Our Annual Open Day is our favourite event of the year. It’s when we throw open our doors and welcome the community in for the day.
The Clubhouse Cafe will be open as usual serving home made cakes and refreshments. There will also be a barbecue. The shop will be open selling gardening equipment and there will be plenty of plants for sale. Local children enjoy the various activities and entertainments including a bouncy castle, hook-a-duck and a magic show.
It is also a chance to tour the allotments gaining inspiration and marveling at the variety of ways to grow fruit, flowers and vegetables. You can also see how the Secret Garden is maturing and go pond dipping in the Wildlife Garden.
This year the Beckenham Choir will be performing and we will have various stalls and demonstrations, including soap making.
Please come along and share our Green Flag Community Garden for the day!
As part of the Community Spruce programme we are hosting a Great British Spring Clean to help tidy up our allotments, and the areas near our entrances.
As well as a general tidy up and litter pick, we will be giving the clubhouse, toilets and office a good clean and a lick of paint. We will be pricking-out and potting-on of plants for the Open Day on 19th May. Our resident horticultural expert will be giving demonstrations for those new to growing from seed.
Children can help too – many of the seedlings ready to be pricked-out were sown by children at our March Community Spruce event.
Members will be able to dispose of non-recyclable waste in a skip that will be available on the day.
When we were consulting on what people wanted to see at Dorset Road Allotments, members frequently asked for opportunities to come together as a community to do something to benefit the site as well as get to know each other. Our first community day was in February when we planted new hedging and seed bombed the wildlife garden. Seedy Sunday on 24th March is our second community day.
Come along to the Clubhouse to swap any spare seeds or plants with your fellow plotholders, help sow seeds to sell at the open day and learn from experts. You can also have a cup of tea or coffee with your fellow allotmenteers.
The shop will also be open so that you can stock up on any gardening equipment or buy some seeds at a discounted price.