The Chestergate Allotments are leased to the Parish Council from the Ancient Charities of Bisley. We have a thriving allotment holders group, many allotment holders keep chickens and one keeps friendly geese!
There are now 50 allotments plots being worked; many by families with children. Now only two plot holders have a plot that is the original historical size.
The allotment holders hold a meeting during National Allotments Week in August at which issues are discussed. As a result of discussions, the allotments are mowed during the summer by the Parish Council contractor, we have accessible water on site, Stroud Valleys Project rent a plot for group activities, and we now have a compost loo. This has been supported by the Charity of the Ancient Parish of Bisley, the Parish Council and Bisley Community Composting Scheme.
Mike Banyard was the longest standing allotment grower. He took over his father’s allotment in the early 1950s, and died, still tending his plot, in 2014. His family gave the community donations to the allotment in Mike’s memory.
Coded Lock: The main gate, compost loo and Allotment Holders Hut has a coded lock. If by any chance any allotment tenant has not got the code please could they contact Lesley, Allotment Warden.
If you want to get healthy (Bisley’s own ‘green gym’), grow your own fruit and vegetables, keep chickens or rabbits, then there is nothing better than to rent an allotment. For ideas on growing potatoes see Stroud Potato Day.
Rent is £15 a year per allotment from September to September.
Contact Lesley Greene
tel 01452 770018
The Bisley Community Composting Scheme (BCCS) is a members-only scheme that takes garden waste, composts it in large bins and makes it available to members as soil conditioner (unsieved) or, for a small donation, as sieved and bagged green compost. BCCS is located, along with Bisley allotments and the community orchard, at the edge of the village on the Stroud Road.
Community Orchard of local Gloucestershire fruit trees. A History Of Bisley Community Orchard (PDF)
For more information on orchards and orchard conservation see the Orchard Network website.
For more information on the Cotswold Tree Wardens see their website.