Community Allotment Garden

About

A community allotment group is a collective of individuals who come together to share a community garden space, also known as an allotment. These groups are typically formed to cultivate and grow fruits, vegetables and flowers in a shared space, and to promote community cohesion and sustainable living practices.

Thanks to funding from Severn Trent Water, The Coop and Foundation Derbyshire the farm has laid the infrastructure required to start its own community allotment starting in April 2023. The 3-acre farm has one small patch that is ideal for salads and leafy greens and a larger patch that is better suited for larger crops like potatoes, squashes and the like.

The main objective of hosting monthly allotment meetups is to give the local community the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce. By working together in a shared space, members of the group can learn from one another, share tips and tricks, and gain a deeper understanding of gardening and horticulture. This can be especially beneficial for people who may not have a lot of experience with gardening, as they can learn from more experienced members of the group.

In addition to the practical benefits of growing your produce, community allotment groups can also provide several social benefits. These groups provide an opportunity for people to come together and connect with one another, regardless of their background or circumstances. By working together in a shared space, members of the group can build friendships, share experiences, and create a sense of community.

Another benefit of community allotment groups is the promotion of sustainable living practices. These groups often emphasize the importance of organic and sustainable gardening methods, which can be beneficial for the environment and the local community. Additionally, the produce grown in the allotment can be shared amongst the members of the group, reducing the amount of food that needs to be transported and therefore reducing the carbon footprint.