The NAS has been invited to participate in the Hampton Court Garden Festival, RHS Community Allotment section- a new category for this year. We have (provisionally) agreed to do so.
Our theme will be “The Recycled Allotment.” (or maybe “Bricolage”?) with allotment crops growing in and constructions made from discarded and recycled objects. The space supplied for the allotment plot is 3m by 3m, the RHS will provide the compost and raised bed. We will also be asking for another area, 3m by 3m where we can engage with the public and hand out leaflets etc.
We need to confirm our application by 18 January, to do so we need to know that members from London and the immediate Home Counties would be able to support this important venture. If you would be able to help in the following areas please get in touch as soon as possible.
- GROWERS - To grow plants of a sufficient standard to show at Hampton Court. They will need sowing now or very soon to be in a reasonably advanced state by late June so will need greenhouse or polytunnel protection. We anticipate being able to obtain some seeds from Kings.
- DRIVERS - We need someone able to drive a transit van to get the plants and accessories to the show, its likely most of the plants will get sold or given away at the end of the show so there will be less to transport away.
- BUILDERS - To help with the construction (probably over weekend of 29/30 June) and breakdown of the stall/garden on 8/9 June (will probably only take one day).
- TALKERS - Bring along your enthusiasm and allotment experience and help man the stand during the hours of the Show. There are seven days of the Show and each day we would need four to six volunteers to support regional representatives and NAS staff. Feel free to volunteer for more than one day but please remember that it is tiring work. The general gardening public are very interested in allotments and will be full of questions.
Please feel free to offer you services if you can. It will be a worthwhile experience if you have not done this sort of thing before. Travel expenses will be paid. Please let both Di Appleyard email@example.com AND Jeff Barber firstname.lastname@example.org know if you would like to help with one or more of the ways mentioned.