HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Wolston and Brandon Allotment Association has existed for well over 100 years and currently the allotment association occupies about 12 acres of land in Stretton Road Wolston. The Association is the tenant of the allotment land our landlord being the Wolston Parish Council who in turn lease the land from the C.R.E.W. Wilcox Trust
Currently the Parish Council rents 12 acres of private land for use by the Wolston and Brandon Allotment 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 reasons which prevented a move from the private site. Allotment Plots can be rented very economically in sizes to suit the gardener, and some have raised beds to enable easier access.
THE ASSOCIATIONS’ DOCUMENTATION
The association maintains several documents that fully describe the objectives, how we implement them and the rules relevant to all members
The Associations’ documentation, in the form of the Constitution and the Members Handbook fully describe and identify the way in which the Association implements it’s objectives and meets the requirements of the landlord and the lease agreement. These documents also include information about the Association along with the Associations’ Rules, which apply to all members of the Association and can be downloaded her:
THE MEMBERS HANDBOOK
THE ASSOCIATIONS’ OBJECTIVES
The Associations objectives are outlined here.
(a) Promote the interests of all members in their gardening activities and to take joint action for the benefit and protection of members;
(b) To provide equal opportunities to all members without discrimination on any grounds;
(c) Maintain harmonious and productive relationships with the local authority and the Association’s landlord, ensuring the requirements of the lease agreement with the Association’s landlord are fully understood and implemented;
(d) Provide effective allotment management;
(e) Provide good access, good security, well maintained pathways and freedom from neglected or misused plots;
(f) Ensure fair rents and charges are implemented;
(g) Provide a supply of seeds, fertilisers, tools and other horticultural equipment on behalf of members;
(h) Promote and develop gardening skills and encourage the highest standards of cultivation, layout and landscaping;
(i) Promote and encourage the management of green waste and materials recycling;
(j) Promote and encourage the efficient use of water on allotments by storing water in tanks or water butts and non-wasteful use of the mains supplied water;
(k) Promote the use of allotments within the local community for people of all backgrounds and abilities;
(l) The Association shall at all times act within the rules and in support of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd;
(m) Promote co-operation with, or affiliate to, other local, national or international organisations having similar objectives;
More detailed information on how these objectives are achieved is contained in The Constitution, the Members Handbook and the Tenancy Agreement: