Elderflower cordial

Elderflower close up

At this time of year woods and hedgerows are brightened by masses of tiny white flowers hanging in sprays which develop into purple elderberries later in the summer.

The fragrant elderflowers have many different culinary uses from drinks to desserts with perhaps the most well known being elderflower cordial.

One of our members, has kindly sent through details of how to make elderflower coridal using flowers harvested from the hedgerows on site and a  recipe on BBC Good Food.  They suggested making a half quantity as the recipe produces 3 litres of cordial.

Ingredients

  • 2½ kg white sugar
  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
  • 85g citric acid (from chemists)
  • 1.5L water
  

Method

Step 1:  Dissolve the sugar in 1.5l water on low heat. Do not boil. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Step 2: Add rest of ingredients and cover. Set aside for 24 hours.
Step 3: Strain through a clean cloth or tea towel and bottle.
Step 4: Will keep in fridge for the whole summer.
A really simple recipe.  For the next batch our member is going to try infusing ginger and/or lemongrass.

New apiary is approved!

bee inspector approves new apiary

The Defra bee inspector, Stuart Westfield, visited the site on 1 May 2020 to inspect the new apiary.  After examining all the bees Stuart declared they are in good health. As a result the apiary is now officially registered with Defra.

Stuart also said he loved the new signs made by children on nearby plots.

Well done to Beekeeper Sharon who has worked hard (with her assistant Will) to set up the new apiary.   Their efforts have paid off and the bees have a good, healthy home.

 

Coronavirus restrictions

The current restrictions brought in by the Government to reduce the spread of coronavirus has had an impact on life at Dorset Road Allotments.

Unfortunately the allotment site is currently closed to non-members.  We will be able to re-open on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon once the restrictions are lifted.  In the meantime visit our instagram page to see images from the site.

We have postponed all meetings and events including our AGM and Open Day. We will hold these as soon as it is possible to arrange them once the restrictions have been lifted.

Members may still use the site as part of their daily exercise but must follow the guidelines set by the government and take the following precautions to protect themselves and others:

• Before opening or closing the gates each time, either use hand sanitiser (should be 60% alcohol content), or wash your hands for 20 seconds, dry with a paper towel.
• DO NOT touch your face after using anything that has been touched by other people without washing your hands first.
• DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart.
• Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres.
• Do not share tools with other plotholders.
• Do not wash your hands in water troughs.

Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times and take all the steps you can to reduce the risk of contagion from the coronavirus.