Big Dig – Saturday 16 April 11am to 3pm

Saturday 16 April is BIG DIG day – and is a chance for people to get involved with local community gardens and green sites. So please do come and help us improve the site around Tamworth Farm allotments.

We’re just behind Tamworth Recreation Ground and opposite Figges Marsh, London Road, Mitcham.

Our allotments have public footpaths running around the site and a pathway linking the recreation ground and Rose Avenue. It’s a site well used by local people and there are also benches for people to sit and enjoy the area.

We want to make sure that people using the Recreation Centre, parents from Lavender Nursery and people walking through the site can enjoy a small urban oasis.

We planted a wild food hedge around the fences last year and our hedging plants need to love and attention this weekend so we’ll be cutting back the grass and pruning them.

We’ve also received a packages of wildflower seeds from Grow Wild and we’ll be planting a number of wildflower beds which will bring some more colour to the grass verges and encourage bees and butterflies to the area.

What are we doing on Saturday?

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Seedy Weekend 12-13 March 11am to 3pm

seed swap

We’re holding our first event of the year this weekend – a seedy weekend seed swap!

Come along with any of your spare seeds and swap them then get growing for a further seed and plant swap day in May!

We’ll be on site from 11am to 3pm both days. If the weather is fine we’ll be on the communal plot in the Horsehoe and, if wet,  we’ll be tucked away in the large shed on the Rose Avenue site.  Everything will be signposted!

There’s a map of how to find us on the Contact Us page.

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AGM – update

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2015 AGM notice

AGMIt’s that time of year again!

AGM Notice

Date: Thursday 10 July 2016
Time: 7:45pm to 9:45pm
Where: St Mark’s Church Mitcham,
St Marks Road, CR4 2LF (Near Morrisons)

 

Everyone is encouraged to come along!

Please note that only those who have paid this year’s TFAS membership will be eligible to cast their vote. If you haven’t already paid, you can do so at the meeting. Membership is £7.00 – please bring exact change and some form of ID.

WHY COME? The AGM provides members with the opportunity to help shape the way we run TFAS and the plans we will make for the upcoming year.

 

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We have achieved self-management

Balloons_clip_art_medium As all members know we’ve been working hard for the last couple of years to go “self-managed”.

This means the committee (and members) take over managing the site from Merton Council.  The Council stills owns the land, and we pay a rental fee for using the site.  We’re also responsible for paying things like the water rates.

We signed all the final agreements and have – from 1 October 2015 – become self-managed.

Why go self-managed? It puts more of the control of the site in our (plot holders) hands, and means we can collect the rents from plot holders and use them to pay all the bills,  make sure the site is well kept and invest money in current and future projects (like the shed and communal plot – Plot 83 on the Horseshoe)

We want to know how you would like to see the site developed so please do come along to the AGM in November and make your voices heard!

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Kings Seed Order – deadline 30 October

Kings Seed Order Just a quick reminder – if you want to order any seeds via TFAS from Kings Seeds we need your order by 30 October.

Catalogues were available at the Summer Party and site reps also have a few.  Some extra catalogues are also available in the Rose Avenue Shed.  If you haven’t placed your order yet and still want to do get in touch via the Contact Us page (put Seed Order in the subject line) or have a word with one of your reps on the site!

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Summer party a great success

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Get ready for the 2015 BBQ and veg comp!

2015 - Summer Party - croppedDo come along to the much anticipated TFAS Summer Party on Sunday 6 September, from 12pm and 4pm. It’s a great opportunity to meet plot holders and get to know others.

It’s a community day, so bring along your family and friends, enjoy the BBQ and spend some time getting to know one another. Kids are more than welcome; activities will be arranged just for them.

So pack a picnic full of food and drink (and lots to share). We will provide the BBQ to cook meat and veggie’s and some of our talented plot holder chef’s will also be cooking up a storm on the day.

Following the success of last year, we’re repeating the Vegetable Competition. We know there were requests for this to be held earlier in the year, and we’re sorry we couldn’t arrange for it to be held earlier – but we’re sure there’ll still be lots of great entries! The poster above and on noticeboards around the site has details of the categories.

If you’re able to help out on the day, or have an idea or activity you would like to suggest, please contact us on info@tfas.org.uk or speak to one of the committee members.

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Seed and plant sale update!

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Our Plant and Seed Sale was a huge success raising nearly £200 for the shed fund and other projects we want to work on.

So thank you so much to all who came along, staffed the stall, donated seeds, seedlings and plants or bought them!

We’ll definitely be repeating it next year!

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Weekend plant and seed sale

Seed SwapYou may have seen the notices on the noticeboards around the site – but if not here’s a reminder!

Over the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May we’ll be hosting a TFAS Plant and Seed Sale at the allotments which will run for a few hours, starting 10.30am.

Please do support the sale and bring any spare seeds or seedlings/plants you want to sell or swap. We’ll happily take donations, as well as plants and seeds to sell.

Any money raised will be used in projects like our Community Shed which is being built on Plot 83 of the Horseshoe site.

Please also mark up your seeds/seedlings/plants with any useful information for your fellow plot holders such as planting spacing, depth, and when to sow and harvest!

Do come along and see if you can find something interesting to grow on your plot.

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