Colindale Allotment and Garden Association

Members Information
This page contains:
  • News about current events and issues
  • Downloads such as the tenancy agreements, constitution and golden rules
  • Helpful links to other allotment based websites

North London Waste Authority announces closure of it's recycling facility and free deliveries

We have been informed by Greenspaces and the North London Waste Authority that it is closing it's Edmonton Recycling facility which was responsible for council organic waste recycling and deliveries to our site. Unfortunately this means that we will not be receiving any more deliveries of free compost from them. The committee are looking at alternative providers, even if there is a small cost involved, as we know how many members appreciate these deliveries. If any members know of bulk compost suppliers who deliver then please let us know. 

News

​Water

The water has now been turned back on again for all members. If there are any issues with taps not working or leaking pipes then please let the committee know by contacting [email protected] 

At the end of May all of the taps were checked to see that they were working and had suitable pressure. They were all found to be working and producing a reasonable flow. However, if plot holders leave their hoses running for more than 30 mins and without watering by hand then obviously the pressure across the site will be reduced.

Please follow our guidelines in your Tenancy Agreement for responsible and fair water use!

Help wanted

Some members kindly offered their help and services at the AGM and have done in the past in order to support the alloment community. Could you help us now by offering to mow the main paths. They are fast becoming overgrown with grass and we need a volunteer with some time on their hands to keep on top of it! We have a communal lawnmower that can be used by someone who understands the machine and the grass can be composted at the green communal compost site at the top of the north car park. 

If you feel that you could help our community either once, or on a more regular basis by being our mower-in-chief, then please email [email protected] urgently!

That grass just keeps getting longer!

CAGA AGM

A very well attended AGM on Monday March 12th saw members discuss a range of issues and suggestions. Three new committee members were elected and it was decided to raise the membership fees for all plot holders to recognise the rise in costs of water and to provide funds to invest in CCTV. It is hoped that this will result in members feeling safer and more secure on site.
The deadline for completing surveys has now passed but if you would like to share your thoughts with the committee you can either email them at [email protected] or complete the survey below, which should take less than 4 mins.
Download the Committee Report 2017 here!
Download the Treasurer's Report 2017 here!
Download the Auditor's Report 2017 here!

Your voice - members' surveys

You can contact the committee at any time at [email protected] or posting a note through one of our letter boxes. We cannot guarantee to get back to you the next day as we are all volunteers but we will try to respond as soon as we can to your thoughts and concerns.
Download the Members' survey results here - April 2018!
Sanding and preparing the trading hut walls.
Painting the walls and windows.
The finished front of the Trading Hut.
September Working Party 2018
A huge thank you to all of the members who turned up on Saturday 8th September 2018 and transformed the Trading Hut and surrounding area.  You know who you are, and you may even appear in these pictures!

A big thank you to Gloria, Bambos and Denise who organised the whole day, gathered paint, brushes and sandpaper and led the way in making the day a success.  Thank you also to Mohammed Shafaat, Gita, Arshid, Gloria and Bambos for the wonderful selection of soup, sandwiches and cakes that refreshed our bodies and minds.  
Weeding, clearing and tidying the front car park.
August 2017

A beautiful day on Saturday saw the sun shining, members picking and harvesting and a wonderful group of young volunteers working hard at our site. 12 young people from North London, coordinated by the National Citizens Service, offered their time and services to support us by making new numbers for each plot. This will help easily identify all plots and help members to find their way around. The young people visited Colindale Allotments on a prior Saturday to get an idea about how they could help us, before raising money for wood, varnish and tools to complete the job this weekend. They have made all of the numbers themselves but weren't able to install them all due to time restrictions. This will be completed by the end of the month as it is possible that another group of hard working young people may want to work with us too. If you see them on site then please make them feel welcome and speak to them about why you are here and what you are growing as they found the amount of fruits and vegetables on site a real inspiration. I would like to thank them for all their hard work, enthusiasm, creativity, team work and organisation as it was a pleasure to welcome them and they have definitely made their mark on our site for some years to come.  Here are some photos of them hard at work. 
























There have been many people experiencing difficulties with the main gate lock over the past few months and their are some ex-members who have not handed in their keys who are still accessing the site when they shouldn't be. To secure our site, allow easy access for members who have paid their rents and to make sure everyone is safe the committee has purchased a new weatherproof padlock and keys. Once we have decided on dates we will let you know when the new lock will be in place and how you can exchnage your keys. The old padlock will move to the middle gate, in the centre of Sheaveshill Avenue towards the Tube station, for a period of transition so that members have time to hand in their old keys and get new ones. Everyone who has paid their rent will receive one new key for their plot. If you require a second key then you will need to provide a £20 key deposit (returnable on departure once the keys are returned) and a receipt as proof of your deposit. 

The Colindale Safer Neighbourhood Team also have a key to the site and they are  keen to meet everyone and build up relationships with plot holders. They will be patrolling on site to reassure us, support us and help us to solve issues on site and with our residential neighbours. If you have any concerns about the behaviour of other plot holders or residential neighbours then they are a great first point of contact. Their names are Pedro, Tom and Rob. Please make them feel welcome if you see them around as they are a valuable support to our community.


 If you use email and can give us an address that you monitor then that will significantly help us to speed up our communications and make sure everyone is aware of developments. If you are aware of any other issues then please report them to [email protected] or in person to a member of the committee.


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Lea Huselmans/Adri-Soejoko

If members would like to contribute their time to weeding and maintaining this memorial area then we would ask that they inform the committee so that this work can be organised in liaison with Lea's family.
A memorial garden has been planted by Lea's family and the Committee on behalf of all members to celebrate Lea's life and commemorate her contribution to the Association over many years. 
Memorial Service for Lea 

When: Monday 24th April
Where: Our Lady of Doleurs Church,
                  4 Egerton Gardens, NW4 4BA
Time: 12pm

All are welcome to join Lea's family for a memorial service to celebrate her life.
A funeral service will follow at 1pm but this will be for the immediate family only.

The committee are also giving thought as to how to best commemorate Lea's contribution to the Colindale Allotments over many years. If any members have any thoughts about how best to make this happen then all ideas are very welcome. Please let committee members know as sooon as possible.
Lea Adri-Soejoko (Huselmans)​​

As many of you will now know Lea was found dead in Colindale Allotments at 2am on Tuesday 28th February 2017. It is such a sad and tragic event which has come as a huge shock to the whole community. Lea was known at the allotments as a keen gardener, grower and dedicated committee member who represented the Association on many occasions. She was a kind hearted, generous and welcoming soul who went out of her way to make people feel welcome and listened to and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go out particularly to her family as they try to come to terms with their sad and sudden loss.
Sunday 5th March 2017

The police arranged a meeting at the RAF Museum, Hendon to discuss developments in the case. Around 30 Association members and their families attended to hear what the police had to say and ask questions.

A DCI on the case recounted the last known contact with Lea and what the police know of subsequent events. They were not able to go into details regarding the person currently under arrest for 'operational reasons'.

Inspector Jason Moseley, of the Safer Neighborhoods Team,  also sought to reassure tenants and residents that visible patrols were being stepped up in the area to reassure the public and the local Safer Neighborhood Team have been actively involved in supporting investigating officers and liaising with local people.

It is not clear when new developments in the case will be released to the media but the police suggested that forensic investigations would continue until at least Tuesday. Therefore it is unlikely that plot holders will be able to go on site until at least then.

The Association AGM was due to be held later this month but this will now be postponed due to the current circumstances. However, once the date has been rearranged and a venue booked tenents will be informed via their contact details and on this website.
Thursday 9th March 2017

The investigation is still ongoing at the allotments. We have been advised this evening that forensic operations are still continuing for the immediate future and the police cannot give a date or time when the allotments will reopen. We will update the website again when we have further news.
Friday 17th March 2017

Forensic investigations continue at the allotments and unfortunately we do not yet have any confirmation of when this will be complete. We understand that this is difficult for many plot holders but we hope you can appreciate that these are extraordinary circumstances and the police have told us that they will let us know as soon as they are done. If you wish to contact the police yourselves they have suggested that tenants and local peope contact the Safer Neighborhoods Team. You can find full details at https://beta.met.police.uk/your-area/barnet/colindale/  
Tuesday 14th March 2017

I'm sorry to report that we still don't have a date for when the allotments will reopen for plot holders. Police are still continuing with their investigations and we are in touch with them daily but they don't have a definitive date for the completion of their enquiries so we will have to remain patient. Please send your email to [email protected] if you would like to receive updates via email.
Monday 20th March 2017

The allotments are now open again.
The police confirmed that they have completed their investigations and the site can now be accessed again. The padlock is the same on the main gate so plot holder keys should still be viable. If there are any difficulties or problems please contact the police via the Safer Neighborhood Teams (details below) or contact [email protected]