BHAF Allotment News
April 2016

Dear Allotmenteer,

BHAF Wildlife Group

 The first meeting of the BHAF Wildlife Group, will be on Wednesday 13 April at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the Salvation Army Annex in Park Crescent, opposite the Level. Rich Howarth has been invited to talk about the Biosphere and how allotments are linked into the map of valuable green spaces across the City. All plot holders and Co workers are invited to attend.
Mindful Gardening?
There has been much news in the national press about how allotmenteering is good for your mental health

If you would like to enjoy your allotment more and stress about it less, why not come and try mindful gardening?
Mindfulness is the practice of coming into the moment and letting go of worries and anxieties. While it is thousands of years old, it has recently been much-studied and has been proven to be helpful for anxiety and stress, depression and compulsive over-thinking. Many people who practice mindfulness regularly report feeling more relaxed, more able to appreciate good things in their lives and less caught up in worries about the past and future.

Jiva Masheder, has an allotment in Brighton, is running the workshops, and has been practicing herself since 1997 and has an MSc in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She teaches and supervises in Brighton and her website can be found here

BHAF are funding a series of workshops on mindful gardening, which will be free for plotholders. Booking is essential as places are limited.

These workshops will run on

May 14, 21, 28
at Roedale Valley allotments.
They will be suitable for people with or without experience of mindfulness or gardening. (If you are suffering from a major psychiatric illness these workshops will not be suitable for you.) For more information and booking please contact Jiva at

This Wednesday night the Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation (BHAF) held their annual general meeting at the Brighthelm Centre, Brighton. It was well attended with around 170 people turning up.

Butterfly and Moth Conservation
A guide for allotmenteers
Mark Carroll from the Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation and Jamie Burston from Sussex Butterfly Conservation have worked together to produce a guide to butterflies and moths especially for allotmenteers!

You can download the pdf of the leaflet at the BHAF website, and follow the link to in depth information on how to support the species mentioned;

Glyphosate Free Brighton!
Brighton and Hove Council has voted unanimously to stop using glyphosate and trial non-chemical alternatives putting Brighton well on the way to becoming the UK’s first pesticide-free city!
Children who grow their own veg are 5 times more likely to eat them!
If you have trouble persuading your children to eat their greens, give them a trowel and send them out into the allotment.
Scandal of our Allotments
KATIE BEAT looks at their history, and at the growing threat to allotments, despite their supposed legal protection. She argues that their wholesale loss has become a national disgrace..
As if we didnt know!
Allotment gardening 'is good for your mental health'
Study finds that just 30 minutes a week can improve mood and self-esteem as well as physical fitness.
Good for your mental health

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Best Regards,
BHAF Committee.

Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation