There are celebrations throughout the country during this year’s National Allotment Week which takes part 14th-21st August. The theme is “Growing the Movement” to thank everyone who is helping to create, develop and safeguard future sites.
So many of our homes have vegetable patches which are looked after by residents and staff. Bramble Down recently contributed to the 45th Denbury Flower and Produce Show, entering flowers, vegetables, poems and a Dundee cake. They received a number of prizes for their entries including the “Brooking Trophy” for the “floral art exhibit that most pleased the judges”. So much fun was had in preparation and joining in the village show.
For one Coppelia House resident we have created his own allotment within our garden. He regularly supplies the kitchen with his fresh produce- potatoes and runner beans are the most popular choice. It often starts a conversation about memories of grandfathers sitting in the corner of the kitchen stringing the runner beans.
During National Allotment week our residents will take the opportunity to reminisce about experiences of allotments. Many people talk about the sense of community between allotment members, others remember the competition on who could grow the best produce, sharing tips on pest control and how to keep the birds away whether it be stringing CDs or scarecrows.