News & Information

Items available!

We have received a very generous request from a Chippenham resident who will soon be moving to a smaller property with no garden. They have a variety of gardenalia including but not limited to garden netting (hard & soft), kneeling pads, a folding kneeling stool, various bug killers, bamboo canes, a sieve, a small paraffin greenhouse heater, ‘Evergreen’ lawn spreader, bulb planter and more…

If you are interested in any of the items please email the society and we will pass their contact details to you to arrange collection.

(posted 19th May 2020)

National Garden Scheme UPDATE

19th May 2020

There is another fantastic week of Virtual Garden Visits available on the NGS website. While you are there please consider supporting their beneficiaries with a donation towards their “Support our Nurses” appeal.

Each page has its own special story – none more touching this week than one of the gardens to be viewed – Lambeth Palace which has opened its ‘secret garden gate’ to the workers as nearby St Thomas’s hospital to offer respite and tranquillity from the current crisis.

And there’s a little extra Chelsea treat in our Chelsea Flower show special. Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious shop window for garden design in the world. With no show this year, they are are showcasing these talents with virtual visits to gardens designed by four of the most distinguished current designers – two of which are their own gardens!

Horse manure, free to collector!

Available now from the farm opposite Abbeyfield School. Various stages of decomposition, please bring your own bags or trailer and help yourself! (posted Monday 13th April)

National Garden Scheme

Alan Titchmarsh has lent his support to The National Garden Scheme’s endeavour to continue to raise funds for all our caring charities. Nurses and Carers are in all our minds at the moment and sadly with our gardens unable to open, our funds for these charities maybe down for this year by 80%. We hope that as many people as possible will enjoy our virtual garden tours of some of the gardens who normally open for the Scheme across England and Wales, and in turn consider following the links below and donating to The Scheme. Seeing Alan’s beautiful garden on a summers day last year, certainly lifts one’s spirits.

In a new campaign led by Britain’s most famous gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, from his garden in Hampshire he says, ‘Gardens offer us a sheet anchor in times of turmoil, never more so than this year. The National Garden Scheme uses the joy of gardening and garden visiting to reach out and help all kinds of people.
‘This wonderful organisation has been inviting folk to open their gardens and raise funds for nursing and health charities for more than 90 years. It’s given away more than £60 million and during all that time the gardens have never had to close, not even during the Second World War. That is until now.’
Alan Titchmarsh’s short film of his garden in Hampshire is one of a group which have been released which also include a stunning vision of massed tulips in the garden of Dunsborough Park, Surrey. The films are hosted on the National Garden Scheme website. New films will be added on a weekly basis.
To watch Alan Titchmarsh in his garden click here.

You can also follow the National Garden Scheme on:
Instagram @nationalgardenscheme
Twitter @NGSOpenGardens
Facebook @NationalGardenScheme
Our campaign hashtag is #WeSupportNurses
You can donate to the ‘Help Support Our Nurses’ campaign here

Best Allotment Competition 2019

There results are in! You can find them attached here: BEST ALLOTMENT RESULTS 2019. Congratulations to the winners and great effort on everyone. Photos of some of the winning plots are below.

Congratulations to Mr R Proctor for winning the Best overall plot on all sites for 2019.


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?”

Your Membership Fees

It is not mandatory to become a member of the Allotment Society when you rent a plot from the Town Council.  However, as a member you are entitled to use the Society’s equipment i.e. rotavators, strimmers and on some sites mowers, as well as miscellaneous equipment such as wheelbarrows and will be covered by the Society’s insurance whilst operating any machinery. Non-members do not have access to this facility.  Also as a member you are able to take advantage of the discount seed scheme run annually by Adrian Dorney saving 40% on catalogue prices.  We also hold social events i.e. talks/presentations, barbecue, quizzes, skittles and outings.  Unfortunately, these have become less frequent due to the poor response from our members, we really do need you to support our efforts to provide these social events or there will be little point in continuing to hold them.  We would value your contribution as to what you think members would be interested in and where you think your money would be best spent.  Please email us and we will be keen to hear your views.

Use of Society Equipment by Members

At this time of year due to heavy demand, it will be necessary to contact your site warden to arrange use of equipment such as rotovators, mowers and strimmers.  It has become an issue due to the negligence of some members returning equipment dirty, damaged/broken or empty of fuel (where it should be returned full).  Parts do wear out and accidents do happen, but we need to know when this occurs to enable us to effect repairs.  Nothing can be more frustrating than to turn up having arranged to use machinery and finding it is unusable due to somebody else’s lack of consideration.  Please ensure you use the correct clean fuel and are fully aware of the procedures for starting and proper use of the relevant piece of machinery.  More information can be sought from the site warden.  Sorry for the moan, but we would ask you to please think of your fellow plot holders when returning equipment.

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