‘A few of us wanted to get into gardening. Thankfully, we found a plot of disused land and approached the council. We had lots of volunteers help transform the land into the 63 plot allotment we currently have. It’s evolved from a piece of wasteland, to what we have today.’
As the site continues to develop, Jane and her Community Allotment group are constantly working to make the site more accessible to people with all sorts of additional needs, including arranging “gardening on prescription” partnerships with local GP’s.
The Big Lunch
When Jane first came across the Big Lunch, she immediately saw the benefits of holding one in their allotment. She said ‘The Big Lunch fitted in so perfectly with what we were trying to achieve – it’s quickly become the highlight of our year!’
They have started to use The Big Lunch to fundraise for their Allotment, with the money raised directly reinvested into their community engagement projects. For Jane, sharing food at her community events is key. She said ‘it helps break the ice – we love all love a cuppa and slice of cake. Each allomenteer is known for their speciality, we have people from lots of different cultural backgrounds, so the food is varied and beautiful.’
Jane said, ‘It's our biggest event in the social calendar. It’s a great opportunity to show off the allotments to our families, friends, and community. It’s a fantastic to stop, chat and just enjoy the allotment.’