We understand that many of you are eagerly awaiting an opportunity to cultivate your own allotment. However, due to the long waiting list of over 300 people, it may be some time before a space becomes available.
In the meantime, we would like to suggest some alternative activities that you may be interested in. Frome has a wonderful community of gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts, and we believe that these activities may provide you with a similar sense of satisfaction and enjoyment.
Connecting and supporting people who want to share the act of growing in gardens.
The “Gardening Together” online community is run by Frome based social enterprise ‘not for profit’, who was picked for this years Frome town council community grant. The idea is to help a mutually beneficial arrangement between frustrated gardeners and owners of wild gardens.
Frustrated gardeners are given the opportunity to grow their own plants and crops in exchange for light maintenance work, such as weeding or mowing, in the garden they are using. This agreement is made between the two parties and no money is expected to be exchanged apart from joining as a member to the site.
The objective of this arrangement is to bring life to unloved wild gardens while providing frustrated gardeners with a space to grow and tend to their plants. We hope this helps with making friends, saving money by growing your own food and help towards building a stronger more resilient community. The team will also be running workshops, podcasts and creating learning resources for members.
GREEN GYM – A GREEN & HEALTHY FUTURE, FROME
A fun opportunity to get out in nature, get fit, meet new people, take part in practical conservation, and grow local food with a new social enterprise, Frome Field 2 Fork.
Sundays 10am till 1pm in Frome. No experience is necessary, guidance is provided and all questions are welcomed! Work at your own pace in a relaxed environment and choose between activities suited to all levels of fitness. Typical activities include sowing seeds, planting, weeding or pruning, creating no-dig veg beds, digging up brambles, constructing new garden features, hedgerow harvesting and building bug hotels.
WALLED GARDEN MELLS – WELLBEING GROUPS
Gardening groups based at The Walled garden in Wells. Get in touch to book a place. Some parts of the garden are wheelchair accessible. No disabled accessible toilet at the moment.
Emotional Wellbeing Though Gardening: Mixed age active group, with younger adults. It’s aimed at people who may have been struggling with their mental health over the last year and are feeling isolated. Tea and cake is part of the session but people are welcome to work in their own space and at their own pace. Held on a Monday 10am -1.00pm
Grow with Us: Open to a mixed age group with light and gentle gardening and growing activities adaptive to physical challenges. The session has a strong socialising component to it with tea and cake. Held on a Friday 10am-12noon.
ROOT CONNECTIONS- STRATTON ON THE FOSSE
Root Connections is a community ‘not for profit’ market garden to improve mental & physical health & wellbeing. based at Stratton on the Fosse, BA3 4QF. We’re open on a Tues & Fri morning from 10am until 1pm, on a Friday we share lunch together. We make gardening accessible to everyone – from all walks of life. We have different areas within the garden to work on and enjoy. A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to get involved in the garden & join a group of like minded volunteers
WILD MEMORIES – FROME AND MELLS
Free to attend. Nature and wildlife activities in Frome, for people with dementia or memory loss. Learn about wildlife together. Activities include arts & crafts, wildlife gardening, nature walks and more. Open and inclusive to suit all abilities and interests. Please call ahead to book your space and check location. Carers and family members welcome too. Free to attend, transport available.
Mells, Walled Garden – Mondays 2pm – 4pm
Frome, Welshmill or in winter Frome Canoe Club – Tuesdays 11am – 1pm and Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm.
SHARED EARTH LEARNING: GROWING WELLBEING OUTDOORS – FROME
Adult Wellbeing Group that meets every Wednesday 10.30-14.30. Based in Frome at Vallis Veg (a farm near to Vallis Vale – nearest postcode BA11 3EJ).
Free. Activities include: Nature connection activities, nature inspired crafts, mindfulness, drinking tea, chatting, singing, campfire cooking, gardening and more…
SHARED EARTH LEARNING: VOLUNTEER SATURDAYS – FROME
‘Volunteer Saturdays’, at Vallis Veg every 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month from midday until 3pm. Volunteers are required to help and maintain the forest school site and allotments. Nearest postcode to the site is BA11 3EA.