We both love being part of the community at ARDAA. Our allotment gives us a place of tranquillity and peace from a hectic life. We love doing things together and so this is ideal. It also fits for us because we live on a plant based diet and we live literally round the corner on Cowley Street. Most of all we love the sense of community.
I have an allotment because it means having my own outdoor space to play in! My favourite memories so far of this plot are: replacing the shed roof with my friend Heather in glorious sunshine; picking my first successful crop onions and garlic; working alongside my neighbours who are so kind and generous; and lastly the feeling I get when I see things I've grown from seed bear fruit. I love using natural materials where I can and am inspired by Alys Fowler and Ray Mears! I'd really like to get a greenhouse for next year and plant a hazel tree (or two!) to coppice in the years to come.
So we got allotment because me and my husband are dreaming one day to have countryside life, where we can have our own big garden through working hard. So our allotment is, for us, an escape from town. Personally, I grew up in the countryside and this allotment site is friendly and has a helpful community -it just reminds me of home. We want our kids to be involved and understand that it is hard work but we want to create something nice. We are so happy and thankful that we got one!
It was David’s idea for us to have an allotment after helping at the Markeaton Open day. We now have more time to try something new after several years caravanning. This is our next ‘faze’. Everyone has been so supportive and welcoming and giving of their expertise and excess produce! The amazement of actually picking something you have planted as a tiny seed is so rewarding. We love being in the fresh air, even if it is raining!
I have had the allotment for approximately 18 years. Me and my husband David took it on following a visit to the Annual Show one year. Unfortunately, my husband died 5 ½ years ago but I decided to keep the plot on. There is a lot of David here as he made the raised beds and shed out of scrap materials. I am trying to continue this when things need replacing. The allotment is a place where I feel happy and close to David. It is so peaceful when you come here and I get great satisfaction growing my own vegetables and fruit. I hope to keep my allotment for many years to come. Oh!
Was helping a friend out on his allotment and got bitten by the bug………..
Dave: “Having retired from the RAF, I needed something to fill my time and something to rebuild my recovery from a serious illness.
“It's a suburban sanctuary from the day to day rat race. A friendly plot of land to retreat to on sunny (and damp) evenings. An opportunity to grow (and eat!) vegetables you can't buy from your local shop; from crookneck squash to asparagus kale. As well as the children get a chance to muck about in mud and subtlety learn the fork to plate ethos, whilst meeting new friends along the way”.
So where to start? For as long as I could remember Dad always had an allotment. He had to - with 7 kids, he had to feed us somehow! So, whilst Dad grew for the family, mum hoed as the kids dragged watering cans up and down the garden path to the allotments at the back of the garden. Those were the days - when the summer was always hot and the sun shone every day (it seemed). The lifelong lessons stayed embedded and about 7 years ago, one of my sisters took on a plot in Derby city, though as her work grew, she asked me to help her on her plot and I did.
The reason I decided to have an allotment was years ago as I sat in the endless queues of traffic as I made my way to teach the Derby folk at Wilmorton College.