Proud to Be A KEY PArt of Wellesbourne LIFE
The first record of allotments on our Kineton Road site was in 1838, making these one of the oldest allotments in the UK. The allotment community is based on land privately rented from the Diocese of Coventry and has been in uninterrupted use for 176 years. The site is 7 acre (just over 2.8 hectares) and we have 97 plots rented to holders and their families of all ages, maintaining a self-supporting community.
Under our constitution the Management Committee transact any business and deal with any matters connected with the Association. The Committee consist of four officers: Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Lettings Secretary and in addition up to nine further Members. Our constitution is available here and minutes from recent AGMs are available by following these links: 2017, 2018, EGM 2019, and 2019.
We also have a very long history of supporting the wider village and surrounding areas, we have also hosted BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time in 2015 and featured on BBC Two's "Big Dreams, Small Spaces" in 2017. The Association has held several charitable open days, raising thousands for nominated charities under the National Garden Scheme.
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In the Community
School Gardening Club
Wellesbourne Allotment Association is integral to running the small but thriving gardening club allotment at Wellesbourne CE Primary School. Gardening club takes place for an hour after school on Wednesdays (although this is not set in stone). We try to have 2 adult gardeners and a teacher with 12-15 children from year 1 and 2.
Teacher Heather Newman says: “ I’m the teacher as my classroom adjoins the garden (this is why we need the help of REAL gardeners like Mr Oram from Wellesbourne Allotment Association as I’m not green fingered at all!) The children absolutely LOVE to garden and for some it is their only experience of where their food really comes from. ”
We are always delighted to have our stall at the street Fayre. Our tombola has proved incredibly popular over the years and many people come back every year to buy our plants – fruit, veg and flowers!
National Garden Scheme Open Days
We aim to take part in the NGS Open Days scheme every other year. Gate money goes to NGS charities. Other local charities and organisations benefit from monies raised by plant sales and teas and cakes and other donations.
Thanks to the open days, Wellesbourne Allotment Association has donated more than £7000 to charities and local organisations since 2012.
Our next Open Day will be held in 2020
Wellesbourne Allotment Association has helped to plant up the central precinct flower beds
Dementia Friendly plot
There is mounting evidence of the benefit to health and wellbeing that gardening brings to many people. We have been working with OSCARS to develop a dementia friendly plot which we hope local people with dementia and their carers will be able to tend from 2019.