European initiatives.
OLIO is a free food sharing app for your phone, which connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses to exchange their edible surplus food. Think food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare vegetables from the allotment, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. To make food available, simply open the app, add a photo, description, price (if applicable), and when and where the item is available for pick-up. To access food, simply browse available items near you, request whatever takes your fancy and arrange a pick-up via private messaging. Click on the title link to find out more and download the app.
B & Q Community Re-use Scheme
The scheme is in place to donate unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions, allotment associations and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. These items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used.
Greater London National Park City project
As part of a promotional exercise for this initiative the Black Environment Network are commissioning some short films of 90 seconds on wildlife gardening in London.They are looking for examples of ordinary people doing something for wildlife through wildlife gardening - they are not looking for perfect gardens but odd patches of delight, backyards or allotment plots for example. Simple things that people can identify with would be great - we would like people to see it and say “I can do that!!”
For example, if you threw a pack of wildflower seeds in your patch and it rewarded you with lots of flowers and bees or butterflies?? Or if you put in some plant or tree you know is good for birds? Or lots of window boxes for insects or pot plants on a balcony, so it brings you closer to nature too.
If you feel you and your garden could offer a suitable venue, please contact Judy at: firstname.lastname@example.org please cc email@example.com in to your reply.
Just one week left to enter this competition to win a universal tool that fits forks, spades and shovels to reduce physical strain. Click on the link above to see the competition.
East Midlands Region Mentor Vacancy
The ADI Mentor network is developing a team of volunteer experts throughout the UK who give help and support to anyone managing or creating allotments; they are all people who have direct experience of supporting the development of allotment sites and associations at a local level.
If you live in the East Midlands Region and think that you could help us please get in touch; email firstname.lastname@example.org for a role description.