CORNWALL IN BLOOM WINNERS 2012
You will notice that the first plot has two raised beds and these belong to a lady who is a wheelchair user but wants to continue gardening. We do our best to accommodate tenants with disabilities as near to the entrance gate as possible as the furthest plots are 155m away. Our site is just under 3 acres.
The 'greeting' slice of wood at the entrance is very popular with our children as many fairies live just under in the natural cave thanks to a curve in the wood. Our boat named Hilda is planted every season with colourful flowers and is a much admired feature.
Being within a wooded area we have had erected a deer and rabbit proof fence surrounding the ¾ mile perimeter. There are two communal sheds 20’ x 10’ and 16’ x 10’ with combination locks in-situ, we have arranged for individual lockers to be available. Off the two sheds we have installed 1800 L water tanks for the ‘run off’, whilst we do have two taps for water supply we aim to only be using water from these tanks in the future.
The area between the BBQ area and the bottom gate will remain uncultivated and be used as a ‘housekeeping’ area for delivery of manure etc. The main access path is 10’ wide for tractor/vehicle access and all other paths are 4’ wide and will remain natural grass.
The site faces south west and the trees shield us from the cold north and east winds in the winter.The soil is good with no major pests, disease or viruses being well drained and not'sour'. We are occasionally visited by moles, voles, pheasants, buzzards and rabbits but if the gates are shut religiously on entry/exit rabbits can be excluded (well almost!).Robins always keep us company when we are digging.
Most plots are full size (50’ x 23’ to include a 2’ side path) but we have a number of ¾ and ½ sized plots available for those with limited time or ability. The present cost includes insurance, NSALG membership and water and is £38 per annum for full size and pro rata for other sizes.
On the site there are allotment holders of varying experience and ability; encouraging an atmosphere of learning and enjoyment. We are happy to give advice to new gardeners in a friendly manner. We have, in the main shed placed helpful information and are compiling a mini library – any contributions to our stock of books/magazines most welcome. The committee members are usually available and happy to help at any time.We have an active social calendar and organize trips out to other gardens/allotments and welcome many groups to visit us - usually ending up with cider (juice for those driving or under age)and pasties in the 'shed'.