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The community project at Paddock Road allotment has been running since last summer. In the coming months we will be installing a large polytunnel at the back of the new community plot (number 26) with its raised beds. Two new covered potting areas will be created along with two community buildings, both with electricity and running water. We are installing benches, a fire pit, a pizza oven and a sensory garden by a view point. We’re also enlarging the community orchard and continuing other clearing and improvement works around the allotment. We will be promoting the allotment and community development projects on local noticeboards with monthly newsletters and in a regular page in the OVEG publication and in the Watford Observer.
A number of community groups have already been involved in this project, but many more still need to be engaged; the community work program came to an end in June 2016, but the DWP may well provide a resource from a new scheme, and it’s likely that we’ll be getting a regular supervised community payback group to support projects, and a HACRO group. We also have a number of other groups and individuals who have already started to support the project, Sacred Heart School are very interested in linking with us and are looking for a keen horticulturalist to help support their own small garden, and develop other links to Paddock Road. Local Patient Participation Groups have been contacted and this has provided us with a number of volunteers. We are also working with the Holywell allotment project and the Green Canteen and hope to develop closer links.
Sandy the Site Supervisor has become Chairman of the West Watford & Oxhey Garden & Allotment Society and we now need a secretary, treasurer and committee members, along with help to develop community plans and set up structures and regular events at Paddock Road. Any help is appreciated, including just sharing this message and engaging the community to try and get other people up to the allotment cultivating and helping to develop our lovely site.
We need to form a steering group, and hope we can have regular parent and toddler mornings; tea, cake, chat and horticulture sessions for the elderly; school events and links; horticultural learning sessions led by plot holders, I’d like to develop areas for children like willow houses, and run and develop other regular activity and learning sessions, like how to grow specific crops, composting and recycling, pest control, weed control, rural crafts, flower arranging, hedge laying, tree pruning, art classes, cookery, plants and tree identification, crop rotation, soil structure etc, etc. We plan to run regular group specific and other work sessions.
It would help if people would join the Facebook group for our allotment to help discuss these plans and record our actions.
We will run a best plot competition at Paddock Road and a best new plot holder both with £50 winning prizes to be spent at the WWOGAS trading shed. We will be running regular community events at the allotment like strimmer and clearance days where volunteers meet together for a couple of hours and work on a specific project, or tidy areas around our own plots. We also have a mobility scooter available for use from the trading shed during opening hours. I also plan to have an evening slug and snail picking event children welcome (accompanied by an adult), we can only work on plots where we have the plot holders permission and have checked on where to walk etc; but that could be fun, and we could always end up in the pub!
To start the ball rolling every Saturday 12.30pm till 3pm from July 23rd (until further notice) we’ll be running a community horticultural event at Paddock Road, meeting on the community plot. Also If plot holders need help with moving heavy objects, strimming areas or other jobs or if they’d like to have manure dropped off, I’m going to start an informal time banking scheme, where in exchange for help from the community group or community payback etc, we ask that you donate some time supporting the project, we’ll need people to support specific activity sessions, like covering vacant plots, as well as support watering and weeding in community areas, to discuss please contact me or leave your details at the trading shed and I’ll contact you. I welcome other ideas, I plan to arrange a couple of events soon.
This notice will be going out on social media and also to numerous local community groups. We have too many vacant plots on our beautiful site and we want this project to address and rectify this.
Sandy 07956 410670