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.
Thank you for the members who helped out at our first community spruce event – hedge planting and seed bombing the wildlife garden. Members made seed bombs that will help improve the diversity of wildflowers in the wildlife garden providing more forage for bees and insects and enhancing the biodiversity of the area.
The trees members planted will, in a few short years, provide a habitat and food for wildlife as well as foraging for plot holders. The new hedge is made of 50% buckthorn (sloe berries) as well as wild native fruit trees including crab apple, plum, cherry, pear and juneberry. It also includes various native roses such as dog rose, sweet briar rose and Rosa rugosa.
We would also like to say a huge thank you to the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 19th Bromley Scout Group who came along to help. They had a tour of the allotments, learnt about what we grow on site and planted the first trees in the new hedge. They also had fun throwing the seed bombs they’d brought with them into the wildlife garden.
Finally, thank you to the committee members who made lunch for the young people.
Our next Community Spruce event is Seedy Sunday on 24th March between 1-3pm. There will be a community seed swap, seed sowing demonstrations and advice as well as activity for children.