Dorset Road Allotments host the BBC

The weather forecast on BBC Breakfast came from Dorset Road Allotments this morning.  Carol Kirkwood and her team did a live broadcast.


Carol also interviewed our Chair, Linda Phillips about the increase in demand for allotments (our waiting list has doubled).  She met some of our early bird allotmenteers.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, aka The Black Farmer, was interviewed as part of his campaign for landowners to create allotments for people to grow their own fruit and veg.  He once worked on his father’s allotment in Birmingham.

National Allotments Week

This week is National Allotments Week.  The theme for 2020 is Growing Food for Health and Well-being, a reflection of the benefits of growing, cooking and eating your own fruit and vegetables.

You can find out more about National Allotment Week here and view National Allotment Week videos on National Allotment Week videos.

Gardeners World have been featuring gardens and allotments over the last few months. If you are interested in submitting a video of your allotment visit the Gardeners World website here.

You can see pictures from our allotment site on instagram here and follow #nationalallotmentweek

New apiary is approved!

bee inspector approves new apiary

The Defra bee inspector, Stuart Westfield, visited the site on 1 May 2020 to inspect the new apiary.  After examining all the bees Stuart declared they are in good health. As a result the apiary is now officially registered with Defra.

Stuart also said he loved the new signs made by children on nearby plots.

Well done to Beekeeper Sharon who has worked hard (with her assistant Will) to set up the new apiary.   Their efforts have paid off and the bees have a good, healthy home.