COVID19 on Allotments

Advice on corona virus from LAF and NAS.

Here is some advice from Leeds Allotments Federation about coping with the corona virus emergency on your plots.

Follow Government Advice at all times, and remain at a distance of at least 2mtrs from other allotment holders. Don’t gather in sheds. Use hand sanitiser or soap & water as you enter and leave site. (We can’t supply this at the moment due to the panic buying). Be mindful of other allotment holders who may need help if they can’t get to site regularly. If you are displaying any of the symptoms associated with Coronavirus stay away from site until you are clear & if you decide to self-isolate for 12 weeks let your committee know via email/text so they know you won’t be around for a while and won’t hassle you over your plot not being cultivated.

Please be respectful if people don’t want to engage in conversation and don’t go onto anyone else’s plot unless they invite you. This is a situation which is changing daily and we need to ensure our own and other people’s safety.

The National Allotment Society also has a page about Covid 19 Emergency Measures with a list of important precautionary measures.

AGM 2020 Cancelled

This year’s AGM has been cancelled because of COVID19.

Our AGM for 2020, which should have taken place on 24th March has been CANCELLED, out of concern for our members’ health in light of the COVID19 emergency.

Learning Day 2020-03-07 Report

Our first learning day of 2020.

Welcome by Derek Hanton, Chair.

Our first learning day of 2020 was held at Pudsey Civic Hall on 7th March. Over 100 people signed up, and made a lively, attentive audience for both the display stands and the interesting talks. Leeds Allotments Federation Chair, Derek Hanton welcomed us all and introduced the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Eileen Taylor, who opened the day with some remarks about the importance of gardening and food growing.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Eileen Taylor opens the day.

After the morning’s talks there was a free fish & chip lunch and a chance to socialize. Then there were talks in the afternoon, followed by a Question and Answer session. The day was brought to a close by Cllr Stuart Golton, Vice President of LAF.

A BIG “thank you” is due to everyone who contributed to the organization of the day, to all of the speakers and the organizations mounting displays, and especially to Leeds City Council Parks & Open Spaces for their generous help in paying the the excellent venue and for providing one of the speakers.

Display Stands

There was a wide range of interesting displays from different groups around Leeds, such as Leeds Allotments Federation, National Allotments Society, NAS Yorkshire, Leeds Beekeepers Association, Leeds City Council Pest Control Service, Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Leeds City Council Parks & Countryside.

Leeds Allotments Federation, National Allotment Society, NAS Yorkshire
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
NAS Yorkshire, Leeds Beekeepers Association, Leeds City Council Pest Control Service, Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Leeds City Council Parks & Countryside.


Bee Diversity on Allotments, by Emilie Ellis of Sheffield University

Emilie Ellis

Download the Slides from Emilie’s talk.

Feed Leeds, by Tom Bliss and Sonia Woodcock

Tom Bliss

Download the slides from Tom’s talk.

Choosing and Caring for Tools, by Joe Foster of Hollin Lane Allotments

Joe Foster

Download the slides from Joe’s talk.

GDPR and Safeguarding, by Joanne Clough of Leeds City Council

Download slides from Joanne’s talk.

Composting, by Mick Poultney, Fellow of the National Vegetable Society

Mick Poultney FNVS

You can watch him talking about compost on youtube.

Pruning Fruit Trees and Bushes, by Joe Lofthouse of RHS Harlow Carr

Joe Lofthouse

Download the slides from Joe Lofthouse’s talk.

Raised Beds & No Dig, by Mick Poultney

You can watch him talking about his raised beds on youtube.

Learning Day 2019-10-19 Report

Our second learning day for 2019

Our second learning day for 2019 took place on Saturday 19 October at Burley St Mattias’ Church Centre, St Matthias’ Street , LS4 2DZ


Looking After Your Back: A talk by Marie and Bernadette from Leeds Sports Injury and Physiotherapy Clinic Ltd with demonstrations of core-muscle strengthening exercises, and warm-ups to do before starting heavy work.

After the Harvest: A talk about herbal infusions, balms and vinegars with lots of samples to sniff by Donna Cutting from Fork to Fork.

LAF Group Allotment Insurance Scheme: Ken Mulley-Smith told us about about LAF’s group allotment insurance scheme, and why it is very important for allotment associations to be adequately insured. (slides)

Bee Keeping: Alison from the Leeds Beekeepers Association told us about the life cycle of honey bees and why they are so important to allotments. She demonstrated some modern beekeeping equipment.

Fresh Veg 12 Months of the Year: A talk by Joe Foster from Hollin Lane Allotments about harvesting fresh vegetables all round, including the June “hungry gap”. (slides)

Allotments Question Time: Questions from the floor, and answers from our resident “experts”.

Plus Refreshments and Displays

Harrogate Show – Update

Plans for our garden exhibit at the Harrogate Show.

Here is the description of our planned entry which was submitted with our application for the Harrogate Show.

Keen to grow and eat your own produce but only a limited growing space available?

Our border is a combination of healthy and tasty seasonal produce blended alongside pollinator friendly flowers and herbs which can easily be incorporated into your back garden.

We are demonstrating how a small garden space can be a decorative, sustainable and environmentally friendly hideaway but still provide us with a range of late summer fruit and vegetables as part of our year-round harvest.

The border is a blend of vegetables, herbs, annual and perennial flowers; creating a beautiful space where you can grow and eat your own healthy, tasty crops in an environmentally friendly way. We are using companion planting and edible flowers as part of this garden.

A small peaceful space in which to perch among the plants and rest, reflect or meditate – and harvest.

Volunteers for Harrogate Show

Volunteers needed for this years’ Harrogate Flower Show

Leeds Allotments Federation is mounting a display at this years Harrogate Flower Show in the “Curated Spaces” class. It will be a mix of veg and flowers together. We need more volunteers to raise some plants in pots or troughs. We could also use few people to help set up the display earlier in the week, from  Monday the 9th September through Wednesday the 11th. If you can help, please get in touch with Rosie Hall ( 

People who have done this before always say it is great fun, and we usually come away with some top awards.