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 email@example.com 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…
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’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.
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.
We have lots going on this weekend at the allotments, as we are taking part in The Big Dig. The 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!
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!