On Sunday 14 March our members cleaned, tidied and decorated the communal facilities as part of our Community Spruce programme.
The external walls of the toilets were painted (the doors still need to be finished).
The internal walls and ceilings the both toilets were scraped, primed and painted (the floors still need to be painted).
The Clubhouse kitchen cupboards were emptied and the contents sorted. A professional cleaning company will be along shortly to give the Clubhouse a deep clean ready for upcoming events including our AGM and Open Day.
The communal poly tunnel and greenhouse were cleared and tidied. Unfortunately a lot of potted plants had to be disposed of because they were infested with vine weevil.
A skip was available for site and members’ use as some plotholders had inherited a lot of rubbish and rubble when taking on their plots.
There was also a litter pick of the site and surroundings.
Thank you to everybody who helped out on the day and to those who have been helping with the site improvements at other times.
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.