Allotments and growing places
Between February 2009 and 2012 we created 1,200 new allotments and growing spaces on our land.
Across the country these allotment sites are buzzing with activity. Local communities now have the space to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
We advertise new plots on the Landshare website – a matchmaking website which aims to link up would be growers with available land near to them.
Our plots have been created in restored kitchen gardens, on agricultural land or on vacant land close to our properties. Many are managed as regular allotments and some are specifically for school or community groups.
Right next to the recreation ground in the heart of Lode village, just 5 minutes walk from Anglesey Abbey, an aptly named ‘sunray’ allotment site has taken shape containing 28 family-sized plots and four community growing spaces.
In September 2011, the Brown family became proud plot holders of our 1,000th allotment at Hatchlands.
The walled garden at Gibside, near Gateshead in North East England, is supporting people with learning disabilities work towards qualifications in horticulture, as well as growing their own food.
In North Wales, our staff have created a thriving growing space as a learning resource for local schools and community groups.
The walled garden nestles amidst one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the UK. From the top of the walled garden you can see right down over Coniston Water and beyond.
At the top of Garden Field, there are 40 fine allotments, but the bottom half of the field has been transformed into a fabulous community growing space for up to 40 local families and individuals – simply named the Buckland Food Growers.
A year ago, the walled garden was overgrown. Backbreaking work by the estate team and volunteers has gradually transformed the area into 27 allotments. Local enthusiasm was immediate, and the personalities are starting to shine through.
A new community of gardeners is blossoming in south Belfast, at Minnowburn Community Garden, which sits between Shaw’s Bridge and the Giant’s Ring.
At Kings Norton, Birmingham, we've been creating growing spaces at a number of urban locations for use by different community groups.
A changing landscape in Woolacombe, Devon, as a large field has been turned into 50 allotments of various sizes.
Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset created 40 new allotments at the entrance to the property.
The creation of Shottermill Ponds Allotments has been a join initiative between the Trust (providing the land) and Lynchmere Parish Council (running the allotment site) for the local community.
A set of 118 new allotments for the community are now open on the Kingston Lacy estate in Dorset.