12th February 2019
Hello FOTA’s (Friends of the Allotment)
Happy New Year to one and all!
Now that the site has been cleared, we’re moving on to the design phase of the project. I’ve been meeting with lots of people, agencies and groups to gather as many good ideas as possible before we begin to construct disabled access areas, a poly tunnel and raised beds, in a variety of sizes and shapes so that people of all abilities can join in with planting and growing.
We hope to create a lovely seating area so that folks could just come down to the plot and enjoy being outside, hopefully with a flask of tea and piece of cake (to share, please, Yum!)
We’ve now put down lots of leaf mulch and covered the plot with tarpaulins and sheets kindly donated by Hilltop Transport Ltd, West Bromwich and Karl Blick, our Senior Youth Worker. Lots of spring bulbs have been planted to give some early colour and cheer.
Our resident Inspector Robin came on site, as usual, to monitor progress. I hope he was impressed!
We have had some interest shown from members of groups and associates of the Dorothy Parkes Centre who might wish to be a part of the project. It would be great if you and your friends and family wanted to be involved in any way with the Community Allotment. You may wish to help design the actual space or just have one little raised bed to manage if you felt a big plot was too much. We are most willing to explore any and all ideas for use of the plot.
Please do get in touch if you would like to be part of the project in any way.
P.S Eating chocolate is still part of a good New Year’s Resolution, isn’t it!!?
17th December 2018
Well, it’s finally happened! The site clearance has begun. Paul Hawkins and the boys have begun the ‘Transformation’ phase of the project. They arrived on site with their 5 ton digger and set to work. They made short work of removing the existing gate. We are widening the gate and the hedge to allow for disability access. As they cleared various areas, we discovered a lovely old brick base used for a shed in days gone by. We’ll share this information with Smethwick Heritage Centre who are possibly planning to do a feature on allotments in their May edition.
As the digging began, Becky, from South Staffordshire Water came to the Dorothy Parkes Centre to present us with some water butts and watering cans. Thank you to Becky and the South Staffs team. Very much appreciated.
A cheeky little Robin came to inspect the work on site and said ‘thank you’ to us for digging up some worms for him! I hope he approves of the progress.
Please do get in touch if you would like to be part of the project in any way, especially in the planning stage. All ideas gratefully received.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, one and all.
Dig! Dig! Dig!
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Karen: [email protected]
10th December 2018
Hello FOTA’s! (Friends of the Allotment)
Karen here. Your friendly Community Allotment Project Leader.
So far, so good!
We’ve managed to make contact with several local schools who seem keen to become involved in the project. A few people here at the Dorothy Parkes Centre have also expressed an interest in helping, which is great!
Thanks to the lovely team at South Staffordshire Water we’ve had two large water butts and several watering cans donated.
(We need more of these! If anyone out there has any contacts who have any spare water butts, tools of any description, very large plant pots, seeds etc. please let me know. Clear out your shed and see what ‘goodies’ you can donate.)
We’re getting ready for the site to be cleared ready for development of the community areas.
Here’s where you come in! More than anything, we want to create an allotment project that people feel they can be part of. We want to include YOU and involve you in the planning of the project as well as the digging. We really want it to be a COMMUNITY project.
If you want to find out more or, be involved in any way, no experience necessary, we would love to hear from you.
Pre-Karen - Feb 2018 - Oct 2018
The idea of having a community allotment plot came about when a volunteer consultant for our Centre, Sanjaya, met with Mick from Bearwood Road Allotments to discuss the possibility of DPC taking on a plot. The plot available was in a state of disrepair so Sanjaya, along with our CEO, Rob and volunteer fundraiser, Derek, decided to make a funding application to the Postcode Local Trust, to transform the plot into an outdoor community classroom. A lot of work went on behind the scenes in formulating a vision for the plot, a budget and plan for sustainability. We were fortunate enough to secure the funding, recruit Karen and begin the project. As you can see from the pictures below, there was a lot of work ahead!!