Spring has sprung, and we have a lot planned for the next couple of months. The allotments are going to be busy, busy, busy…
The Easter holidays are here and there are lots of fun outdoor activities planned at the Community Orchard – see below for details. If you want to keep up-to-date with what’s on at the St Anns Community Orchard, we now have a Facebook page!
Interested in a free willow workshop on Sunday? See details below! Please call to book asap as we won’t be open on Friday and Saturday.
Last month we had our first heritage walk of the season. If you would like to have a guided walk around the site, they take place on the last Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm until September. Booking is essential and we ask for a suggested donation of £2.
If you would like to get more involved at St Anns Allotments on a regular basis, we’re looking for Urban Nature volunteers! Every Friday 10-2, and one Saturday a month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join in.
We have a new membership scheme for St Anns Allotment gardeners! Membership costs £3 and for an additional £2.25 you’ll be able to join the National Allotment Society, something that would normally cost £23 as an individual member.
What can you expect for your membership? As well as reduced charges to courses and events organised by STAA, we’ll be introducing a number of discount schemes with local organisations starting off with a 10% discount at Brookfields Garden Centre. We’ll also be offering the benefits of collective purchasing on bulk items including seeds, compost and other products. Let us know what your needs are. We’re also exploring the introduction of a tool hire scheme and you can expect an announcement on this during the next few months. Membership of the National Allotment Society will enable you to access the full range of their discounts and special offers. We are planning to hold a welcome event to give new members a chance to collect their cards and ask questions. There will be more details in the next newsletter.
May will be the busiest month at the allotments as we have our Spring Blossom Day on Saturday 10th May and famous photographer Rankin will be coming the week after! We’ll let you know as soon as we have all the details, so watch this space…
Are you an allotment holder at St Anns Allotments? Would you like to learn how to prune your apple trees and graft yourself a new tree?
Come along to one of our free workshops!
After some basic theory you’ll get the chance to practise your pruning and grafting, supervised by Alice, our fruit-tree expert. Basic tools will be provided but please feel free to bring your own secateurs and gloves. There’ll be some indoor and outdoor activity so dress appropriately and remember your waterproofs! Bring along some grafting material or choose from a selection of heritage trees grown on the site.Booking is essential. For more details, please see the poster below…
Cast your vote to ‘win’ world famous photographer Rankin for Nottingham – the man behind portraits of the Queen, Kate Moss and Dove’s ‘Real Women’ campaign.
This is an exciting opportunity to bring Rankin to our allotments! If Nottingham wins, he’ll photograph plot holders, volunteers and local people at the allotments. The photographs will then be displayed at a special evening event at the allotments. But it won’t happen without votes!
As many votes as possible are needed to ‘win’ Rankin for Nottingham in a national competition called Connect10. The city is up against fierce competition from Bath, Brighton and Kent.
Voting opens on 14 January and closes on 28 January. You can cast your vote online at:
If you don’t have access to the internet or an email address you can register your vote by calling The Renewal Trust on 0115 911 2011.
To learn more about Rankin and see some of his photos, take a look at hiswebsite.
Let’s put St Anns Allotments on the map!
Have you been watching the Great British Garden Revival? We were on last night’s episode, which was dedicated to shrubs and glasshouses. Here’s a picture of Diarmuid Gavin in our Victorian glasshouse!
If you missed the show, take a look at this clip for a tour of Don’s (also known as Pipe Man) glasshouses and to watch Diarmuid Gavin helping volunteers John and Stephen make a cold frame for Oliver’s Heritage Display garden.
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Please note we are a small staff team and the office may be unattended
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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.
Here’s a a sneak peek of some of the things we’re putting in…
To find out more, take a look at our Facebook timeline photos. Each photo has a short explanation and we’ll be adding more soon.
The time capsule will be buried in the centre of our labyrinth which is being worked on by DISO volunteers.
Here’s a picture of the DISO team.
In other news: Last month we were sad to see Rob Zviko leave. We enjoyed a nice meal at Mister Pizza in West Bridgford to say goodbye. Here’s the whole STAA staff team below (with Rob in the middle) – you don’t often see us all in one place at the same time!
Finally, we’d like to share a colourful photo from the Heritage Display Garden to cheer up the winter blues. To see more photos, take a look at the Facebook album.
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.