Welcome to the growing season at Wolston Allotments - for those of you that haven’t visited the allotments recently, I’d like to keep you up to date with some of the changes.

The allotment in Wolston is a surprisingly large site and in the last six months a new feature has been created. During the winter months a large area at the far end of the site has been cleared of brambles and a memory orchard is being planted. Below the trees there will be pathways and wild flower beds to make a pleasant and reflective area for villagers. The fruit trees are being planted in memory of villagers and past allotment holders. If there is someone that you would like to be remembered in the new orchard, please come and talk to us about planting a tree in their memory.

We also hope to replant some of the hedges that border Warwick Road with the help of The Woodland Trust later in the year.

One thing that will always be free at the allotments is advice. Come and visit us and make use of the decades of experience to be found just off Stretton Road.

 

 

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The Parish Council rents 12 acres of private land for use by the Wolston and Brandon Allotments and Gardens Association, and has done so since 29th September 1990 when it was asked to take over their lease by the Allotments Association. The land, which is administered by Godfrey-Payton, as agents for the C R E W Wilcox Will Trust, has been used as Allotments for many years. The entrance on Stretton Road is opposite what used to be Herbert's Ground Allotment Field which the Parish Council, formed in 1894, rented from Mr H.Townsend, and sub- let to people from the village from 1901 to 1935. Following his death, the land was sold by the Executors of Mr Townsend and eventually, a row of houses was built on the field, which used to stretch to the old Vicarage garden which itself is now home to John Simpson Close and Chestnut Grove.

The Wilcox family has provided land for Allotments in the village on the current site for many years. Some villagers will remember that there were also allotments provided in the old walled garden of Wolston Manor in the Church Field, after the Manor House was demolished, and before the primary school was built.

The current Allotment site is centrally located and, although alternative sites have been suggested and considered over the years, there were always snags which prevented a move from the private site. We are fortunate to have such a large space for allotments; in many areas there are long waiting lists to get a plot on the limited land available. There are, however, several plots free at the moment in Wolston. They can be rented very economically in sizes to suit the gardener, and some have raised beds to enable easier access. Anyone wishing to rent a plot should contact Ray French on (024) 7654 4753.

 



The Allotment Association TRADING SHED has re-opened for the 2017 season, between 10am and Midday every Sunday. Our Trading Secretary, has run amok with our cheque book and has filled the shed to the roof with all the materials you need for successful gardening, so call in and buy what you need.

A reminder that you need to be at least an Associate Member of the Allotments Association to be able to purchase the goods at the special low member prices. If you are a Member already this is a reminder that membership expires in March so you can re-new it at the shed when you call in. It’s still only £2.00 per year and is incredibly good value as it will give you access to the very low prices in the shed.