News & Information


We hope you are staying safe and well and that you have been able to enjoy your allotment over the summer.
One of the Society’s members, Teodora Yankova, has done a lot of research to find a charity willing and able to accept donations of fresh fruit and vegetables.  This topic has been discussed on a number of occasions at the society meetings. She has been in touch with a local food support initiative by St Peters Church called Foodbox where they support people in need with food supplies. They would be very happy to receive fruit and veg donations from our society allotments. If you would like to be involved making donations of fresh fruit and veg either now or later in the season please contact the society and we will put you in touch with Teodora.

Horse manure available

One of our members has pointed us towards the website Freegle where free horse manure is being advertised. It is available to collect from the farm opposite Abbeyfield School, make sure you bring your own bags or a trailer! Called Gate Farm, it is part of the old Toll House on the corner as you turn off London Road to go to Abbeyfield School or Stanley Park sports ground. It is the last entrance on the right before the sports ground, as long as the gates are open then it is accessible.

Best Allotment Competition 2020

Due to Covid-19 there will be no Best Allotment competition this year; we hope to reintroduce it next year, maybe with new classes.

Please email us at with your ideas.

Congratulations to Mr R Proctor for winning the ‘Best overall plot’ across all allotment sites in 2019 and to the great efforts by everyone; photos of some of the winning plots are shown below. 

Posted 27th July 2020

Seed Appeal

Thank you to one of our members for drawing our attention to this…

In response to the global Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, the Lemon Tree Trust are focused on distributing food and flower seeds to people in refugee and IDP camps in Kurdistan who are coping with Government enforced curfews and self-isolation at their shelters. If any of our members have spare seeds that they would like to donate please visit their website to find out more!

Posted 27th July 2020 

MyHarvest project from the
University of Sheffield

The MyHarvest project from the University of Sheffield that aims to assess the benefits of growing food in urban areas. Volunteer participants undertake to keep an allotment diary over a 12 month period, recording basic information about activity such as sowing and harvesting, time spent, and so on. A member of the society started a diary on the 22 March 2018, so is approaching completion. The society member shares:

“It has been really interesting to keep a regular record in the folder supplied, and I would encourage others to get involved. I came across the project via the RHS magazine but only recently visited the MyHarvest website which has more detailed information, (including how to get involved). Why not have a look and maybe join in?”

4 thoughts on “News & Information

  1. Hi All – I am new to the gardening game, and not an official member of this site/forum yet, but have recently built a couple of modest raised beds to grow veg in my rear garden etc.
    Can anyone please advise where the best place/lowest price to get reasonable soil locally is (to fill 2 x beds each approx 8ft long x 3ft wide x 1ft deep), also some bags of compost and free/cheap manure to start my project off… please?
    Eg – Is the free manure opposite Abbeyfield School still available?
    Any advice warmly welcome.
    Kind Regards


    • Evening Darren,

      Thank you for your message.
      We haven’t been told the manure is all gone so we assume there is still some available, unfortunately we aren’t always told when things run out so fingers crossed. Most of the garden centres around the area offer good quality compost/manure for a decent price, Langley Nursery (01249 758271) usually have a great selection and will be incredibly helpful. There are farmers who will deliver manure but it is usually in very large quantities so may not be suitable for a smaller project!

      Good luck and happy gardening!


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