The Urban Pollinators Team at the Universities of Bristol, Reading and Edinburgh found that allotments can make a wonderful habitat for pollinators – vegetables, flowers, fruit trees and compost heaps – all can provide pollen over the seasons. Visit their lovely website blog showing how to encourage pollinators with stunning photograph
For some interesting background information about allotments, their history, heritage, and role in the community, see this research paper published by Lesley Acton, who is studying at UCL Institute of Archaeology.
This article in the Journal of Applied Ecology (PDF) about soil quality on allotments versus commercial agriculture has been flagged up by the NAS (National Allotment Association). The International Year of Soils serve as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations.
Action Points (PDF) from our annual ‘get together’ August 2019
The main gate, compost loo and Allotment Holders Hut has a coded lock. If by any chance any allotment tenant has not now got the code please could they contact Lesley, Allotment Warden on 01452 770018
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!
In 2003 the Parish Council Allotment Warden proposed a long-term strategy to revitalise the allotment site. It started with a small band of volunteers clearing disused allotments of rubbish and dividing huge allotments into smaller more manageable plots. A small grant from the District Council’s Rural Investment Fund helped to support the professional aspect of this project – making and mowing paths, ploughing unused plots, creating new accessible water tanks, etc (this fund has just been abolished and we feel it is a great loss for small community initiatives of this kind – giving them the encouragement needed to get going). 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.
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 me on:
tel 01452 770018
For allotments in Eastcombe and Oakridge, see our Parish Directory.
The second stage of the revitalisation strategy was the now very successful Bisley Community Composting Scheme. 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.
The third stage of the revitalization of the allotment’s site is our Community Orchard of local Gloucestershire fruit trees.
For more information on orchards and orchard conservation see the Orchard Network website.
For more information on the Cotswold Tree Wardens see their website.