Community allotment at Hatchlands Park

Mother with baby working in the allotment
A family project National Trust Images/James Dobson

We pledged to create 1,000 new growing spaces on our land, giving local communities the space to grow their own fruit and veg. At Hatchlands, we're working in partnership with Grace and Flavour, a co-op of local residents in our neighbouring village. In September 2011, the Brown family became proud plot holders of our 1,000th allotment.

Claire, Ashley and William Brown live just a 6-minute walk away from the Hatchlands estate in West Horsley. Their allotment is part of a much wider community project that has blossomed here in recent years. We’re working in partnership with Grace and Flavour, a not-for-profit horticultural co-operative of local residents in East and West Horsley.
The community kitchen garden at Hatchlands
The community kitchen garden at Hatchlands
National Trust Images/James Dobson

The project aims to grow local food for local people, and has brought back to life the 3-acre walled garden on our estate. This community project is set up on a CSA model, members of the co-operative share the work of cultivating the land and then take a share of the crop.
As well as sharing produce people can share their skills and so far the project has recruited over 100 volunteers, both first-time growers and gardening gurus. Su Johnston, a founding director of Grace and Flavour said, 'One weekend we put out a call to villagers to come and help us get started, and it just grew and grew. Now there’s a huge community spirit here. People pitch up whenever they can and clock up a few hours, we insist on regular tea and cake breaks'.
Chard growing in the allotment
Chard growing in the allotment National Trust Images/James Dobson

Get involved 

If you live or work in East or West Horsley and would like to get involved in this community kitchen garden project, head to the Grace and Flavour website for more information or to get in touch.