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It’s National Allotments Week

Today marks the start of National Allotments Week (6th – 12th August 2012) – a week of parties, celebrations and local lobbying to ensure allotments are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.

A recent survey conducted by the Society* found that 74% of its members are worried that their allotment land will be sold off and redeveloped in the future; while the Society itself receives hundreds of calls a year from allotment holders looking for advice on how best to safeguard their plots.

Donna McDaid, National Secretary for the National Allotment Society, explains, “Unfortunately in this day and age, it is too easy for landlords to dispose of allotment land without realising the huge benefits they provide to individuals, communities and the environment. And since the Localism Act has come into force there is now an even greater need to galvanise the interest and support of local communities, especially as planners see allotments as prime development land. So please join us for a ‘Party on the Plot’ and let’s show the nation how fantastic and indispensible allotments are.”

The allotment movement has been in existence for hundreds of years, and is the only ‘leisure activity’ with its own legislation. There are an estimated 330,000 allotment plots in the UK, the equivalent of 58 Hyde Parks.  This land is home to millions of species, works to removes tonnes of C02 from the atmosphere and ensures hundreds of thousands of individuals can grow their own food and benefit from the exercise allotment gardening offers.

To find your nearest Party on the Plot please see below…

NATIONAL ALLOTMENTS WEEK 2012: PARTY ON THE PLOT’

Below is a listings guide to events taking place across the country to mark National Allotments Week. The details have been supplied by the individual associations, so for further details please contact the sites directly.

NORTH

Harlow Hill Allotment Association Harrogate, Yorkshire, 4th August 2012, 11am – 3pm

At our Open Day we will be having a variety of stalls including ones for plants, produce, jams, cakes, gardening advice and advice on showing vegetables and flowers. We’ve organised a range of children’s activities to keep the little ones entertained including a sunflower competition. And finally we’ll be asking visitors to vote on the best plot. The Day is open to all. Contact: Angela Dicken dicken.angela@hotmail.co.uk 01423 505 748

 Lawson Road Allotments Lawson Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9TD 5th August 2012, 11am – 3pm

We have planned many activities for our Open Day including a Victorian tea shop selling homemade themed cakes, tea, coffee and juices, an allotment produce stall selling freshly harvested goods, an allotment shop selling discounted gardening products, a raffle, tombola, BBQ, Ask the Expert table, guides tours around the site, a children’s hunt the duck game, plus lots more. Cllr Graham Cain, Cabinet Member for Tourism will be opening our ‘Party on the Plot’. Contact: Andy Percival, lawsonallotment@yahoo.com

Innisfree West Allotment Site Behind Innisfree Social Club, Longbenton, North Tyneside 8th August 2012, 3pm – 7pm

Guide tour and Grow Your Own at Home demonstration, featuring the Good Life local food growing initiative. Free tea and coffee. Contact: Mike Brannigan 0191 643 7449 mike.brannigan@northtyneside.gov.uk

West Street Allotment Site Next to the Hadrian House Care Home (former dairy), North Tyneside 10th August, 12.30pm – 4.30pm

A guided tour of the site and demonstrations on how to become a greener gardener, supported by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust who’ll be on hand to offer advice and support. Contact: Mike Brannigan 0191 643 7449 mike.brannigan@northtyneside.gov.uk

Redhouse Main Site Alder Grove, Monkseaton, North Tyneside 11th August 2012, 3pm – 7pm

Guide tours of the site and community plot – a chance to see the new growing space for people with mobility issues. Free to enter. Contact: Mike Brannigan 0191 643 7449 mike.brannigan@northtyneside.gov.uk

Pilkington Horticultural Society Allotments on Alder Hey Road St Helens WA10 4DP 11th August 2012, 11am – 4pm

Come and join us for a day of fun; including a scarecrow competition, falconer with flying display, tombola and stalls, honey bee display, fresh fruit, flowers, vegetables, homemade cakes and produce will all be on sale, as well as BBQ and refreshments. Contact: Lorraine Webster pilksplots@hotmail.co.uk

Havannah Lane Allotment Association Off Winter Grove, Parr, St Helens, Merseyside 11th August 2012, 12 – 4pm

‘Havannah Lane Allotment Association would like to invite you and your family and friends to our open day. The day’s activities will include a raffle, various stalls, including a cake stall, tombola and refreshment stall as well as a bouncy castle for children. The Mayor of St Helen’s will officially open the site’s new community cabin and ‘Natsol’ composting toilet at 1pm.’ Contact: Helen Liptrot helenliptrot@yahoo.co.uk

Queens Park Allotments Queens Park Close, Blackburn, Lancashire 11th August 2012, 11am – 4pm

We are holding an open day as our Party on the Plot, complete with tombola, children’s games, and vegetable auction. Local BBC Radio presenter Steve Lowe will be recording his show from the event. A fun day out for the whole family. Free to attend. Contact: Paul Nicholson paulnicholson@bethere.co.uk 07899084931

Pegswood Allotment Association Station Cottages Allotment, Pegswood, Northumberland, NE61 6SJ 12th August 2012

We will be officially opening 16 new gardens that have recently been established with the help of the local Parish, Sir Robert McAlpine, Owen Pugh, Northumberland Water and Sanders Plant. Our new ‘one stop allotment shop and meeting place’ will also be open for business to the public. The site will be populated with a flower and bedding plant stall, vegetable produce table, poultry and fancy pigeon stall and cake stand. Visitors can also enter our raffle to win equipment donated by our local garden centre. Contact: Bertie Sexton awsexton@talktalk.net

Preston Village Allotment Site Monkswood Estate, Preston Village, North Shields, North Tyneside (next to the rugby club) 12th August 2012, 2.30pm – 5.30pm

A Guided tour and Grow Your Own at Home demonstration, free tea and coffee alongside drop scone and access to the onsite allotment garden museum. A re-run of our Jubilee Event which recreated a 1950s allotment. Contact: Mike Brannigan 0191 643 7449 mike.brannigan@northtyneside.gov.uk

Swinton Allotment Association (Destructor Site) Mossfield Road, Pendlebury, Swinton, Salford, Greater Manchester 12th August 2012, 12pm – 4pm

We will be holding a fundraising open day with BBQ, plant and veg sale, cake stall and raffle. All the profits will help us to improve the allotment site and amenities. Contact: Roger Wilcox rogerwilcox@live.co.uk

Blackfyne Allotment Association Blackhill, nr Consett, West Durham (adjacent to Consett Park car park) 12th August 2012

Our annual show is taking place on the 12th August and will consist of plot holders vegetables, flowers, jams and chutneys – all for judging and members of the public to buy. All proceeds will go to the local Willowburn Trust. Contact: Tony Barclay fishicist13@yahoo.co.uk

SOUTH & HOME COUNTIES

Ermine Street Allotment Association Buntingford, Hertforshire 9th August 2012

We are planning on holding an Open Evening and are keeping all fingers and toes crossed for sunny weather. Open to everyone, and BBQ thrown in. Contact: Jean Devenish jean.devenish@yahoo.co.uk

The Hawkinge Allotment Society Hawkinge, Kent 11th August 2012, 10am – 4pm

We are holding an open day – where we will be announcing the results of our ‘top ten’ competition; prizes will be awarded at 3.15pm by KCC Councillor Susan Carey. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. Contact: Sandy Beer sandy.beer@hotmail.co.uk 01303 891 173 / 01303 892 105

Langton Matravers Allotment Association Coles Ground (Off Durnford Drove), Langton Matraver, Nr. Swanage,
Dorset 12th August 2012, 3 – 5pm

LMAA will be holding its 4th annual ‘Open Event’. A marquee will be erected, tables and chairs set out and a scrumptious home-made tea and cakes will be served. Guided walks through the allotment plots are on offer, a children’s event has been organised including a scarecrow competition and bug hunt. Sales tables will be selling fresh allotment produce, fine ‘bric-a-brac’ and other products. With the sun shining and the backdrop of Swanage Bay and the distant Isle of Wight, it will be a gardener’s delight. Contact: Sue Spilling suesp@btinternet.com

Tile Kiln Lane Allotments Association Folkestone, Kent 12th August 2012, 11.45 onwards

BBQ and picnic Contact: Ann Spain tilekilnallotments@hotmail.co.uk

Street End Road Allotments Chatham, Kent 12th August 2012

We are holding a BBQ and open day to mark National Allotments Week. Contact: Alison Cook Alison-l-cook@hotmail.com

 Knockholt Village Allotment Association Knockholt, Kent 12th August 2012, 12pm – 4pm

We will be hosting an open day event, complete with a produce sale and teas on the plots. Open to everyone, free entry. Contact: Juliet Peters berrybower@hotmail.com or 07906 364343

Farm Terrace Allotments Occupation Road, Off Vicarage Road, Watford, Herts. 12th August 2012, 2pm

Our event will include many stalls, competitions, children’s activities, a tour of the site and a display as to why our plots shouldn’t be turned into building land! Please support our event and help to save our allotment site. Contact: Christian Brady, 01923 235 669, wwogas@hotmail.com

MIDLANDS

Groby Allotment Society Groby, Leicester 11th August 2012

Open day and Party on the Plot with special guest Ade, gardening expert from BBC Radio Leicester. BBQ, stalls, teas and cakes, tombola, sunflower and scarecrow competition.  Free entry. 11am – 4pm. Contact: Jane Marston 0116 232 1384

Woodgreen Allotments Barlow Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10 9QA 11th August 2012

BBQ and party Contact: woodgreenallotments@hotmail.co.uk

Groby Road Allotments Groby Road, Leicester 12th August 2012, 10am – 2pm

Entry: Free. Car parking opposite site and pedestrian access only from Groby Road. Activities: Kung Foo Panda, raffles, tombola, handmade cakes, face painting, pebble painting to make a mosaic, fresh produce and plant and gardening magazine sales, treasure hunt, BBQ, tea, coffees and cakes from the canteen, music, and walks around the site.  Contact:
Dave Hack 0116 2626534 Alf Faulkner 0116 2516672 / 07813 131117 Chris Bradley 07790 693822 davebiggles2@talktalk.net

Broad Lane Allotments Kings Heath, Birmingham 12th August 2012

For the first time ever our allotment site is holding and Open Day. Our event is running from 11am – 3pm and we have linked up with three other community groups who will also have their respective open days to coincide with our event. These include a local nature reserve, cemetery and nature pool. Visitors will be able to follow a walk taking in each venue as they do so. It is totally family orientated. Our specific event will include a BBQ, tombola, plant sale produce show and games – e.g. ‘guess the weight’. Contact Les Arundel 0121 441 4671 or l.arundel@btinternet.com

Westfield/Pereira Allotment Association  Harborne, Birmingham 12th August 2012, 1pm on wards

We are celebrating National Allotments Week by holding a Summer BBQ, cooked by one of our plot holders who is also a professional chef. Contact: Jenny Boucher, 0121 427 4200 or jenny@boucher2.force9.co.uk

Forest Folk Allotment Association Blidworth, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire 11th August 2012

Help us celebrate the opening of our new community room and demonstrate why we need to keep the developers off our site. We have been in existence since 1942, we’re an active and well used site and a credit to the community – so please show your support and join us for a fun filled open day. Contact: Donna Baines, 07813104203, baines8@msn.com

London Road Allotment Association London Road, Coventry 18th August 2012, 11am – 3pm

We are holding our annual open day with a jubilee theme, complete with games, craft demonstrations, produce sale as well as ploughman’s lunches, cream teas and other refreshments for sale. Site tours and garden access available throughout the day. Contact: Julian Humphreys Julian@lraa.co.uk www.lraa.co.uk

EAST

Chelmsford City Council – National Allotments Week Event Chelmsford City Centre, outside Barclays Bank,  Essex 9th August 2012, 9am – 5pm

We will have information available on renting an allotment, getting involved in a community allotment, growing your own food, composting, recycling and food safety. Free activities for children (badge making, seed planting) plus a competition to win a compost bin. Contact: Jackie Lane, NEAT Officer, 01245 606 377 jacqueline.LANE@chelmsford.gov.uk

Rippingale Row Gardens Allotments Rippingale, Nr Bourne, Lincolnshire 11th August 2012

Our Party on the Plot will include many activities from a treasure hunt and welly throwing through to a wet sponge competition and BBQ. We are also encouraging children to plant up and tend their own small plot. Competition prizes kindly donated by Tesco. Contact: Mr G Ashworth, ashworth_g@sky.com 01778 440662

Northfields Allotment Club  Cromer Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk 12th August 2012, 11am – 3pm

An open day complete with a vegetable stall selling fresh produce form the site as well as stalls selling teas, cakes, jams, crafts, books and CDs. Games will include a giant bug hunt, tin can alley, ten pin bowling and skittles. A BBQ and raffle will also be running throughout the day. All welcome. Contact: David Elvidge or Richard.stock3@btconnect.com

Nocton Park Allotments Nocton, Lincoln 8th September 2012, 2pm

We are holding a BBQ, produce and cake sale. The event is open to all. Contact: Lee Parnham, 01526 323 037

WEST & WALES

Pembridge Allotments Association Leominster, Herefordshire 11th August 2012

Open day to show local residents and prospective tenants what is possible on an allotment. A bring and share party. Contact: Kate Skelton 01544 388 758

Stones Close Allotments Windmill Road, Thame, Oxfordshire 12th August 2012, 2pm – 5pm

Afternoon tea and cake party Contact: Kate White gkatigger@aol.com

Coton Community Allotments Shrewsbury, Shropshire 12th August 2012 from 4pm

Open day with lots of games and activities for all the family. Bring a plate of food or bottle of drink to share. Contact: Clare Lowe clare.lowe@cotonallotments.co.uk

Winyates Green Allotment Association Furze Lane, Winyates Green, Redditch, B98 0LE 12th August 2012

Annual Open Day Contact: John Gardner jgardner3@sky.com