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Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung, and we have a lot planned for the next couple of months. The allotments are going to be busy, busy, busy…

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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!

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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.

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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 lucy.kennedy@staa-allotments.org.uk to join in.

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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.

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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…

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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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Reflections of St Anns – Our Film!

Our film is ready! If you’ve been to any of our events over the last month, you might have caught a viewing. If not, the film is available to watch on YouTube (see below). We would love to hear what you think, so any comments are welcome!

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the making of the film – we all had so much fun and hope you did too!

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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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 

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!