Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens celebrates as green space wins Green Flag Award

volunteers holding the green flag

Record-breaking year as more than 2,000 green spaces across the country get international quality mark

Parks and green spaces across the country will be raising their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep.

Among them will be Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens in London Borough of Bromley, which is raising a Green Flag Award for the 17th year.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens is one of more than 2,000 sites across the country to collect the award for 2020.

Chair of Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens, Linda Phillips MBE, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 17th  year.”

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining Dorset Road Allotments to such a high standard. This year the allotments became a safe haven for our community during the pandemic.”

“We also reached a major milestone in the way our site is governed as we have become a Co-operative, giving us an opportunity to make the site as good as it can be with the involvement of all members.”

“Our community garden is managed and maintained entirely by volunteers – both those who have allotment plots on site and members of the local community.  I would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment.”

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Commenting on Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens success, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, our parks and green spaces have been a lifeline and we know that millions of people have used them to relax, meet friends, exercise or simply escape for a short time.

Pruning brambles
Thining out plants in the wildlife garden pond.

“It is testament to the incredible dedication and hard work of parks staff and volunteers that, despite the challenges that went along with record numbers of visitors, Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens has achieved the highest international standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

Community Spruce – Autumn tidy – Sunday 11 October

We will be holding two socially-distanced, Community Spruce days on Sunday 11th October and Sunday 18th October.

There is a wide range of tasks across the site including:

  • weeding
  • litter picking
  • tidying the Secret Garden,
  • maintenance of the Wildlife Garden pond
  • clearing vegetation in the drainage ditch and river

People will be outdoors working in small groups of less than 6 people.

Please come along and help keep Dorset Road Allotments looking great for the autumn and winter.

 

Figs in the Secret Garden

The Secret Garden is planted with a mix of fruit and flowers.  The boundaries are made up of espaliered apple trees, passion flowers, thornless blackberries, willow and roses.

The ‘door arbour’ has grape vines from which hang bunches of sweet black grapes in early autumn.

Hops also twine their way up the edges of the door arbour having escaped from the pergola they were meant to cover until, one day, a fig tree will provide a shady spot to sit.

This year, for the first time since it was planted, the fig tree has produced a bountiful crop of figs.

One of our followers on Instagram suggested make fig jam.   Perhaps to sell to Members and friends through the site shop.

How to eat figs

As well as just eating them fresh from the tree, a simple way to enjoy figs is just to cut them into wedges and add to salads. The classic starter is to wrap them  in parma ham .  They’re are also delicious raw on a cheese board instead of grapes. They can be grilled or roasted which makes them even sweeter.  Here are a few ideas ideas for delicious deserts that can be made with figs: