Please use this link for the latest edition of Allotment Corner.
Throughout the year Dennis Stow writes an article for the villagers about what is growing in the garden and allotment and this is published in the Parish Magazine called the Villager every two months. There are lots of helpful tips and observations and from now on you will be able to catch up online.
Don't forget you can have a wheelbarrow of compost from the Hoe if you are running short.
Piddinghoe allotments 2016
We are now in our seventh year of growing and our plots are well-established and productive. Our membership comprises mainly village residents but rather than leave plots untended while we wait for other villagers to join, we've welcomed new friends from Newhaven 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.
We appreciate how lucky we are to have such 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, happy group of comrades.
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.
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!
We've introduced an associate membership scheme, so that for a small contribution of £5 a year, other villagers who are interested in growing veg or gardening in general can join our events without having to commit to renting a plot.
We're currently looking into the possibility of obtaining some ergonomic and easy-grip tools. We hope this will increase access to gardening for people affected by physical challenges such as arthritis, weak grip and mobility problems.
Typical social events include our AGM which we follow with a shared meal, and our "cook what you've grown" social at the allotments - the weather was perfect this year and we finished the evening sitting round a bonfire. We're planning a few more events in the autumn and winter months, which may include a gin tasting (an alternative to our usual wine tasting) and a bag quiz (where we have to guess what mystery items are sewn into bags). We'll also hold another Christmas mince pies and sherry afternoon in December, which will be open to all villagers and friends. More suggestions are always welcome.
If you're interested in taking on a plot or becoming an associate member, please contact me on 01273 515203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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