The BLAA Committee has agreed to cancel the forthcoming annual quiz due to be held at Park Street Village Hall this Saturday, due to the Covid-19 situation. While we are sorry to have to do this, we feel it is the responsible thing to do. We will arrange a new date for the quiz in due course and will of course give you plenty of notice of when that will be.

If you have any concerns or queries about this, please contact kim.scrivener@gmail.com, BLAA Committee Chair.

Happy New Year!

And here’s to another year of growing great produce in spite of the elements and the pests!

Here is our Social Calendar for the year, following on from Barbara’s email:

  • Saturday 14 March – QUIZ. As in previous years this will be held in Park Street Village Hall and run by our esteemed Treasurer, Chris Feakes. Join us for our biggest fundraising event, bring your own nibbles and drinks – and get quizzing!
  • Sunday 5 April – Spring Brunch. Time to blow off those cobwebs and celebrate the start of the growing year. At the usual Sunday time of 11am.
  • Sunday 3 May – AGM at 11am, with refreshments and seedling sale/swap.
  • Sunday 2 August – Open Day from 11am-1pm. A chance for you to show off your plot and contribute to the produce sale. All welcome.
  • Sunday 1 November – Autumn Brunch and the last Sunday event of the year.

Look forward to seeing you – as ever, your support will be greatly appreciated.

Autumn news

Hi everyone

A good turnout at the recent Soup and Squash event on site, despite the kerfuffle about weather…  in the event the morning was sunny and people warmed up with Jan’s excellent soup (2 varieties). The winner of the biggest pumpkin was this little beauty, produced by Winston! Shown here with other excellent examples of the squash family.

In other news, we are going to have the last social even of the year tomorrow on site – fill your boots with bacon or sausage butties! And manure, which has now arrived (though you may not want to fill your boots with it obviously).

Barbara recently wrote to you recently about the rat problems some plot holders are experiencing. Unfortunately the Council is unable to help. The Committee recommends that you use non-toxic ways to repel the vermin. The use of rat poison is really not good for the other critters that live in our site. This problem does tend to vary with each year, so hopefully next year will be better!

Sustainable St Albans – Open Allotment this Sunday
For the third year running, we are taking part in the Sustainable St Albans Open Food Gardens event tomorrow, Sunday 4 August, from 11.00am to 1.00pm. Tea, coffee and cake will be available. It is a great opportunity to show off your plot to an admiring new audience!

You can also help us by offering produce for us to sell on a donation basis, proceeds to go to our funds. Please see any member of the Committee who will be on site from around 10am.

Finally, we are delighted to be able to offer honey for sale from one of our plot holders, Klaus, who has recently introduced two bee hives to the site. The honey has been made by bees foraging in our site and in nearby gardens, so you cannot get more local than that!

If you are planning to come to the site tomorrow, it would be great to see you. It should be a lovely event.


A very hearty congratulations to our Burydell plot holders who achieved well-deserved accolades for their hard work this year! The results are:

  • Best Plot – Derrick Davis (Plot 34)
  • Runner Up Best Plot – Cliff Pickett (Plot 28A)
  • Best Newcomer – Rob Flanagan (Plot 8)
  • Runner Up Best Newcomer – U3A (David Choppins, Martyn Roberts, Mark Taylor and Heather Spencer-Smith) (Plot 33A)

Pictured on the left is the winner of the Best Plot, Derrick Davis and on the right representatives of U3A, who won the Runner Up Newcomer (Plot 33A).  Aside from a lovely certificate, these plot holders were also awarded gift vouchers from Ayletts, who kindly judged our competition again this year.



We are having our usual first Sunday of the month get together from 11.00am on Sunday July 7th. Coffee, cake and a catch-up. Look forward to seeing you.
Best Kept Plot
Judging took place yesterday and the winners of the Best Plot and the Newcomers Best Plot will be presented with their Ayletts vouchers on Sunday. Another reason to come along!
Sustainable St Albans Open Gardens – 4th August 11am to 1.00pm
We encourage you and your friends to come along to this event. It would be good if you could work on your plot at this time and be prepared to chat to visitors. If you have spare produce to offer up for sale, all donations will go to the Association coffers. We will be providing coffee and cake. If anyone is able to make a cake or maybe has some jam this would be gratefully received. If you are planning to bring a cake please let Barbara know.
A Harvest Special! Coffee at the plots with a difference – October 6th
Please bring along your pumpkins! We will provide the barbecue .


It has been brought to our attention that on more than one occasion the gate to the allotment site has been left unlocked, presumably all night as it was found unlocked early in the morning. We don’t need to spell out the implications given the recent rough sleeper in our Hut and theft of around £100 worth of items. In addition, it is a continuing concern that travellers could enter the site and cause considerable disruption. (This did happen some years ago and the site was closed for 6 months.) Please be vigilant and keep a look-out and let Pat know if anything seems amiss. Any theft from your plot should be reported to the police.


Thanks to all those who attended the AGM last Sunday – great turnout! And thanks to those who purchased seedlings to boost the BLAA coffers. The coffers were an important item of discussion, as following one year without membership subscriptions, the Committee reported that our financial situation was not sustainable and put forward a proposal to  introduce a £5 site contribution per plotholder, per year. Burydell Lane Allotments have considerable site expenses including fencing and site maintenance, a requirement to pay site insurance, and funds are also needed for maintenance to the Hut. (In that vein there will be a working party shortly to repaint the outside and we will let you know the date.) This was unanimously approved and the new scheme will start with immediate effect. If you want to see the audited accounts that were made available for the AGM, please see here.

Pat as Site Liaison Officer will collect the £5 contribution, or alternatively, you can let Barbara have the £5 in an envelope with your name and plot number. Post through the door at 2 Mill. Again, just to clarify, it is £5 per plotholder NOT plot. The plotholder is the individual who holds the tenancy agreement with the Council.


The new Committee members are as follows – please also see the updated committee page.

  • Officers – Kim Scrivener (Chair), Heather Spencer-Smith (Secretary), Chris Feakes (Treasurer)
  • Members – Jan Castle, Derrick Davies, Sonia MacArthur, Christine Miles, Jim Miller, Barbara Vernon
  • Pat Solomons is a committee member by virtue of her role as Site Liaison Officer


Have a look at the new Council Allotment Rules which apply to all allotments in St Albans. Key points are:

  • Use of hosepipes
  • Bonfires
  • 75% cultivation
  • Shortened eviction process (no NC2)


Please use water responsibly and make sure that you turn off the tap after you have finished. There have been a few occasions when a tap has been left on and this not only damages the ground but wastes a valuable resource.


There will soon be two resident beehives on the site, belonging to Claus Schnorr. We will shortly put some more information on the website and by email.


No coffee morning next Sunday
We normally have coffee in the hut on the 1st Sunday of the month but we are not having a coffee morning on the 5th May because of the AGM on the 12th May.
AGM/Plant Sale/Social Event
Please join us on 12 May at 11.00am. Please bring any spare plants or seedlings or gardening-related items you may wish to swap or sell. After a short AGM tea/coffee/Danish pastries will be served.
We are looking for a new Treasurer
Unfortunately our Treasure is standing down so if you think you might be interested in this role and would like to find out more about it please email Kim (our Chairperson) – Kim – KIM.SCRIVENER@gmail.com. We are a small friendly committee and the job of Treasurer should not take up too much of your time!
Squash Growing competition
Time to get planting now. The biggest squash is the winner! Top tip – lots of muck and water!

Dear all

This is to let you know that the plant swap and AGM will be happening on Sunday 12 May 2019 on site at 11am with light refreshments.

The agenda is here and the minutes of last year’s AGM are here. If you have any items you’d like to raise, please let Heather Spencer-Smith know (hspencersmith125@gmail.com).

Look forward to seeing you there!

Kim (Chair)

Quiz at Park Street Village Hall – 9 March

Still time to book if you would like to come! Please email Barbara Vernon vernonbarbara@gmail.com
Sunday Brunch – 7 April – from 11am
Coffee and barbecue breakfast. From 11.00am at the Hut – voluntary donations requested. The first Sunday get together of the year. We hold these on the 1st Sunday of the month. Do please come along for a catch up – whatever the weather!
Plant Swap and AGM – 12 May – 11am
Please think about any spare plants you may have or indeed anything you could sow now and bring along. If you don’t have anything please come anyway (voluntary donations always welcome!). A short AGM will be held.
Open Gardens Scheme – 4 August – 11am to 1pm
Under this scheme we will again open the allotments to the public. Refreshments will be available. If you can ‘toil on your allotment’ during this period and answer any questions from curious visitors it would be appreciated. Also if you have any spare produce you can offer it for sale.