Following a suggestion at the AGM, we now have a whiteboard outside the Clubhouse listing the jobs around the site that need doing.
We have had a fantastic response from Members and their friends who have been doing a wide range of tasks, including:
tidying the compost area
mowing the grass
tidying and weeding the secret garden.
strimming and covering plots ready for new tenants
fixing leaky pipes
serving food at events
showing visitors around the site
sowing wildflower plants.
The committee would like to say a HUGE thank you to everybody who has helped maintain our allotment site. As well as being somewhere for us to grow fruit and vegetables it is a fantastic community garden.
If you haven’t had a chance to help out yet, there are always a wide range of jobs available – from helping to open the shop on a rota, cutting grass through to admin tasks – just speak to a committee member or put your name down on the board.
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.