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.

Introduction to Allotmenting – Sunday 16 February

Introduction to allotmenting

On Sunday 16th February we are holding a session to help all our new members who want some help with getting started on their allotment.

It will also be of help to those who are looking for advice and help on low maintenance allotmenting or would like to share ideas with fellow plotholders.

Join us in the Tom Douglas Clubhouse at 2pm on Sunday 16th February.

 

Wreaths, reindeers and rent

Today was our festive rent day and wreath making workshop.  Thank you to all our members who came along to pay their rent and sign their new tenancy agreement.

Members enjoyed mulled wine, spiced apple punch, tea and coffee.  There was also a gluten free squidgy chocolate log, a traditional Christmas cake, delicious Cherry and pecan chocolate brownies (recipe below), mince pies and festive nibbles.

Jars of honey mustard, plum jam and plum chutney were sold in decorated bags- a perfect Christmas present.

The children enjoyed making a herd of reindeers decorated with glitter glue and pompom noses.

Later members made beautiful seasonal wreaths and bunches of greenery using willow and foliage from around the site.

A lot of Christmas trees also went to their new homes.  There are still plenty left if you would like to buy one.

Committee members will also be on site next weekend to collect any outstanding rents.

 

Here’s the recipe for Jane’s cherry and pecan chocolate brownies.

It was based on Jamie Oliver’s cherry brownie recipe, but fresh cherries have been swapped for tinned (and more were used) and soft light brown sugar was used instead of caster sugar.

For one large traybake, i doubled the amounts of the original recipe. So, per tray:
250g unsalted butter
270g 70% dark chocolate
220g tinned cherries, drained of syrup (this was one tin)
90g roasted pecans
450g light soft brown sugar
110g cocoa powder
150g plain flour
Half a teaspoon baking powder
6 large eggs, beaten
90g milk chocolate, broken into pieces.

The method:
Toast pecans in oven for 10 mins.
Melt the butter & dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (gently).
Take off the heat & add the chopped cherries and pecans.
In a separate bowl,  mix flour, cocoa powder,  baking powder and sugar.
Add this to the melted chocolate/butter mixture & stir to combine.
Beat the eggs & mix in to the other ingredients.
Add the chopped milk chocolate.
Pour into your tray & bake for 25-30 minutes – 180 degrees for 20 mins then 160 degrees for 10 minutes.
Leave to cool before cutting into squares & dusting with icing sugar.