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The Great British Garden Revival – The ‘Magical’ Glasshouses of St Anns Allotments

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!

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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.

November Update

If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you might have noticed that we have started loading our time capsule!

Here’s a a sneak peek of some of the things we’re putting in…

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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.

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Here’s a picture of the DISO team.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Oliver’s Heritage Display Garden Through the Seasons 2012

Here at St Anns Allotments we are very lucky to have such a wonderful volunteer team. Take a look at all the hard work put in to develop our Heritage Display Garden through the seasons in 2012.

Live in Nottingham and interested in being part of this?

Contact Mo: mo_heritage@staa-allotments.org.uk 

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.