Thursday 11 August 2011

New lottery grant for expansion of site

Great news - we have once again been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. This grant will be for £2430 and will cover all the costs of the new extension to the site at the western (far) end. This includes additional fencing, two more water troughs and an increased parking area. Five new half plots will be created and work is set to start in the next two weeks. All new plots are now spoken for but as a result our waiting list is looking very empty, so if interested please get in touch ASAP.

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Summer crops around the corner..

Great to see all the plants shooting up after the rain; we just need some warmer temperatures now!

The next EGAA meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd June at 8pm in the village hall. This meeting is regarding:

1. The produce show / stall to be held at the fete on Saturday 6th August.
2. The proposed extension of the site at the far end.
3. Any other general matters.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Spring is in the air...

Great to see the first warm days of spring and evidence of a lot of digging!

Friday 4 March 2011

Parish newsletter

The following piece was just written for the upcoming annual parish newsletter. Don't forget the next EGAA meeting on Monday 14th March - 8pm in the village hall - hope to see you there.

East Garston Allotment Association

We're fast approaching one of the most exciting times of year at the allotment site - the main sowing season. This time last year we were struggling to set the site up in time, battling the wettest spring on record and trying to remove huge infestations of dock and couch grass. We never expected to harvest much in our first year but in fact most of us had a bumper crop of a huge variety of fruit and vegetables. A year on and the project continues to go from strength to strength; there is a real sense of community at the site with everyone helping each other out and sharing knowledge, equipment and crops. In November last year we had a brief brush with fame when we were featured on ITV's "Meridian Tonight", as an example of how communities can work together to achieve common goals. This was followed in December by less positive news - our first (and hopefully last) break in at the site. Some damage was caused to the storage container and a shed but luckily nothing was taken. Following a very successful inaugural produce show at the village fete last September, raising over £300 for the Association and other village groups, we plan to repeat the event this year and hopefully make it even bigger. Once again this will be open to all so please get in touch if you would like to help out or get involved. Please also check out our blog for regular allotment updates -

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Break in at the site

It is with great regret that I have to announce that we had our first (and hopefully last!) break in at the allotment site last Saturday night. The padlock on the container was broken, a rotovator tampered with, the fencing cut and sheds broken into. However there does not seem to have been anything stolen and everything has now been repaired, so we have got off relatively lightly. Anyone with any information should please contact the police asap on 0845 8505505, quoting the Crime Reference Number FB3723583/10.