Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens in Beckenham, South East London has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world. Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens joins 407 other green spaces awarded recognition in London.
The community green space is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
Chair of Dorset Road Allotments and Leisure Gardens, Linda Phillips MBE, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the 16th 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.
“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. This year our aim is to make the site even more wildlife and bee friendly and have been working with the community on new features.”
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”
“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”
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.
Since the committee was elected in November we have been asking members what they would like to see at Dorset Road Allotments. A common request was for more working parties and community activities. As a result we have created the Dorset Road Allotment’s Community Spruce programme for 2019. This will give members an opportunity to come together to volunteer to help improve the site, to learn and to celebrate.
The first event is on Saturday 23rd February between 11am and 1pm. We will be planting new wildlife and forager-friendly hedging along the perimeter of the site continuing work that has been underway for some time now. Not only does native hedging provide a habitat for wildlife, it makes the site look better and importantly improves security.
As well as planting hedging there will be an opportunity to make wildflower seed bombs to try and bring diversity to the wildlife garden. The 19th Bromley Scout Group have already made seed bombs for us and some of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be on site to launch them into the wildlife garden.
We hope you can join us to help improve the site and meet some of your fellow allotmenteers.