Video: “From Grey to Green” #biodiversity

On Saturday, Matt Holker of the GM Ecology Unit came to the allotment. Marc Hudson and Amanda Milligan took the opportunity to interview him and make the following film.

PDFs of the spotter sheets can be downloaded from the “Resources” tab on the website:

Open Day!

Tomorrow, Saturday 15th September, is Moss Side Community Allotment’s grand open day. There will be members of the allotment team there to answer questions and show you the amazing strides we’ve made in less than a year. There’ll be refreshments and you’ll be able to sample some of the local, organic produce we’ve grown on the site this summer.
You’ll also be able to find out about future plans, including the chickens which will be coming to live on the allotment in a couple of weeks’ time, the ponds which we’ll be building to attract frogs and newts to keep allotment pests down, the wildflower gardens planned to help attract bees and other beneficial insects, and a proposed herb garden.
Moss Side Community Allotment is about creating a welcoming environment where local residents can work together to get to know one another, reduce our carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, produce cheap, nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables for us and our families, get exercise and fresh air, and generally have fun!
BBC Radio Manchester will be broadcasting live from the open day at 11.45 if you can’t make it down.
The Open Day runs from 10am, and more information on this and other allotment open days around Manchester can be found here.

Petition to help save the bees

The world’s bees are at risk due to the effects of artificial pesticides. Bees don’t just make honey, they pollinate many plants which means that they a vital part of all food growing as well as natural processes, and it’s incredibly important that they’re saved. Bayer, one of the world’s biggest pesticide companies, is refusing to withdraw chemicals it manufactures which are especially dangerous to bees. There is a petition urging the company to change its ways: you can sign here.