North Road Allotments Team Win Mayor of Hertford's Charity Quiz 2020
A team from North Road Allotments (Alan, Andy, Brenda, Gary, Helen, Ken, Neil and Pam) won first prize in the Mayor of Hertford's Annual Charity Quiz held January 10 2020, for the second consecutive year, beating 22 other teams! The Mayor of Hertford's chosen charities this year are Carers in Hertfordshire and Herts Young Homeless.Particular thanks to Gary for knowing that McMullens Brewery started in 1827, Pam for knowing that Valery is a type of carrot, Neil for recognizing an obscure bridge in Provence, and Brenda and Ken for de-anagramizing some London Tube Station names.
See here for a picture of last year's winning team.
Allotment gardening is a great way to relax, meet like-minded people, enjoy the fresh air, have some physical exercise and grow some fresh fruit, veg and flowers for yourself and your friends and family.
Bounded by the Stevenage-Hertford North railway line to the east and North Road to the west, the allotments at North Road are a four-acre triangular shaped oasis of peace and quiet only five minutes walk from Hertford North railway station. Some people come here to relax and do physical activity after a rough day commuting to a London office; some for companionship and an old-fashioned chat; some to grow prize-winning flowers and vegetables; and some for 'me-time' getting back to nature in a shed.
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Space and Sunshine
Many house gardens in towns are small and shaded by hedges, walls, trees and neighbouring properties. Unfortunately, fruit and vegetables really like full sunshine all day long. And despite what the pundits tell you, it isn't really possible to grow that much on a balcony or windowsill of a flat. In contrast, an allotment gives you enough space and sunlight to grow an abundance of things – from unusual varieties of potatoes that really do taste better than those in shops; enough soft fruit for breakfast and to make jams and jellies all summer-long; and flowers to fill every vase in your house. You can grow your own saffron; tomatoes that taste like those in Italian market stalls; so much asparagus that you'll be giving it away to your friends and neighbours; blueberries blushed by the mid-summer sun; and squash, onions and garlic to store and feed you through the winter.
And all of this can be done organically, and with almost no food miles. The soil at North Road is pretty good – a bit stony (like much of Hertfordshire) but fertile, quite well-drained, easier to dig than heavy clay, and very responsive to improvement with organic matter and cultivation. Grow, eat and cook locally and healthily – your mind and body will thank you for it. Interested? Contact us, or browse our FAQs. Plots can be less than £10 per year (with a concession for pensioners or benefit recipients) – a fraction of the cost of a gym membership or a psychotherapist!
If you injure yourself on site, please use whatever you need from the First Aid boxes in the communal tool sheds or shop to patch yourself up. If you need to call for help, the postcode is SG14 2BZ. Please let any committee member know about your accident. We can record it in our accident book if you wish.