At the moment we are extremely lucky to be able to continue to visit our allotment plots for exercise. Please follow the guidelines already issued and in addition:
Whilst we have always taken pride in describing ourselves as a friendly community allotment site, please be mindful that at the moment some people may be self isolating on their plots. A cheery hello, a wave and a conversation from a distance may be very welcome but please observe a safe distance for everybody’s safety during these difficult times.
Also please either use gloves or ensure hands are clean when opening and closing the gate.
Let’s keep our community safe and well.
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic we have decided to stop teaching in the polytunnel immediately.
So our students don’t miss out we are recording and posting the classes on YouTube.
We will continue to follow the lesson timetable.
We want you all to stay safe and thank you for your understanding.
Julia and Elaine
The Potty Plotters
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!
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.
Elaine and Julia (The Potty Plotters)
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. We will also advise and guide on all things allotment and growing related, as well as providing guest speakers and classes for local community groups.
How will it benefit our allotment site?
Where to start? What to say?
As Ashbourne Road and District Allotment Association (ARDAA) again embark on a new and exciting project, we shout
Welcome aboard to our friends and allies from G F Tomlinson and pupils from Horizons 6th Form with Sally Power from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)!
All allotment associations must not only look at the needs of allotmenteers today but those of the future. We need younger generations to take up allotmenteering and have young people learn skills that are essential to the sustainability of the site. As peoples’ lives change, we need to be able to offer them allotment gardens that are manageable within the time they have available.
This can be a three part gift and a perfect way to recycle plastic plant pots, paper, string, bags…
Do you have fruit on your plot that is going to waste?