Glebelands is a large, quiet allotment site in the north London borough of Barnet. It is divided into 3 fields: E Field (the largest with over 100 plots) P Field (the second largest with 80+ plots) and T field (the smallest with only 3 plots). The plots are a mix of 10 poles and 5 poles- a pole, being the traditional method for measuring allotments, is approx. 25sqm hence one pole is about 5 linear metres by 5 linear metres.
Glebelands is managed by the North Finchley Allotment Society (NFAS) which is a member of the Barnet Federation of Allotment & Horticultural Societies.
Since July 2013, when the Society took over the lease from London Borough of Barnet, the Glebelands allotment site has been fully self-managed. NFAS is a voluntary organisation, with a constitution. Membership of the society is open to all on payment of an annual subscription. The NFAS Committee and officers are elected annually by members at an Annual General Meeting, they are all volunteers and receive no compensation for their time and involvement in the running of the society. Everyone is encouraged to join the committee at some point or lend a hand in any way possible.
The committee meets once a month, always the first Sunday, at 11am, in the Trading Hut (the HQ of the NFAS) in Legion Way, however at present meetings are being held on Zoom every first Monday of the month at 7pm.
The society runs a small shop in the spring and summer months which stocks a variety of allotment supplies such as netting, string, compost and fertilisers. The shop is open to society members and the general public but, due to Covid restrictions, it has been closed since March 2020 and the new opening times are still to be decided. It is possible that in future members will be able to preorder online for collection at the Trading Hut but this is a work in progress …
Our allotment holders are of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Some are expert gardeners and some are beginners (although even the ‘old hands’ will tell you that there’s always more to learn!).
You can learn more about us on our Facebook group too and as a member you can join our WhatsApp group.