Dorset Road Allotments is maintained by our Members who volunteer to help out. This Spring we will be holding a series of community spruce days for Members to help maintain the site. These days will comply with the Covid regulations.
Sunday 7th March, 11.00am – 1.00pm
The wildlife garden needs clearing of brambles in some areas, strimming the long grass and cutting back and planting new hedgerows. We’ll also be replacing the plastic covering the site nursery polytunnel.
Sunday 28th March, 11.00am – 1.00pm
We’ll be continuing work in the wildlife garden including looking at the decking platform, planting new trees in the orchard and setting up the site nursery, with some seed sowing and clearing of site rubbish.
Sunday 11th April, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Seed sowing of tender crops for Plant Sales Day, pricking out and potting on, and repair of fences around the site
Sunday 23rd May, 11.00am
Plant Sales Day, when we’ll be selling mainly vegetable plants for members’ and friends plots and gardens, including squashes, courgettes, sweetcorn, tomatoes, beans etc.
If you cannot make one of the Community Spruce dates please check the Jobs Board for site work that needs doing.
The summer is officially over and it’s time to start tidying up and planning for next year.
On Sunday 13 October between 11-3pm there will be a Community Spruce day to help tidy the site and get ready for bonfire night. You can come for all or part of the session. There will be a range of jobs to do. Lunch will be provided along with plenty of tea and cake.
We will also be providing advice on composting and what can be grown in the colder months.
Hope to see you there. If you can’t help out on the day but are available on other days don’t forget to check out the board next to the Clubhouse for site jobs or speak to a committee member.
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.”