Our allotment project is finally up and underway but unfortunately we are still not able to invite patients and their carers to help but we will be advertising as soon as we are able.
In summer 2019 Teresa Cuff was asked if the Friends would be interested in taking on responsibility for half an allotment situated at the top of Rylands Lane. The intention was to provide patients from the practice, and their carer’s opportunities to contribute to caring for the allotment (plot 42A), sharing produce or somewhere for patients to sit and enjoy the views. The Friends supported this initiative and planned to start work cultivating the ground in early 2020 although were originally thwarted by the very wet weather during the early months of 2020 and then the Corona Virus.
However, despite (or because) of the current restrictions Teresa and her husband recently began to prepare the ground and began the planting. Currently this includes potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, broad beans and courgettes. Additionally Rosemary donated raspberry, gooseberry, redcurrant and blackcurrant bushes, tomatoes and a fennel which have also been planted. We have a shed to store the tools, plant pots etc and Sue and Tina have been up to help with Sue on hoeing duty and Tina watering the plants
At the moment, because of the restrictions and the need to observe social distancing, the allotment is not yet open to patients and their carers. However, we hope to be able to welcome patients to join us to help with the cultivation of the ground or just sit and enjoy the view and listen to the birds as soon as this is allowed. Some patients have already expressed an interest in joining us and we will let them know when that will be possible and at that point we can ask the practice patients to let us know if they would like their name adding to the list.
Below is a photo diary of events.