Wed 1st April 2020

Dear Plot Holders and Co Workers,

You are invited to our AGM which will be on

Wednesday 1st April, 7pm (arrive 6.45)
The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD
This year we are pleased to announce that our speaker will be local grower Joshua Tutt who will be talking about 'No Dig Gardening'. Josua has featured on Monty Don's TV show 'Big Dreams, Small Spaces'. No Dig is increasing in popularity since it was pioneered by Charles Dowding. Better soil conditions, greater water retention, less weeding and even increased yields are the touted benefits of the No Dig method. Joshua has been using this method for some time and will explain how it works for him. This talk is free for all plot holders and co-workers so it's well worth putting this date in your diary. Cheese and a glass of wine will also be provided in the interval!

Along with the usual AGM business we will be launching an initiative between BHAF and The Food Partnership to encourage plot holders to 'Grow a Row' for the Real Junk Food Project. They run pop up cafes across the city where the food is available on a 'pay as you feel' basis and I can testify is healthy and delicious.
We also hope to have a vote on a proposal for a simplified and consistent 'Site Rep Election Process'. You can read more about that on our website.

Community outreach
We are aware that many sites are doing wonderful work with local schools and community groups that shows the allotment community in a really positive way!

BHAF would like to document these initiatives in time for the AGM. Provided you are happy to share this information to the wider BHAF membership, please let us know if you, your association or other plot holders are engaged in any kind of community outreach. We just need a brief description of where/which site, who you are working with and any other information you think is relevant.

Below is the procedure for nominations to the Committee. Please forward any agenda items  to arrive before Tuesday 10th March to or by post to BHAF, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG

Best Regards,
BHAF Committee


Notice on BHAF Committee Elections/Re-elections

As you know, these take place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Here is:
1. Information on the elections process and timetable for this year’s AGM
2. Information on the role of the committee and the responsibilities of members
1. If you wish to put yourself forward for election, please send the following information to by Tuesday 10th March
A. Your name and which site you are on
B. A short paragraph about yourself and the skills and interests you can offer
C. The names of a proposer and seconder
This information will be shared with BHAF members before the AGM, along with the bios of existing committee members who are standing for re-election.
2. The BHAF Committee is the voice of all plot holders in Brighton and Hove. It is funded from a levy on everyone’s annual rent payments. BHAF works in partnership with the Council Allotment Service to deliver the Allotments Strategy, agreed with Brighton and Hove Council in 2014. It disburses development funds to sites, protects tenants’ rights and works to ensure
accountability to plot holders. It holds regular meetings and forums, manages a website and
various forms of social media communications and provides advice and support on a wide range of issues. The committee also co-operates with other voluntary organisations and networks across the city on areas of mutual interest such as community outreach, food security and bio-diversity.
The committee meets several times a year, including BHAF forums (evenings only) on an as-
needed basis. Committee members also communicate regularly through email. Members need to be able to commit to regular attendance. The committee operates a Code of Conduct which members must agree to before joining the committee. The Committee is GDPR compliant and new members will be briefed on these obligations.
All talents very are welcome. We would particularly appreciate new members with on-line
communication skills, interest in taking forward planned work on diversity and social inclusion and also members from smaller sites.