Our Growing Academy is Back for 2020!

Yes, our Growing Academy is back for a new year with 16 classes covering everything from weeding, polytunnels, peas, parsnips and flowers.

Classes will start on January 11th 2020 at 10am. A full timetable is available here and more information about The Growing Academy can be found here.

Demand for places was very high last year and we expect this coming year to be no different. Please reserve your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Gardeners World visit postponed!

To everyone at Ashbourne Road Allotments

We are so sorry that we can't come to film with you for this series of Gardeners' World and appreciate that this was disappointing news to receive. We too were very excited to come and see and hear about all the amazing things that you are doing on your allotments and know that you have been working hard to get your plots 'TV ready'. The good news is that the producers want us to come in 2020... we will be in touch in the new year to confirm plans, so watch this space! 

Ready, Telly, Show

We are thrilled at the news that BBC Gardeners World will be with us filming on site on 5th & 6th September 2019. More details will be given nearer the time but between now and then let's get the place spick and span and a place for others who see our site to go green... with envy!

Our Growing Academy is now Closed

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Growing Academy and purchased plants from us in 2019. The Growing Academy is now closed for the year and will re-open in 2020. Please visit the Radio Derby Continuation Plot for ongoing growing information. The Community Polytunnel on plot 3 is now being used by the tenants of the starter plots. Please respect their growing space. HAPPY PLOTTING Elaine and Julia (The Potty Plotters)

Official Opening - May 19th 2pm - 5pm

Join us to celebrate the Official Opening of our Growing Academy and Starter Plots. BBC Radio Derby's Andy Twigge and G F Tomlinson's Kevin Dodds will be cutting the ribbons. There will be fantastic home-made cakes; refreshments; tours of our wonderful, nationally recognised allotment site; and great value, quality plants available for your allotment, garden or patio.

The Growing Academy

What is the Growing Academy? The aim of the Academy is to teach and support anyone wanting to learn about growing fruit, vegetables and traditional allotment flowers. We welcome beginners, as well as more experienced gardeners, in sharing the process from sowing seed right the way through to harvest.

The Potty Plotters Plant-Pot Ping-Pong Present

This can be a three part gift and a perfect way to recycle plastic plant pots, paper, string, bags… Part 1 – A Christmas Plant-Pot ‘Advent type’ Present   Part 2 – The Potty Plotters Plant- Pot Ping-Pong Game Part 3 - Re-use the plant pots again in the garden etc How to make What you need: 25 Plant pots – any size – all the same or all different odd ones An apple or potato crate or any box large enough to hold all the pots together in a small area A small pot of paint and a small brush, or 25 stick on labels numbered 1 – 25, or a marker pen 6 or more ping pong balls (can be differen

Darley Abbey Cider Man

Do you have fruit on your plot that is going to waste? Why not donate it to the Darley Abbey Cider Man who will pick it and give you 5% of what he has had off you as bottled cider! All apples, pears and soft fruit wanted If you would like Simon the Darley Abbey Cider Man to harvest from your plot please speak to Elaine Crick on Plot 35, or drop her a note in the Mundy Room letterbox or email her on elaine.crick@araa.org.uk. Harvesting begins in September IF SHE DOES NOT HEAR FROM YOU SHE WILL NOT PERMIT PICKING FROM YOUR PLOT