Since embarking on the quest to get manure delivered to the Church Hill site (which does not have vehicular access), my research has come up with a useful nugget of information - Cow dung is better. It rots faster, and takes out less nitrates from the soil as it rots down. Doesn't smell as bad in the car (if indeed you have to resort to that) either.
Farmers have a lot more of it too, a typical diary or beef farm churning out (that's one word for it) 1000 tons of the stuff every year, and upon the gift of wine or chocolate, a genial farmer-type will happily deliver it. It can also sit on grass without the acid therein destroying the ground for the rest of the season. The cow dung, obviously, not the farmer.
Thought I should pass it on.
In other news - literally - Redhill and Reigate Life mentioned the new website (hurrah!), and posters are starting to fly up in the Merstham area. We anticipate a steady flow of new interest in the next fortnight from shop customers and railway station staff (Anne at Merstham Station expressed an interest, so we're now in negotiations as to whether we can arrange a train and reduced ticket prices to the allotment site - however unlikely, nothing is impossible). Perhaps you can help? We're seeking environmentally aware people to help us out (so please no staple-guns on ancient Oak trees) - you can download the poster from the Promote us page.
And finally, Gatton Park is hosting a Living Willow Sculpture training course on February 5th (this Saturday) - sounds like a great way to block out your uglier neighbours with some lovely environmentally friendly screening - or a neat way to keep the children
Please do email us if you'd like to find out more - I appreciate the website does look a little bare at present but we are working feverishly to pull its metaphorical socks up, so please don't let that put you off.