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Potato Day a roaring success

Potato Day 2018 was a roaring success, with crowds once again queuing patiently well before the doors opening, and the first variety to sell out going in just 11 minutes.

Talks from Riverford Organics and Plate2Plate compost kept people entertained, the Wholegrain Café kept people topped up with food and drink, and Veg on the Edge swapped seeds all day long. Stalls from West Riding Organics, Palestinian Solidarity Oil and the Vegan Society provided plenty of things to look at and buy. Once again, there were a range of fruit trees and bushes for sale.

There was a good deal of interest from local media, with radio spots on BBC Radio Leeds and BCB community radio, together with a great article in the T&A.

Thanks to all the volunteers who either helped in the kitchen or sold spuds, by the end of the day we were nearly sold out. There are a few varieties left and if you’re still after some you can get hold of them on the 24th of February, 1-3pm at the club house on Northcliffe allotments. To get to the club house park at the Cliffe Gardens entrance to Northcliffe Woods (off Bradford Road), walk up the steep tarmac road and onto the muddy track, keep going for a couple of hundred yards and the club house is on the right, at the top of the bottom set of allotments, it has a ramp and lots of pots etc outside. If you get to a car park and NEET then you have gone too far so come back down the track.

Heaton Allotments Association Open Day

Saturday 2nd September
Heaton Allotments Association Open Day.
1.00-4.00 p.m at the end of Quarry Street, Highgate, Heaton BD9 4BS.

Produce stalls, refreshments, tombola, Traidcraft, demonstration of fruit preserving by ‘Plenty’, open allotments, a visit to the community orchard, and music from 3 Chord Max Choir.

Greenhouse offer

Is anyone interested in having the use of 1 or 2 greenhouses and/or a bed ready prepared for planting which the owner can’t manage by himself and is happy for one or more people to make use of them? There is a tap by the greenhouses and a compost area and access is by a side gate. Also any other part of his large garden that someone might like to take on. He lives off Moorhead Lane (off the Saltaire roundabout).

Contact him at
or 07771 745 801

Potato Day

Potato Day poster 2017(lo res)Potato Day 2017
Saturday 11th Feb
Exhibition Hall, Exhibition Road,
Saltaire, BD18 3JW

As well as the usual range of organic and non-organic seed potatoes, there will be a range of stalls including Forest of Bradford, Leeds Vegetarian and Vegan Society, Palestinian Solidarity oil, WYOG, West Riding Organics, Plenty, and Those Plant People.

Veg on the Edge will be running a seed swap, there will be free grow bag kits for the first fifteen kids through the door.


There will be the chance to win £100 of Garden Organic vouchers. How? Come along on the day and find out! All we are saying is you’ll need to bring your sense of humour!

You can download a Potato Day Poster by clicking on the image.

Bright future for bees?

a bee on a flowerElectronics weekly has a fascinating article on how shining 670nm red light on bees could ameliorate damage caused by neonicotinoid insecticides, according to University College London and the University City, University of London.

“The researchers found that when shining a specific wavelength of red light (670nm) it significantly reduced bee death rates and improved cell energy levels, mobility and visual function in animals exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides such as Imidacloprid which are widely used in agriculture worldwide,” said the universities.

2016 AGM


Caroline Street Social Club
12- 3pm, Sat 26th November

Please join us for the West Yorkshire Organic Group Annual General Meeting.

As well as all the usual business of the group such as officers reports, elections to posts etc, it’s a great chance to meet up with other members, find out what we’ve been up to for the last year and find out what we’re going to be up to in the coming year, or even suggest something yourself. The bar will be open and there will be a small buffet lunch.

Caroline Social Club
Caroline Street
Shipley BD18 3JZ

2016 Show winners

Congratulations to all winners in all the categories. If you won a prize or were highly commended this year, give yourself a pat on the back as this year’s entries were described by the judges as “of a very high standard.”  Pictured below are the prize winning entries being presented by Martin Bijl and Terry Marshall of WYOG.

Best exhibit in tomatoes – Mike Hurdiss (for beefsteak tomato)
Best exhibit in fruit – Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team (for Czar plum)
Best exhibit in Children’s Classes – Ingrow Primary School’s Grow Your Own Group (for eating apple, possibly Discovery)


Best exhibit in Bread – Anne Bell
Best stall – Terry Marshall
Best exhibit in vegetable section – William Holliday (for courgette)
Best exhibit in show – Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team