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.
The main structure of the Secret Garden has now been completed! This is mainly down to the hard work and determination of our members Jane and Damien. They have given up many of their weekends this year to design and build our new accessible Secret Garden as well as oversee the work of their friends and family (thank you Annette, Sophie and Alice) as well our plotholders who have provided some additional help on volunteer days and our site manager Paul. You can read more about the history of the garden here and here.
Magical Secret Garden
The garden will mature over the coming months and years as the climbers grow to enclose the space and make it more magical. At the moment I particularly enjoy the beautiful shadows that are cast in the garden by the willow tunnel, coppiced hazel fences and climbers outside the door arbour. I’ve even enjoyed sitting and passing the time of day with fellow plotholders.
We will need help maintaining the garden over the years to come. As with all work done on site, it is our plotholders and members who make Dorset Road Allotments such a safe, attractive and enjoyable allotment site. Help that will be needed include:
watering the pot plants
weeding flower beds
cutting the grass.
We will also need more plants to fill out the large flower border. If you are splitting perenniels, sowing annuals or have some spare shrubs please consider donating some plants to the garden.
If you can spare some time to help in the garden or want to donate some plants please speak to a committee member.
Tesco Bags of Help
And finally, we wouldn’t have been able to build our wonderful Secret Garden if it wasn’t for the help of our local community who voted for us in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Thank you to everybody who voted. I hope you have already visited the garden on our Open Day. We will also be having a launch party on Sunday 27th August. We are also open every Sunday between 10am-1pm for the local community to visit.