Events

2019

  • TATA Stall @ Twyford Village Fair – 17th August 2019

2018

  • Twyford and Ruscombe Horticultural Association (TRHA) Flower and Vegetable Shows. The next show confirmed for 2018 is:
    Autumn Show: Saturday 15th September
    Visit http://www.trha.org.uk for more information.
    Why not enter some flamboyant flowers? Or some rampant rhubarb?
  • TATA Fruit and Vegetable Stall – Twyford Village Fete Saturday 18th August 2018
  • Village in Bloom – Twyford 2018
  • National Allotment Week 13th – 19th August 201
  • National Gardening Week 30th April – 6th May 2018. Visit http://www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk for more information.

2017

2016


Village in Bloom – Twyford 2018

In 2017, Twyford received a Silver gilt Village in Bloom award.This was a super achievement which saw the Hurst Road allotments along the judging route. Huge interest was shown by the judges when visiting the mini plots (created for newbies and those perhaps not able to manage a full allotment plot). (read more here)


TATA holds its first BBQ and Pizza Get Together – 30th September 2017

What a superb afternoon! Around 40 TATA members gathered at Hurst Road allotments to celebrate the achievements of the 1st year of the association and to say a BIG THANK YOU to all for their support. Paul B and Charlie did an outstanding job of keeping tummies full by making fabulous garlic bread, creating various mouth-watering pizzas, cooking sizzling sausages, succulent salmon and caramelised onion burgers. All accompanied by side salad dishes, including potato salad and some very tasty beetroot [allotment grown, of-course!]. A tipple or two of award winning red currant wine topped off the afternoon perfectly [thank you Peter!].

                    


Twyford in Bloom – Going for Gold in 2017

Twyford Together were awarded with a Silver gilt medal in the Thames and Chiltern in Bloom awards in September 2016. This was a huge accomplishment as this was the first time the village had entered into the competition. The judges were ‘hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication from all those involved’ and went on to say: ‘It is apparent that Twyford is a thriving community. The RHS Britain in Bloom initiative provides a further opportunity (for Twyford Together) to engage in different groups whose key focus is to improve the environment and organise activities which will provide pleasure for many people, adults and children alike.’

Several areas were visited during the course of judging, including London Road allotments. Although no definite plans have been drawn up at this time [December 2016], it is highly likely that Hurst Road allotments will feature in the 2017. Let’s work together and make 2017 even more memorable and Go for Gold!


Hedge Fun(d) – February/March 2017

 The short length of hedgerow at the top of the allotments near the station serves as a boundary between parish land and the Borough’s patch of open grass. It is a somewhat mature single species (hawthorn) hedge that had become quite gappy, with dead branches, and congested with ivy and bramble, and a build-up of litter at its base.

The historic craft of hedge laying can rejuvenate neglected hedges as well as fill in any open gaps. The first stage in this project was to clean up all the stems by removing clinging ivy, cut out invasive brambles and removing any deadwood. TATA volunteers took to their pruners and loppers and after a couple of hours had made great headway. The stems of the existing hedge were then partially cut with either a saw or billhook low to the ground, and then bent individually at an angle of between 45 and 60 degrees.

Hazel stakes, harvested on-site from the copse, were used to hold the stems firm. The bent-over branches, known as plashers, were interwoven round the uprights, and this process is known as plashing or pleaching. At the same time, ten extra hawthorn saplings were planted in some of the wider gaps.

As the season progresses, the branches, especially at the bottom will shoot strongly, which will thicken the hedge. A laid hedge is attractive for nesting birds as they find the angled stems more suitable for supporting a nest.

Having laid the hedge, TATA volunteers will maintain it in future with an annual winter trim.


Wildflower Planting at Stanlake Meadow – February 2017

A group of jolly enthusiasts comprising members of TATA, TRHA, Twyford Parish Council and local residents and their children prepared the ground in the

designated wildflower area at Stanlake meadow at the beginning of February half term. It was tough work as the grassland was unyielding needing brute force in some places to clear the way to the soil underneath.

‘Team Wildflower’ returned later during the week to plant perennial and biennial wildflowers including:

Agrimony – medium to tall with veined pinnate leaves and a spike of 5-petalled yellow flowers.
Chicory – woody herbaceous plant of the dandelion family usually with bright blue flowers.
Cowslip – part of the primrose family with yellow flowers.
Gipsywort – grows up to 1m with tiny white flowers nestled in ruff-like swirls at the base of each leaf along the length of the stem.
Greater Celandine – detoxifying herb with lobed pinnate leaves and yellow flowers growing 30-120cm high.
Meadow Buttercup – widespread and common in meadows and pastures with golden yellow flowers.
Oxeye Daisy – a delicate wildflower measuring 30-90cm in height. Composite flower heads are positioned singularly atop the terminal shoot and look typically daisy-like, having a yellow central disk surrounded by white petal-like rays.
Pale St. John’s Wort – flowering clusters at the tips of the stem and lateral branches. Bright yellow, star-like flowers with 5 narrowly elliptic petals and a fountain-like spray of yellow stamens.
Red Clover – dark pink flowers loved by bumblebees!
Teasel – architectural plants with spiny pinkish purple flower heads rising out of the prickly rosette of leaves.
Wild Parsnip – grows up to 1.5m tall with yellowish green flowers forming umbrella-shaped clusters 10-20cm across.
Yarrow – a modern herb with clusters of white, flat-topped flower heads.
                        


Hazel Copse – January 2017

One frosty morning in January, a group of hardened TATA members joined forces with nature and cleared much of the hazel copse in the bottom corner of Hurst Road allotments. Where once overgrown brambles and bracken stifled the area, a number of young hazel saplings were found, ready for coppicing. The tree stems were cut down over the next few days, ready for allotment use.

Hazel saplings make fantastic bean poles and pea sticks providing the plants with the grip and support they need. Beans thrive on the rougher surface of hazel poles and the top fanned branches of the hazel are ideal for peas to train up.

Having removed a significant amount of undesirable vegetation, we found a couple of sporadic clumps of snowdrops desperately seeking the top of the undergrowth. To further prompt Spring on its’ way, the group returned to the copse the following week and planted 500 bluebell bulbs (the English variety, of-course!).


Twinkling TATA Tree – Twyford Christmas Tree Festival December 2016

Our local MP and Prime Minister Theresa May was among the 3000+ visitors who attended the 2016 Christmas Tree Festival at St. Mary’s Church in Twyford from 1st to 4th December. The theme of “A White Christmas” brought together over 70 local businesses, schools and organisations, each displaying a Twinkling Tree. TATA proudly displayed its sparkling shrub complete with white seed packets including leeks, white onions and white turnips.

The festival was truly magical bringing Twyford together and promoting “Peace and Goodwill to All”. Exhibitors and visitors also contributed food that was donated to the Reading based charity Readifood. Money raised from donations was given to local charities.


A Squash on Jubilee Corner – Saturday 22nd October 2016

Pumpkins and squashes galore were on show at Jubilee Corner in Twyford on Saturday 22nd October. Members of TATA were proud to display this seasons’ harvest to promote allomenteering, and were also encouraging villagers to support their local allotments. The benefits of being an allotment holder were shared with many, some of whom were inspired by the display and showed encouraging signs of taking on their own plot. The ‘guess the weight of the largest pumpkin’ competition, declared at 26.5 kg, attracted much attention to win a John Lewis voucher.