Welcome to the Wellesbourne Allotments Association Website
WAA and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
On the 25th May 2018, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) act becomes law in the UK and all personal data being held by entities (businesses, government, charities, organisations etc.) must be minimal for purpose of use, managed to ensure it is being processed correctly, protected from misuse and held in full accordance with your knowledge. WAA is no exception and the committee is cascading a communication to explain what data we hold about our plot holders and state our commitment to how we will manage your data (termed data processing). To view the statement please follow this link.
Wanted! Strong volunteers 19-20 May for Dementia Friendly plot build
A huge thanks to Chris Meek of CM Plant Hire, Stratford on Avon, who answered our DIY SOS-style call to help create a Dementia Friendly Allotment – one of just a handful in the country!
April 2018 Position statement
On 15 February 2018 the Wellesbourne Allotment Association Committee met with Diocesan Secretary Ruth Marlow and Acting Archdeacon Clive Hogger from Coventry Diocese, at their request, to hear a proposal they wished to put to us. They told us they understood the need for the Allotment community to be on one location and appreciated the value of the allotments to the community. However, they said they would still like to pursue options with developers on up to half the allotment area. In return for an unspecified form of security of tenure for the future, they proposed incorporating land immediately behind the allotments into the remaining allotment site.
We wrote back to the Diocese relaying the meeting decisions and on 27 March received a response from Ruth Marlow, Diocesan Secretary, stated the following, that there was, “nothing more I can add to what we have already suggested to your management committee. Any changes to the tenure of the proposed new allotment site assumes disposal of a proportion of the existing site for development, which itself is linked to planning permission. However I will discuss your response with the Glebe Committee members and if we can add anything more will get back to you in due course.”
We are therefore left in limbo with no timescales for any meaningful proposals in writing that can be put to members. We hope the consultation on 15 February with the Diocese was not a mere tick-box exercise. We will wait and see if the Glebe Committee comes forward with any meaningful proposals and we are ready to respond accordingly.
DIY SOS Call for Allotment Dementia Plot
Pictured: Ken Manning and Heather Brown
Wellesbourne Allotment Association is appealing to local landscapers and builders to help bring about a DIY SOS-style transformation to create a Dementia Friendly Allotment – one of just a handful in the country!
The call comes after confirmation of grants from Stratford District Council and from Wellesbourne Parish Council totalling £2,580. The monies will be used to fund the basic landscaping of a plot on Wellesbourne Allotments on the Kineton Road, including the purchase of essential paving slabs and a large wooden shed, but more help is needed to transform the plot over a single weekend!
There is also an appeal for an arbor style seat, for gardening tools for dementia plot users and for plants and compost.
Wellesbourne Allotment Association Treasurer Ken Manning says: “Most of us will know someone living with dementia. Wellesbourne is becoming a Dementia Friendly Community and we are delighted to be working with Heather Brown and the Oscars team to develop an allotment specifically designed to be used by people living with dementia and their families and carers.
“We are very grateful for the support shown by the District Council and by the Parish Council. We hope a local task force will be able to transform the plot in time for this year’s growing season and help to bring joy to users throughout the year.”
Anyone able to give their time, or to donate materials or gardening equipment should contact Ken Manning at email@example.com
Oscars (Over Sixties Community and Recreation Scheme ) co-ordinator Heather Brown says: “This is a great project which will enable people living with dementia to continue using and enjoying their gardening skills. The fact that the plot is being designed to be wheelchair and dementia friendly by incorporating features such as raised beds and shaded seating is important in providing an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and socialise in a safe environment. The plot will bring much pleasure, and we hope become a well-used facility within the community.”
Oscars are currently looking for a volunteer to liaise with carers and to help co-ordinate the day to day running of the scheme. If you are interested in volunteering to help co-ordinate the scheme please contact Heather Brown on 01789 841419.
ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF COVENTRY
Wednesday 31st January 2018
Since the news about the plans by the Diocese of Coventry to sell the land to developers, with 50 houses being earmarked for the site, a campaign has stsarted by the allotment association.
The new campaign website is sowa.org.uk
All the local and national press, SOWA's press releases, news and information about the situation will be managed and updated there. You can also contact the association's campaign committee by email following the contact link on that site.
If you are a member of the press or media and wish to speak to the association regards information or interviews, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for visiting our page and we hope that you will support our campaign to protect the community asset.
Wellesbourne Allotments on BBC Ra dio 4 Gardener's Question Time
Wellesbourne Allotment Association were one of the seven groups who invited and hosted BBC Radio 4 GQT in February 2015. The expert Christine Walkden and producer Howard Shannon came to the site and interviewed about a dozen group members, talking about the history, development risk and also answering problems we face on the spot.
The broadcast was made on Friday March 6th, repeated on Sunday 8th March 2015. A second recording made on the same evening is being broadcast on April 17th, repeated on Sunday 19th. The panel were Christine Walkden, Pippa Greenwood and Chris Beardshaw, with chairman Eric Robson. Producer was Howard Shannon, assistant producer was Hannah Newton.
We've got Alium Leaf Miner on site and you may have noticed already that your leeks/onions etc have been attacked by them. Frankly, pull up affected produce and safely destroy them. You can protect future crops with fine mesh coverings, and you may be OK for this season depending where on the site your plot is, but do check carefully before before you net them in.
Information about the beast can be found here on the Royal Horticultural Society website.
"Winter Colour & Interest in the Garden"
An illustrated talk by Duncan Coombs (lecturer @ Pershore College).
Hosted by Wellesbourne & Walton Horticultural Society
Friday 18th October 2013 @ 7.45 p.m.
News of more breaks and thefts continue to roll in periodically, with scrumping of our produce being one of the latest reports. It is important that you lock the site gates consistently and be vigilant for anything untoward....
It is our collective responsibility to manage the site security, and report issues to the police to ensure action will be taken in the future.Click here for the Safety & Security pages
As we explore new ways to engage with plot holders and reduce cost, we can now send all communications to plot holders via emails if they prefer. This saves paper, reduces the time taken for committee members and delivering letters, and saves the modest printing costs. If you would like to enrol for email communications, please contact the Association Secretary requesting email over paper. And if you do, remember to tell us should you ever change your mail address!
As well as the new website and email facility, the Allotments Association now has a new Facebook page and Twitter feed. Whilst we acknowledge such new fangled things are not for everyone, they do provide an important and friendly platform for allotment holders and like-minded people to communicate, share knowledge, share seeds, produce and plants, and ultimately build friendships. We hope you join us on the new forums!