Set up in 2010, our small plots are well-established and productive, while not being dauntingly large for those with limited free time. Membership comprises mainly village residents but rather than leave plots untended while we wait for other villagers to join, we've welcomed friends from Newhaven and the local area who are keen and experienced growers - on the understanding that villagers will always be given priority when leases are renewed in April. Given that they are "outsiders", they also pay a supplement which is passed on to the Parish Council to go towards the precept.
Our members enjoy growing fruit and veg in a beautiful, peaceful setting with views of the downs and horses as neighbours, a source of as much manure as we can use, a water supply, and - most important of all - a friendly group of comrades always ready to swap growing tips.
There's a real spirit of cooperation and we have regular group maintenance sessions to make sure the communal areas are kept up to scratch, as well as a weekly mowing rota to keep the grass areas neat and tidy. Members are happy to help each other out with more challenging tasks, watering while on holiday and sharing surplus seedlings or produce.
Added to the satisfaction of eating fresh food that you've grown yourself, it's well known that working in the fresh air is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. We have a small supply of ergonomic and easy-grip tools to help increase access to gardening for people affected by physical challenges such as arthritis, weak grip and mobility problems.
Typical events include our summer AGM which we follow with a "cook what you've grown" social at the allotments - weather permitting of course. In the past we've held wine tastings, talks, our own version of Gardeners Question Time and even car boot sales. More suggestions are always welcome.
If you're passing by and you see one/some of us working in there, pop in and pay us a visit. Better still, bring a barrow and you can go home with some manure!
If you're interested in taking on a plot, please contact me on 01273 515203 or email@example.com
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