5 Fabulous Allotments

It’s national allotment week and our theme is Edible England so there's a veritable trug load of delights for you this September! Grab top growing tips from the gardeners, explore secret brambleways and spot wonderful wildlife with these enticing events.

Grow feral, taste feral

Osprey Community Allotments, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

From the exotic to the everyday, Osprey Community Allotments has it all. Have a sensational afternoon apple bobbing, plant print making, and willow weaving as well as wandering their cottage garden, orchard and allotment, including ‘Batu Kunku’ their polytunnel for growing overseas varieties.

Gosport's green sanctuary comes with a bit of a mystery! / © Rectory Allotments

Dug deep in history

Rectory Allotments, Gosport, Hampshire

A green sanctuary with a very long history, come and uncover the mystery of the lady that gave land to locals to feed their families. Or just get some top tips from today’s gardeners and see a display of their seasonal produce.

Food glorious food! Get top tips to grow your own veg at allotment events this September/ © Gary Webb

Sculptures, sheds and chalets

St Mary’s Allotments, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

There’s so much to see at St Mary’s Allotments! Follow Victorian hedgerows and spot contemporary sculpture, listen out for the multitude of birds recorded on site and maybe even spy a shy muntjac deer. With an eco plot and creative shed there’s something for all tastes here.

Bees, beaches and beans

Community Allotment Open Gardens, Cambridgeshire

Pop along and take a tour of this community garden, run by and for local homeless and vulnerably housed people. See and hear how they created their beach themed show garden and secret bramble walkway as well as cultivating their vegetable plots.

A cheery welcome awaits at Bowes / © Bowes Railway

Tours, trails and allotment activities

Bowes Railway, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

There’s a lot going on at Bowes Allotments for all the family. From planting and picking to sampling and sharing your own favourite recipes.

Take a rest at this favourite haunt as you dig a little deeper into allotment history with our bonus event / © The Gardeners Rest

BONUS!: Dig a little deeper

Grow Your Own! A History of Allotments in Sheffield

Settle in to listen to the history of the veg patch at the historic favourite of allotment holders, The Gardeners Rest. This fascinating illustrated talk will take you from the 1700s through industrialisation and two world wars to the current popularity of the plot.

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PLEASE NOTE - These events were accurate at the time of publication but this year more than ever the details are subject to change. Please check the individual entries for more.