A year or so at our Community Allotment

Thank you to everyone who has helped transform the worst plot at Ladywell Allotments into our Community Allotment! We got this plot in May last year (see first picture) but apart from keeping the weeds down, we really only started working on it in November (see second photo.)

Many hours, many hands, and a few additions of various buildings, fences and paths, plus tons of soil and compost, have made it into a user friendly productive space for us all to use. We even have bees! Lots growing now, lots of marrows/courgettes for example if anyone wants one?

Still need to finish off the sheds, painting/windows in, and of course there’s always weeding to do, we will have new working parties next week, plus perhaps a social event up there and there’s opportunities for local community groups to join in. Well done all and thanks πŸŒ±πŸ‘

Community Allotment Young Carers

Northamptonshire Young Carers are going to be using the allotment to give children who look after their parents the chance to have a break, to garden and to learn about nature. So as a priority this week we have fenced off under the apple tree, plus added a sink for washing hands and pots.

Everything is growing; the plants are all going for it, we have marrows ready, tomatoes taking over, spuds and onions catching up, plus we have lots of flowers 🌱🌺

Hello from our Community Allotment

Everything is growing including the weeds, and a few bits and bobs have been added since the last photos, can you spot them?

More weeding and painting needed if you want to join in tomorrow afternoon, from 1:30-5:30, where we are having a working party, a couple of people are joining us already. We’re also connecting the larger greenhouse to a water tank is needed, take your pick…

Call Jonathan on 07311 705705 to get in the gates at the end of Hillside Road, hopefully see you anytime between 1:30 & 5:30 πŸ’š

Bag Reporting Made Easy

For Wellie Wombles and all

As you may have seen, from now on, anyone litter picking in North Northamptonshire, including in the Wellingborough area, be they groups or individuals, will have to contact North Northamptonshire Council to organise collection of bags of litter picked.

To make this easier, we have made a form that you can use to notify North Northants Council where you have left your bags from your litter pick. To make sure that the bags are collected, Wellingborough Norse will receive this notification, plus we will also receive an email from this form so that we can chase it up if needed.

As an added bonus this form also updates Northants Litter Wombles for their Litter Log, so you will still only have to fill in one form! If you have taken your bags home or already have had them collected, please don’t use this form, use the Northants Litter Wombles Litter Log form instead to log your bags. Find our Bag Report form at: https://wellingboroughecogroup.org.uk/eco/litter-picking/bag-report/

This form is also available on the Wellie Wombles page of our website too!

Community Allotment Gets A Speed Boat

Lots of stuff done at our Community Allotment over the last couple of weeks. We have pretty much finished the layout, raised beds, mulch paths and we have a bright red speed boat! This has dahlias planted in it already, many more flowers to plant in it, plus it doubles up as a seat!

Lots planted and lots of reusing things too. Beans now growing up herras fence litter picked by Freddie and Jonathan. Pallet grates turned into compost bins, food totes turned into planters, and of course the speedboat.

We will be having a working party at our Community Allotment on Saturday from 10-2, all welcome. We have planting and a little weeding to do. Call me on 07311 705705 to get in the gates (which are at the end of Hillside Road, off of Finedon Road) See you there πŸŒ»πŸ’š

We have Bees!

Martine with her bees

Martine Woolhouse (pictured above) has brought her bees to live with us on the nature plot. This hive and in the near future three others will be in our ring of oak trees, amongst lots of bee friendly flowers. She has promised lots of updates for our group πŸπŸ’š

On our nature plot surrounded by flowers

For more updates on Martine’s bees and on how our Community Allotment is progressing, do join us on our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/communityallotment/

Community Allotment Update

At today’s working party I was joined by Tony Banks and Marion Turner-Hawes and we built not one, but two greenhouses built at our Community Allotment! Thank you for these Julie Ann Cormie and my nextdoor neighbours Sunny and Bernice πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ

Shed on the left moved over a couple of feet to accommodate Julie (yes sorry the greenhouses need names) and Sunny (had to be) is in the middle of the plot at the end of the hard path. Sheds were donated by George and Margaret btw (thank you both)

Other stuff done during the week, trellis for clematis on gazebo and two more dog wood planted. Today at our Community Allotment!

Thank you to again Tony for joining me last weekend, when we laid the main path and patio, plus planted around the gazebo then finished it off with mulch. We also got a bird table made, plus got the compost bins put together with 3 out of 5 lined ready for use…

Lots more to do, back next week πŸ™‚πŸ‘

Today at the Community Allotment.

Today was a busy day, with lots done and lots of visitors:

– A selection of veg, salad and flower plants dropped off by Sian (thank you!)
– Another two Welly Trees re-homed, Lisa and her husband took a Cherry and a Rowan.
– Black Cockerel re-homed, now has 10 wives!
– 30 Oak trees planted in a circle, hopefully to create a Wellie Acorns natural space (may take a while…) 20 to plant.
– More weeding done, not much left to do, then to level and install path, raised beds and our two greenhouses greenhouses.
– Also, grass cut on my neighbouring plot πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘Œ

Next working party Saturday and every Saturday in May from 1pm. Other opportunities to get involved too, including tomorrow morning from 7am πŸ’šπŸŒ±

Community Allotment Working Party

Great to have so many people join in at the Community Allotment today! To keep to the ‘rule of six’ we had two working parties, a weeding team and a building team 🐝🐝

As you can see, the weeding team dug up loads of weeds, bricks and glass, and the building team put up two sheds!

Thank you to Jamie and Donna, Skye, John and Tricia, Niall and Neys for joining me for a fun and productive afternoon πŸ™‚πŸ‘

For more updates on how our Community Allotment is progressing, do join us on our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/communityallotment/

A Busy Eco Week Coming Up

There are loads of Wellingborough Eco Group activities happening this week! We have five dates for activities coming up, hopefully you can join us?

Community Allotment – Working Parties

And there’s loads more to do at our Community Allotment, the good news is that we can restart our working parties from 29th March πŸ™‚πŸ€ž So if anyone is up for it, we propose that we simply have to do Monday 29th, say 10am until lunchtime(ish) then an Easter egg hunt!

Yes children are invited and Billy will be with Jonathan, but please note the ‘Rule of Six’ so we may not all be working together.

We also could do some building on Saturday afternoon (3rd April) from 1 onwards. There’s two sheds, a fence (posts are done) and a gazebo to do! Any help would be greatly appreciated πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

Find out more on the Community Allotment webpage or on our Community Allotment Facebook group.

Tuesday Tidy Ups with Wellie Wombles

If you would like to do some litter picking during lockdown, you can individually or with members of your bubble; and loads of Wellie Wombles have been! You can join in with this on our Wellie Wombles Facebook Group

To help you, on each and every Tuesday afternoon, we have teamed up with the Victoria Centre and Wellingborough Norse to loan litter pickers, hi-vis, gloves and to give away bags.

It’s a call and collect service that you will need to register for. Find out more about Tuesday Tidy Ups and Wellie Wombles on our webpages.

Repair Club Live – our Fourth Fix

Repair Club Live gives you another way to get your items fixed or to learn new skills. We hold Zoom sessions fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at 7:30. A repairer will aim to fix something live, talking you through what needs doing.

On Tuesday (30th March) Simon will be looking at repairing a member’s iron and a local councillor’s hand held window cleaner. Who knows how he will get on, but hopefully we will have fun and a fix or two in an hour!

Find out more on the Repair Club webpage or on our Repair Club Facebook group.

Saturday Swap Shop – Easter Special!

This time we are asking β€˜do you have anything to swap or are you looking to give an Easter Egg away?’

Live on Zoom, our fourth β€˜Saturday Swap Shop’ has Easter as its theme! We will be hosted by the Victoria Centre, where we will invite you to swap with us and others. Join us on Saturday 3rd April, between 10:30 and 12:00 midday; it’s going to be fun, there might be chocolate and it’s free!

To keep you safe on Saturday, and so that you don’t have to share your details with everyone, please register by using the contact form on our Saturday Swap Shop webpage and we will email you back with the Zoom link

Do Join in with any of our activities if you can, if you would like further details or have any questions please send us a message using the form below (selecting the subject you are enquiring about would be helpful)