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…
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.
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.
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.