Can you dig it? Creating a thriving allotment
As National Allotments Week gets under way this week (9-15 August), one couple reveal how they have transformed a piece of Bromford-owned land into a thriving allotment.
Bromford entered into a legal licence agreement with couple Ian and Kim who are private owners and whose property backs on to land at Croxall Road, Edingale, Tamworth.
The land is owned by Bromford but was overgrown and full of weeds and the couple approached us to turn it into an allotment.
They had very little horticultural growing experience prior to this venture but have thoroughly taken on the project and gained a huge amount of knowledge.
The allotment looks incredible and not only that they’ve turned it into something appreciated by the whole community. Children from the neighbourhood are learning about growing vegetables and they have numerous visitors from the village who just come to look at the garden.
Kim said: “We’ve had great help and support from our neighbours and share the produce and seeds with them. In our first year we did a lot of planning, clearing, designing, building and starting to grow and experiment. Our focus changed with the pandemic and we couldn’t involve people as much but it made us even more determined to do our best so people had something lovely to look at and share in.”
The couple had clear aims; for the land to be used productively to grow things, for it look appealing, for everything to be temporary as well as for it be used to learn about growing things to eat. And this year they’re growing more than 20 different types of fruit and vegetables.
Added Kim: “It’s flourishing as never before. We’re learning all the time and growing more confident. It looks like this will be our best year so far.”
Bromford’s strategic property planning manager Jonathan Cooper said: “We were delighted to be able to let Ian and Kim take on a temporary licence a few years ago and the transformation of the land has been truly incredible.
"In three short years they have creatively used almost everything that was already in or on the land which means they have spent very little – but have gained loads of experience and enjoyment. They are also encouraging the next generation to grow their own produce too and there’s really no stopping them in their ambitions for the allotment.”
If you’re interested in getting an allotment, there are lots of great tips and advice at The National Allotment Society.