ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF COVENTRY
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Welcome to the campaign site of the Wellesbourne Allotment Association
The allotment community is based on land privately rented from the Diocese of Coventry and has been in uninterrupted use for 176 years. The site is 7 acre (just over 2.8 hectares) and we have 97 plots rented to holders & their families of all ages, maintaining a self-supporting community. We also have a very long history of supporting the wider village and surrounding areas, hosted BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time in 2015 and featured on BBC Two's "Big Dreams, Small Spaces" in 2017. The Association has held several charitable open days, raising thousands for nominated charities under the National Garden Scheme.
Our new logo above is the result of a children's competition in the village to design our future campaign image. The winner was Poppy Grace Bates of the 2nd Wellesbourne Rainbows. SOWA would like to thank Poppy for her fantastic winning entry, but also all the children who submitted entries. We really appreciate all your support.
What is SOWA and why does it exist?
The Diocese of Coventry has decided that they wish to sell the land upon which the allotments reside to developers and build 50 houses on the site. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Peter's, the local parish church, announced that it will not object to the proposal so long as the allotment holders needs were met. The Allotment Association feel that our needs cannot be met on another site and that the offer of two smaller and poorer pieces of land doesn’t take into account the quality and heritage of our currents site, nor the value to the village of keeping the biodiverse area in it’s present location. There was no prior engagement with WAA to assess what our needs or opinions would be regards the matter.
The committee of the Allotment Association has naturally decided that we wish to object to this development proposal. We feel that the long standing allotment community will be destroyed, our wider community contribution will be severly impacted and that the Diocese is sacrificing community for profit.
SOWA is the acronym for "Save our Wellesbourne Allotments", the campaign action to permanently block this development proposal and preserve the allotments for future generations in the village. This website will be the central repository for all our actions, news, development proposals and capaigning actions for you, the public, to participate in. We hope that you find it a useful resource.
Please contact the SOWA team with your updates and news and offers of support whilst we fight this action instigated by the Church of England Diocese of Coventry.
www.sowa.org.uk is a community action organisation initiated by the Wellesbourne Allotment Association