Thank you to all members who have contributed to our Community Spruce initiative over the past year. Here’s what we’ve achieved together:
Tidied the site, removing two skip loads of rubbish.
Refurbished the toilets, including replacing the broken toilet seat in the ladies loo, painting the walls and doors and putting new lino down.
Clive’s kitchen has been cleaned and a new fridge, kettle and microwave installed for members’ use.
The communal polytunnel has been cleared and cleaned ready for growing plants for open day.
The bonfire area has been cleared and new compost bins made.
The grass has been cut throughout the year.
The hedging has been pruned and overgrown areas cut back.
The office has been cleared.
We’ve planted new wildflower verges and hedging around our perimeter and planted wildflower seeds in the wildlife garden. This work is part of our re-wilding initiative, which will increase the biodiversity on our site and help support our fellow plant and animal communities which are now seriously threatened by climate change and loss of habitat.
We have been helped by teams of corporate volunteers, a great new initiative set up by Linda, which brings donations to the site and gets work done quickly. The 19th Bromley Scout Group also helped plant new hedging and seed bombed the wildlife garden.
There will be more opportunities to join in Community Spruce activities in 2020 as we continue to work to make our allotment site a peaceful, wildlife haven and an important community asset.
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.
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.