Good Neighbours at Allotments

Posted on 3rd January, by allotments in News. 2 Comments

The diggers arrive at Welshmill

The diggers arrive at Welshmill

Allotment holders have been watching the progress of the new building at Welshmill with plenty of interest. Rossetti House is now nearing completion and Gracewell HealthCare and Frome Allotment Association are forming a new community partnership.

Rossetti House Manager, Mark Barnes presented a cheque for £1000 to the Allotment Association.

Rossetti House Manager, Mark Barnes presented a cheque for £1000 to the Allotment Association.

“It started with a casual conversation with the builders and grew from there,” said Frome Allotment Association Vice- Chair, Mike Darville. “Care Home residents will be able to visit the allotments and enjoy a relaxing hour on our beautiful site. They will be also able to garden if they wish at one of the new raised beds. Gracewell Healthcare has helped with landscaping and resurfacing to allow better access for those with disabilities and contributed £1000 to our funds, which we will use to buy a bench and develop the community area. This community partnership is good for everyone.”

View of Welshmill Allotments from the new Rossetti House

View of Welshmill Allotments from the new Rossetti House

Headteachers Naomi Pauley and Richard Trigg from Vallis and St. Louis schools, attended the cheque presentation with pupil representatives. Both of the schools have plots at the site and are also involved with projects at Rossetti House.

2 responses to “Good Neighbours at Allotments”

  1. As many people will know, I’ve been part of the struggle to find new allotment land, and am delighted this has been achieved. I’ve also heard a couple of times this Christmas about figures for new people taking on allotments and then dropping out after a period of struggle….. I’ve had a garden for 50 yrs, and I really struggled last year. BUT, I have also been involved in working with Comic Relief on establishing their response to climate change in Africa, and I think there are a number of things people are doing here in Frome that are, in effect, “Adaptation to Climate Change”. Different varieties, adjusted planting or sowing times; using more (or less) cover….. I’m interested in whether there is a group of growers who’d like to meet one winter afternoon/evening to chat this through? What has anyone been doing differently? How can we test this further and share that wisdom – before new growers pack up and go back to Iceland? Peter

  2. allotments says:

    Here at Frome Allotments we want our plot holders to be successful which is why we’ve developed some courses on growing on an allotment with our friends from Frome Community Education. This will take place at the new Muriel Jones site at Birchill Lane – details will be available shortly.

    We’re also looking at starting up a mentor scheme for new plot holders – there seems to be a demand for this from people on our waiting list.

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