A study of pollinators in Leeds, Bristol, Edinburgh and Reading has shown that allotments are the best urban environment for bees, including wild bees.
Volunteers in the Community
Phil Gomersall, Publicity Officer for Leeds Allotment Federation received
a certificate, on behalf of the Federation, in recognition of the outstanding contribution that the organisation makes to the citizens and communities of Leeds.
The certificate was presented by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Graham Latty at a Civic Celebration for Small Groups and Charities in Leeds. The event was very well attended and held in the Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Suite in the Civic Hall.
Phil Gomersall, President of the National Allotment Society and also our Publicity Officer, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Horticulture in Yorkshire. Well done, Phil, and well deserved!
Photo: Tom Maynard (L) and Phil (R) in the early days.
Tom Maynard has died, following a decline in his health over the last few years. He will be greatly missed.
Tom was a stalwart of the Leeds Allotments Federation and has been a very active member throughout his time with the Federation. He has held many positions over the years from Treasurer, Secretary, Acting Chair and President. We spent many hours together promoting allotments in the early days with a makeshift stand at many shows and judging Leeds allotments in the Leeds Allotment Competitions. He has put an awful lot into the federation over the years.
Tom’s funeral is on the 29th March 2018, 1.30pm at Christchurch on Armley Ridge Road.