Allotments can play a big part in the fight to preserve our environment; we need to protect them, especially in urban areas as they are important. Green spaces need to be preserved and are proven to help our mental health too. The number of people who visit the sites, dog walkers as well as allotment holders, not only goes to show not only is it good for the environment, but we as human beings reacquaint ourselves with the living earth, feeling the soil between our fingers but under our feet.
Many varieties of plants thrive on these sites, which contribute to the biodiversity of the area and they also provide vital habitats for many species. Many good allotment sites have special areas that are left virtually untouched allowing wildlife to thrive.
All manner of wildlife can be found on the allotment from Wildfowl, Badgers, Foxes, Frogs, Toads, Newts and Slow Worms to Field Mice, Hedgehogs, to the many different species of birds and insects. But allotment sites are under threat as never before. When allotments disappear, often wildlife disappears with them and these precious habitats are lost forever.
The Friends… has held the plot for many years but in Spring 2019, the group was having to manage two sites, that is the pond and its surroundings and the allotments. The latter has been left to a number of volunteers to manage. Under the Chair’s guidance, it has been blooming. Don’t take my word for it. Download the report PDF parts 1 – 3 or read the following online prepared by both Pauline and Stéph.
Many, many thanks go to Charlie and Ken for preparing the site in advance so all volunteers can appreciate the hard work that has been put into this continuing project. A debt of appreciation would like to go to Saintbridge Allotment Gardens Association (SAGA) Chair, Steve and it’s members for assisting them with advice. spare plants etc. while they were tending our plots. If you want to know more about SAGA, just follow the link:
In 2020, FOSP and SAGA will be working together to ensure that the pond and the allotments, once described as this green oasis, become a major community asset.
Also this link via the Guardian newspaper:
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FOSPNR VICECHAIR & ACTING SECRETARY