News and Events

Bug Safari and Crafts

When

Are your children keen on bug hunting? Then bring them along to the Gordon Road Bug Safari on the 31St July. There will be 3 sessions:

  • 11:00 am
  • 11.30 am
  • 12:00 pm

This is an adult lead activity which will include the spotting, catching (if possible) and identification of bugs using field guides and spy glasses/lenses. Places limited.

Price

Prices, which include modelling a bug, are £1 FHS members, £2 non-members (exact cash please). Money raised goes towards maintaining the wildlife plot.

Where

Meet at the Cabin at the far end of Gordon Road Allotments.Suitable for children 5 and over, and they must be accompanied by a parent/carer.

Be Prepared

LONG SLEEVES, TROUSERS AND STOUT FOOTWEAR SHOULD BE WORN. The bug hunt will take place on the Wildlife Plot which has some nettles and brambles (and 2 ponds!) If you would like more information or to pre-book a space contact Helen Skelton on helenskelton1964@gmail.com

Plant Sale May 2022

Our allotment volunteers are busy in the polytunnels sowing seeds for our Plant Sale at Gordon Road on Sunday 15th May 1.00pm – 4.00pm. So put this date in the diary.  Lots of vegetable plants such as sweetcorn, courgettes, pumpkins, Pak Choi, tomatoes, kale, lettuces, aubergines and lots more. Also many perennials and annuals. All very reasonably priced. You can download the flyer here.

What plants are available?

You can download the full list with prices here.

AGM 2022

The 81st Annual General Meeting of the Finchley Horticultural Society will be held at the Finchley Lawn Tennis Club, London N3 at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd March 2022.

Click here to download the agenda.

RHS Wisley on Friday 24th June

Members of FHS, family and friends are invited to join us on a coach trip to RHS Wisley on Friday 24th June.  Wisley is the historic home of the RHS and houses one of the largest plant collections in the world. The gardens delight through every season and should be particularly glorious in June.

The cost of the visit is £26.00 per person (£28.00 for non FHS members) which includes entry to Wisley and a driver gratuity.

The coach will leave from Regents Park Road (opposite College Farm) at 9.30am and return approximately 4.30pm. Please note the journey time is just over one hour (depending on traffic). There is plenty of parking in neighbouring roads, such as Fitzallan and Allandale.

To secure a place please email finchleyhorticulturalsociety@gmail.com  (for the attention of Events Organiser) or fill out and return this form.

Plant Sale May 2021


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The FHS plant sale will start on 16th May for members, and the 23rd May for the general public. The list of plants available is here – we’ll try to keep it up to date.

AGM 2021

This year’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at 7.30 on Zoom. Further details on the meeting can be found on the events page.

How to Join

You can use one of the following:

  1. Use this link to the meeting
  2. Manually join via Zoom software with meeting ID 895 8891 1270 and passcode 701955
  3. Call 0131 460 1196 and use the meeting ID and passcode above

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is running again this year between Friday 29th January and 31st January.

Helen Skelton (wildlife plot helper) will be taking part this year, and would like to combine the efforts of other plot holders as part of a winter bird survey. For the RSPB survey you only need to spend an hour bird spotting but of course, if you want to do longer and provide the information to Helen that would be great! Please email her at Helenskelton1964@gmail.com

CHARITY VEGETABLE BOX SCHEME

FHS has joined this scheme collecting unwanted excess vegetables from Barnet Allotments which are then delivered to local charities which include Homeless Action Barnet (HAB), The Trussell Trust food banks and East Finchley’s refugee kitchen.

Empty boxes are left out over the weekend and collected late afternoon on the Sunday and this will carry on until the Autumn.

In the first week of this scheme Gordon Road took the prize for the most donations so well done and lets carry on making a difference.


Plants for Sale 2020

Because of the Corona virus and the subsequent lack of volunteers who sow the seeds, we only have a limited amount of plants for sale this year. And this is for members only. If you would like some plants please email your requirements by Thursday 14th May to finchleyhorticulturalsociety@gmail.com

If you can pay on line. Account No. 63253031 Sort Code 20 95 61 this would be much appreciated. Please insert your last name and “Plants” in the reference box. However, if you are not happy with online banking, please leave the correct amount in an envelope when you collect your plants. The plants will be available to collect in Gordon Road car park on Sunday 17th May and you will be allocated a time for collection. The list is available here. We look forward to hearing from you.

As well as the list of plants and vegetables we also have some herbs for sale as follows:

Basils- Italian -purple- Thai- holy- GreekBronze

fennel- green fennel

 Marjoram

 Bay leaf

 Rosemary

Winter savory 

Corsican mint

Chocolate mint

PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE NOW SOLD OUT OF BLACK RUSSIAN AND SWEET MILLION TOMATOES

Corona Virus

Sadly, the Coronavirus Pandemic has forced us to cancel the Plant Sale this year. Inevitably, this will mean a huge reduction in income for us this year as this is our biggest fundraiser.
 Social distancing restrictions and a reduction in the number of volunteers meant that fewer seeds were sown and after the lockdown no more seeds were planted. There are a few flowers such as petunias as well as chilli plants, peppers and some leeks, which are sown early. We hope to be able to offer these during May.
It’s not too late to sow your own seeds. The large seed companies are offering some vegetable seeds on line and Franchi Seeds also have some availability. Sutton Seeds offer a discount to FHS members with the code GS1052F, which gives 50% off seeds and 15% off plants. Ebay may also be another source of seeds as are some supermarkets.

At Gordon Road members are adhering to the procedures that help to keep us all safe and some of these will be helpful at Brent Way and Nethercourt Allotments.

  • Keep the gate locked at Gordon Road – we always get one or two visitors when the gates are left open, which is not safe at the current time
  • social distancing at 2 metres or more
  • wearing gloves for opening the gate
  • wearing gloves when using the compost loo 
  • wearing gloves when using the wheelbarrows
  • wearing gloves when using the water taps
  • use sanitiser gel before entering the site and on the site
  • wash your hands when you get home
  • bring a flask if you want a hot drink 
  • don’t come to the allotments if you or someone at home thinks they have the virus

Plotholders should note the guidance from the National Allotment Society