Category Archives: Events

What’s On – Summer 2013

We’ve settled in to the new Visitor Centre nicely, and have already had a lot of  visitors. If you haven’t been yet, take a look at our tours and events below!

We are especially excited about the Heritage Open Day in September, where you can enjoy a  Victorian themed tea party.

Please note: tours are £2 per person.

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Saturday 10th August 11 – 3pm, tour at noon

Wednesday 14th August 12 – 3pm, tour at 1:30pm

Wednesday 11th September 12 – 3pm, tour at 1:30pm

Saturday 14th September Heritage Open Day - 

Victorian Tea Party 11 – 3pm, tour at noon

Sunday 22nd September Harvest Celebration - times to be confirmed

Wednesday 9th October 12 – 3pm, tour at 1:30pm

We hope to see you soon!

We also have lots going on at the Community Orchard over the summer for local families.

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What’s New at St Anns Allotments Visitor Centre

We’ve been very busy bees at STAA recently. Some of it has been because of boring things such as rents and organising new tenancy agreements. But we’ve also had a lot of exciting things going on. Here are just a few of the things that we’ve been up to…

At the beginning of May we (finally!) moved to our brand spanking new Visitor Centre. We arrived just in time to see the finishing touches being put up in the visitor area – what a colourful wall!

Working from the new Visitor Centre is great for the office based STAA workers who can now spend their lunchtimes walking around the beautiful site. The office is only a few minutes away from views like this…

It’s also a comfortable base for the people that usually work on site to use when the weather isn’t so pleasant.

Many tenants have already popped by to say hello and have a little snoop around. Now that we are on site, it’s going to be much easier for tenants to keep in touch.

Dominic Heale and Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie joined us for an official opening, with a ribbon cutting moment and everything! (Click here for an article and video).

The committee will also be organising a small event for tenants to celebrate the opening of the centre, so watch this space.

As well as moving and celebrating, we’ve also been busy getting ready for our summer events and tours. Oliver’s Heritage Display Garden has never looked so good! We’re so lucky to have such a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers who have put in so much time and effort. Thanks guys!

And of course, all of this wouldn’t be possible without Kate, who sadly left last week. We said goodbye to her in true English fashion with tea, cake and pouring rain! Luckily we were all sheltered in the Victorian glasshouse so didn’t get too wet.

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Goodbye Kate! Thanks for all of your hard work!

Talking of tea and cake. Everyone at STAA is very excited about our upcoming event – the Victorian Tea Party! We’ve had lots of fun planning and researching. Here’s a little taster of what you can expect…

So if you’re in Nottingham next Saturday and fancy a treat, why not come along! Click on the picture below for more information.

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For more photos and regular updates, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Lots going on this weekend…

We have lots going on this weekend at the allotments, as we are taking part in The Big DigThe Big Dig is all about getting people down to their local community garden to get growing. Whether you are new to gardening or an experienced gardener we need your help!

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We also have our usual activity day at the Community Orchard on Sunday. So whether you want to get involved in a bit of gardening, or just want to relax in the Community Orchard, there is something for everyone!

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Events and Tours at the Allotments in the Spring and Summer

Our new Visitor Centre on Ransom Road will open in the spring and we finally have some dates and opening times for you…

We’re especially excited about our Victorian Tea Party in June!

Tea1Saturday 11th May 11 – 3pm, with a tour at noon

Wednesday 15th May 12 – 3pm, with a tour at 1:30pm

Saturday 8th June ’Victorian Tea Party’ 11 – 3pm, with a tour at noon

Wednesday 12th June 12 – 8pm, with a tour at 1:30pm and 6pm

Wednesday 10th July 12 – 8pm, with a tour at 1:30pm and 6pm

Saturday 13th July 11 – 3pm, with a tour at noon

We hope to see you soon!

Tree Planting on Saturday 17th November

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Last weekend 170 trees were planted by a team of 8 volunteers in our wildlife area. We’ll be using part of it as a hazel coppice.

Tree planting is loads of fun, and we’ll be about this Saturday 17th November from 10am – 2pm if you’d like to join us! Everyone is welcome.

We’ll provide hot drinks, but please bring lunch. Take care to wear solid footwear, warm clothes and gloves if you have them.

We’ll be meeting at the Ransom Road entrance at 10am.

For more information, call the office on 0115 911 0207

We look forward to seeing you there!

Heritage Open Day at St Anns Allotments

It’s been over a month since our wonderful Heritage Open Day at the allotments and we thought it about time we shared a few photos and let you know what we got up to. Unfortunately, the STAA team and our brilliant volunteers were so busy on the day that we haven’t actually got that many pictures. So feel free to get in touch if you took any good ones!

The morning started off with a promisingly blue sky and a crowd of people eager for the first tour of the day, led by Frances. The Gardens Past and Present Tour led us through the history of the site and stopped off at Charlie’s plot (which is always fun!), the Perry Orchard and finally Oliver’s Plot. Other tours of the day showed the renovations of the Western Bank and conservation and wildlife areas.

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 This was the first time that Oliver’s Plot had been shown to the public, and we got some very positive feedback from visitors. It’s the perfect place to relax and escape the noise of the city. Many people enjoyed wandering around and admiring all the hard work our volunteers have put in. There’s also a fantastic view over Nottingham.

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Lots of fun things were going on in the Community Orchard! Children particularly loved pond dipping in the Urban Nature wildlife area.

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It was hard to escape the International Gardener, who wandered around with a group of kids, singing compliments to passers by!

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 The day was full of lively fun, however some people also like to find a peaceful spot to settle down for an hour or two. Hidden away over the bridge and in a sunny patch of grass, a family spent their day enjoying a picnic!

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 We all had a great time and hope you did too! For more photos, please see our Facebook page.