New Seat Store

Our first major purchase from the Tesco grant is a handy seat store so we don’t have to trundle all the way down to the greenhouses to get tools, string etc.

Here is Richard putting it together then taking a well-earned rest.


Success with Tesco Bags for Life

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We were very pleased to have received a generous grant through the local Tesco Bags for Life scheme in May 2018.

We will use the grant in order to improve the experience of using our plot for the members with new materials and to make the greenhouses safer with poly carbonate panels to replace the fragile glass.


A festival of flowers

Wow – the flower hub exploded into colour in the course of one week, accompanied by loads of grass.

Here are some photos, including a close up of a teasel, oh and a potato thrown in for good measure.

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A roller coaster into spring

Spring has been very slow to stabilise this year – snow, sub-zero temps, days of 15 degrees and LOTS of rain in March and early April. So much so that the ducks moved in!

Great results from RHS Judging

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We are very proud to have received the highest rating level from the Royal Horticultural Society It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme – Outstanding.

We were also awarded a National Award of Distinction. This was awarded to only 12 It’s Your Neighbourhood groups across the country. An honour indeed and testament to all the hard graft put in by the team on the plot.

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Receiving the Awards

Presentation to show the judges what we have achieved.

We received 91 out of a possible 100 points covering Community Participation (36), Environmental Responsibility (27) and Gardening Achievement (28).

The judges comments:

  • The half-acre site is clearly laid out with different beds which allows for a general rotation plan to be implemented. The ornamental hedge shows forethought as it will provide a windbreak on this very open site.
  • There is a wide variety of planting which reflects the diversity of the group with more unusual planting (white aubergine, celeriac, purple carrots) alongside the staples (onions, tomatoes, leeks, beans).
  • The variety of flowers add interest, colour and attract insects (Cinnabar moth caterpillar, honey bees and many butterflies).
  • Events are held which create a sense of community eg a group picnic utilising food grown (beetroot hummus, pickled cucumbers, courgette fritters), pumpkin competition etc.
  • Upcycling is evident eg the bench from the town centre, old fence posts used for the fruit cage, donated greenhouses and wheelbarrows.

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First picnic of 2017

Not the sunniest of evenings but the sun did briefly make an appearance. We had a feast of dishes made using plot produce including cucumber salad, potato salad, mixed salad, courgette quiche, courgette fritters and beetroot hummus.

Summer flowers, fruit and veg 2017