The RSPB are holding their Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend. If you could spend an hour on your plots or garden at home during the weekend and count the birds you see, the RSPB would love to hear what species you have seen. For further details please take a look at their website.
If you are an allotment holder at St Anns Allotments, please also let us know what birds you’ve spotted on your plots and we’ll enter it into our wildlife database!
Always meant to make your own cards, but never got round to it? Want to save money, and resources this year? Want an escape from Christmas shopping? Why not come and have a go at making seasonal cards at St Anns Allotments Visitor Centre? Suitable for children and adults.
If you want to get outdoors and enjoy some festive fun at the Community Orchard, come along to our Winter Celebration!
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about presents. The Perpetual Gardening Calendar from St Anns Allotments is a perfect gift for the gardener who has everything! Now available at Five Leaves Bookshop in town (14a Long Row, next to The Works), as well as at the Visitor Centre.
We had lots of fun at the Victorian Tea Party last weekend. We even had our picture in the Nottingham Post - take a look at our costumes! But the fun’s not over! We’re now looking forward to our next event this Sunday, where we’ll be celebrating the harvest. See below for more details…
Want to bring some of your own produce to show off? Why not enter one of our competitions?
Phew! What a summer! We’ve had lots of visitors at the new centre and on tours around the site. Everyone seems to have really enjoyed walking around our allotments and we’ve had lots of very positive feedback.
Over the summer, signs (paid for by Heritage Lottery Funds) have been popping up all over the site, thanks to Nick from Something Visual. The signs have already been useful for new tenants and visitors. What do you think?
The weather is now much cooler, but think back to the sweltering heat of July – that’s when we decided to start shooting our film! Over two or three very hot days we filmed at Oliver’s Heritage Display Garden and near the visitor centre. We even have some aerial shots of the site. All actors and film crew were provided with plenty of cool drinks and everyone had a lot of fun! We’ve only seen a sneaky peak of the film, and can’t wait to see it all when it’s finished.
As you can see, we’ve had a summer packed with new and exciting projects, but it doesn’t stop there! We are delighted that St Anns Allotments has been chosen by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for the latest walk in its “Discovering Britain” series. The free self-guided walk tells the story of the development of this unique site. To take a look at the route and download the free audio or written walking guide, click here. If you’re an allotment holder on site, you may recognise some familiar voices on the audio guide, so listen carefully! Please note that we have the walking guide in booklet form at the visitor centre, which will be available to buy or rent. We hope to have mp3 players soon, so watch this space.
Summer has been great and we have lots more planned in September too. We hope to see you all at the Victorian Tea Party on Saturday 14th September (don’t forget to dress up) and at our Harvest Celebration on Sunday 22nd September. If you’re an allotment holder at St Anns Allotments and fancy showing your plot off, why not enter one of the competitions below – it’s free! Please contact the office on 0115 9589255 for more details.