National Allotments Week, Shield Photo competition and AGM report
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Welcome to the June 2016 issue of the National Allotment Society newsletter, we hope that you enjoy reading these updates but if you are an individual member and no longer interested please unsubscribe by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. 

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National Allotments Week 8-14 August 2016
Are you holding an event? get in touch with details and we will send you a poster and publicity guidelines.
The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd 

The 2016 AGM was held on Saturday 4th June 2016 at the Royal York Hotel & Events Centre in York. The event was well attended and a lively debate was had around the new rules; which were passed with one amendment. The Report and Proceedings will be within the next edition of the members magazine and in the members section of the website.

Shield Insurance Photo Competition

We hope you are all watching out for great photo opportunities to submit for this year’s competition! Remember to check out the terms and conditions on the website before you send in your snaps, we do need permission to print pictures of children.Here’s a reminder of the categories and prizes
  • Growing Together – we are looking for images of allotment life, from communal site maintenance work to the yearly Open Day
  • Wildlife  – has your site got an area put aside to encourage beneficial insects and amphibians? Have you got bee-boxes etc on your plot?
  • Scarecrows – How do you discourage those pesky pigeons?
One overall £250 winner voted for by members, the shortlisted images will appear on the website from 29 August to 9 September.
3 category winners – 1 year NAS individual membership
3 category highly commended – 1 year ALG subscription
Entry deadline 26 August, Images should be at least 2500 by 3500 pixels at 300 dpi and submitted as jpegs. Email entries to Winners will be announced by late September and details published in ALG4 distributed late October/early November.

Don't forget that Shield also offer NAS members caravan, home, car and tent insurance at preferential rates. Click the link for more information from Shield Total Insurance, or call 01277 243 054.

Melanoma Foundation Fundraising Quiz

Enter the quiz and find out how good your knowledge of horticulture is and if you have nerves of steel! Simply answer as many quick-fire questions as you can in 60 seconds, with the highest scores winning some fantastic prizes! All raised donations will be used to raise awareness, support melanoma patients and fund research. You will need to register for The Great 60 Second Gardening Quiz and then log in to the Quiz Dashboard where you can learn how to donate and enter the Quiz (£1 per entry).
Pumpkin Rescue

Did you know that on average we waste 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkins at Halloween, that’s the same as 1,500 double-decker buses going to landfill. the Hubbub foundation are encouraging communities to join the Pumpkin Rescue in 2016. Click on the link for news of festivals and events that will help to save food from landfill or join in with an event of your own.

Members Retail Discount Page We now have 9 offers on our members discount page. Look out for news of our new expanded discount scheme in the next issue of the ALG magazine! Click on the links for details.

Twistpotemail for special NAS price
Forest Holidays 5% discount
Medicash  exclusive offer
Maxicrop 10% discount 5% discount
Butler and Hill map gifts
The Horticulture Shop
QVS Shop  
10% discount
Good Life Gateway  Liquid Organic Plant Food -One FREE 250ml bottle of your choice for each online Order.
Link for Allotment and Leisure Gardener Issue 3 Does your association have a website? Here is the link (cut and paste in to your website) for the latest digital Allotment and Leisure Gardener magazine to supplement your hard copies.
Articles for ALG4 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 4 2016 is 2 September 2016, we are planning a Dahlia feature - do you grow or show them?

We would love to hear from you and see some photos. 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. 
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. 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. 
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  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: please cc in to your reply.

Kikka-digga competition   

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 for a role description.  
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