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Money for Repairs

On the 13th January there was a full City Council meeting where Sue Pearson, your local Common Councillor, proposed a motion that the repairs programme for all the City Estates be accelerated by using some of the City’s financial reserves. The repairs programme is moving incredibly slowly even by the City’s standards with the last 5 year plan being inadequately funded while the Estates decay and tenants live in unacceptable conditions. The City has a fund called City Cash which has reserves of £2.6 billion. They have dedicated £50 million of this money to support small business during the pandemic but nothing to support residents. £37 million of this money has not been spent and Sue suggested that, as a start, it might be a good idea to redirect this to Estate repairs.At the Council meeting discussion of the motion was cut short by a point of order and the the motion to speed up repair of your Estates was lost by 75 votes to 19. A supportive councillor, Graeme Harrower, has written a…See More



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Golden Baggers

The Golden Baggers food-growing project started in 2010 with 20 one-tonne builder’s bags on the unused site of the former nursery playground. In 2016, the now rotten bags were replaced with 42 solid wooden boxes, thanks to an award from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme. 

New members can initially join as Friends and after a year their name will get added to the list for a box. If you are interested, send an email to Jacqueline (membership) at, including your postal address, email and telephone number. Annual subs are currently £5 for Friends and £20 for box holders. You must become a Friend in order to join the waiting list.

During the growing season there are montlhly Social Sundays and plenty of other opportunity to get involved in social events including Open Gardens and the Baggers annual trip. Here's some photos from the 2018 outing to Turn End home and gardens.

Here's some pictures from our Harvest CelebrationSee more photo albums here

Click on links to follow us on facebook and twittter


At the AGM February 2019 we voted to update our Constitution and Terms and Conditions (click on links to view)

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Comment by Heather Sutton on May 16, 2020 at 23:33

Balcony Day, thank you Golden Baggers for my plant which was especially welcome having been in isolation since 20 March and then today hearing my friend Leilla Hardy of 8 Cuthbert Harrowing had died Friday night.  We were neighbours from 1957 - 1965 as we lived in No.7.  and our families played and grew up together. I am sure many residents will join in sending sympathy to the Hardy family.

Comment by Anna Parkinson on November 17, 2018 at 11:29

Golden Baggers' Allotments are under threat as the Colpai developers seek to remove the trees next to our plots.

Click on the 'Editorial' button above and follow the links to make an objection to the Planning Application


Comment by Mark Aerial Waller on May 13, 2017 at 13:38


Comment by Billy Mann on May 13, 2017 at 12:14
Hi Mark

If you send an email to, including you POSTAL ADDRESS, PREFFERRED EMAIL CONTACT and PREFERRED TELEPHONE CONTACT we can put you on the list. In the meantime, you might like to consider joining the project as a 'Friend', which costs £5 a year, for which you will be invited to all events and sent mailshots regarding upcoming activities.

Billy Mann
Golden Baggers Membership
Comment by Mark Aerial Waller on May 13, 2017 at 11:37

Hi, I would like to join the allotment waiting list too if possible. I am trying to grow roses from the bush that used to look so nice outside Bernard Morgan House. I have 40 seeds that I am trying to germinate. If one works, I would love to give it to the estate!

best wishes,


Great Arthur House

Comment by Billy Mann on April 4, 2017 at 17:48

The Councillor’s racy red past

Newly elected Cripplegate Councillor Sue Pearson is always happy to talk rhubarb, especially when the subject is her own contribution to that trusty filler of pies and crumbles.

Sue’s rhubarb has a life story. It sits today in a quiet corner of the Golden Baggers allotment, but the road it took to get here is a story in itself, a kind of rhubarb version of Who Do You Think You Are? It was born and raised in Wales by Sue’s Dad. Once it reached maturity, he outsourced cuttings to his children, who grew up and left home, but took a piece of Welsh rhubarb with them wherever they went. And from that day on, the hobo life of the plant began.

The muscular red beauty you see in the pot against the east wall of the allotment has journeyed with Cllr Pearson from Wales to Wilmslow and Derbyshire before it found its present home here on Golden Lane. It is clearly a survivor. The number of tarts it has parented is unknown, but please feel free to speculate. If​ you need any proof of its health and fertility, gently push back those big green leaves and check out the silky stems. Awesome.

Comment by Billy Mann on January 22, 2017 at 16:06
Elizabeth, please send your request in an email stating your address, phone number and preferred email contact to, and we can add you to the list.

Many thanks

Comment by Elizabeth Jobey on January 22, 2017 at 9:20
I would like to join the allotments' waiting list if possible. Please could you advise. Thanks Liz
Comment by Billy Mann on March 13, 2016 at 12:33
Willing hands needed in the allotment yard next weekend 19/20 March to assemble the new wooden boxes that replace the old bags.
Comment by Paul Lincoln on February 15, 2016 at 23:16

Comment by Paul Lincoln on February 15, 2016 at 23:14

Golden Lane Allotments win award but need your help.  Your vote could win us up to £12,000.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. 

Comment by Patricia O'Connor on February 5, 2016 at 13:42

Hi  Thanks Christine.   I'm wondering if the Gardening Group are giving any consideration to the disposal of gardening 'rubbish' or whether they prefer we make our own, individual arrangements?  We still have a few weeks to go before they seal off the balconies but it would be good to know which way it's going.  Thanks.

Comment by Patricia O'Connor on January 19, 2016 at 17:04

Hi  In relation to all the balconies being cleared.  Some people will want to keep their plants and reinstate them at the end of the current works. However, some people will want to dispose of theirs for whatever reason eg they can't cope with them any more or, as in my case, their plants are under attack by a worm like creature that is eating the leaves and making them all sticky.  Spraying/washing the leaves hasn't stopped the problem.

1. Are plants useful for composting?    2.  Is used soil useful for anything?  3. How best can we arrange for unwanted plants to be disposed of?  Maybe an accessible collection point can be allocated for the plants if useful for composting purposes.  No doubt a dedicated bin will be needed on the estate to dispose of other waste such as soil. I have mentioned this to the Corporation of London guy but thought it might be practical to know what best to do ahead of the day the balcony is blocked off!

Comment by Paul Lincoln on November 15, 2015 at 21:28

Golden Lane allotments looking great in autumn.

Comment by Paul Lincoln on July 8, 2015 at 22:35

Edible Golden Lane allotments are thriving. This year at Open Gardens Weekend five hundred people visited the forty growing bags hidden behind the Ralph Perrin Centre. Pictures here illustrate the thriving allotments and two key new assets, the composter and the recently installed butt designed to save rain water from the roof of the Ralph Perrin Centre.

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