Welcome to the Wellesbourne Allotments Association Website
We’ll not lose the plot!
Wellesbourne Allotment Association plotholders voted overwhelmingly last night (January 15) to reject a proposal by Coventry Diocese which would potentially see part of the historic site being developed.
The vote was made at the first recorded extraordinary general meeting held by the association in its history. There was an 82% turn out. 98% of votes cast were to reject the proposal. Chair of Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council Anne Prior attended as an independent observer.
Chair Ian Hope said: “We asked plotholders to consider written proposals from the Diocese which would open the way for part of the land to be developed in return for land adjoining the current allotments adjacent to the flood plain and an offer not seek to further develop on allotment land for 25 – 50 years – the equivalent of just one or two generations. These proposals were made in a letter to the association and no formal planning application has yet been made.
“Plotholders expressed a number of wide ranging views and concerns and overwhelmingly agreed to reject the proposal and to continue to fight to remain on land where local people have been growing their own food for more than 180 years.
“We are informing the diocese of the results of the vote. We have offered to buy the land at agricultural rates which would help secure the allotments for the community in perpetuity. The Diocese has rejected that concept but in light of our overwhelming support we would very much hope they reconsider and instead help us to develop what is recognised universally as a much valued community asset.”
February 10th – you are invited …
… to walk in the footsteps of local hero Joseph Arch and join us to celebrate his life on Sunday February 10 outside The Stag in Wellesbourne where the Hereburgh Morris Dancers will be performing, for an Arch speech and community singing.
For those who would like to join us on the Joseph Arch Way walk, we have arranged transport with community bus Back and 4th. Free minibuses (contributions welcome!) will leave from outside The Stag at 8.45, 9.15 and 9.45 am on Sunday 10th February to take people to the start of the walk. The walk will be guided and will take around 2.5hrs ending up at the Stag at around 1pm . The route is relatively flat but it is across country so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes! Anyone wishing join the walk should contact email@example.com for further details and to book a place on the bus. Spaces on the buses are limited and will be allocated first come, first served and must be pre-booked
At 1.15pm 10th February everyone is welcome – walkers and non walkers – to join us outside the Stag where the Hereburgh Morris dancers will be performing, our own ‘Joseph Arch’ will be giving a short rousing speech and a new local community choir will be leading us in songs. Celebrations are expected to wrap up at 3pm – and its all free!
Joseph Arch was a local campaigner turned MP who did much to promote the rights of agricultural labourers and supported the allotment movement. His groundbreaking speech under the Chestnut Tree outside the Stag proved a pivotal moment in history. These celebrations mark 100 years since his death.
Vote on future of our allotments
All Wellesbourne Allotment Association Plotholders should now have received a letter giving notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) being held at Wellesbourne Village Hall on Wednesday 16 January at 7pm
The meeting will table the offer we have now received from Coventry Diocese, give a chance for discussion and ask whether you wish to accept or reject the offer. A copy of the offer was emailed to all plotholders on 21st November together with a letter from Chair Ian Hope.
This is the first EGM to have been held for more than 20 years and is vital to the future direction of Wellesbourne Allotments. Please attend and bring your ballot paper with you. One vote per registered plot holder! If you cannot make the meeting please return your ballot paper as per the instructions in the letter by 15 January
School garden club flourishes
This is our small but thriving gardening club allotment at Wellesbourne
CE Primary School. Gardening club takes place for an hour after school
on Wednesdays (although this is not set in stone). We garden in September
and October, then March through to July. We try to have 2 adult gardeners
and a teacher with 12-15 children from year 1 and 2. I’m the teacher
as my classroom adjoins the garden (this is why we need the help of REAL
gardeners like Mr Oram form Wellesbourne Allotment Association as
I’m not green fingered at all!) The children absolutely LOVE to
garden and for some it is their only experience of where their food really
comes from. Please do come and have a look at what we have achieved and,
if you have the odd hour to spare, volunteer to help.
June 2018 Position statement
On 21 May 2018, Diocesan Secretary Ruth Marlow informed us the Glebe
Committee would be meeting later that week and would be discussing the
allotments and in particular whether to sell options to develop on half
the Allotment Association plots while offering us adjoining farmland (part
of which is flood plain) together with some as yet unspecified security
Looking back …
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.
Allotment NGS Open Day
To find the allotments, please use the following address:
Or follow this link for Google Street View & Maps
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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!