William Dunbar/Saville House Allotment (active project)


William Dunbar/Saville House Allotment (active project)

We're here every Wed 2.30-4.30pm. Do join us to garden or say hello. We've restarted the allotment with local residents at William Dunbar/Saville House. Best way to find us is to go up  Albert Road and turn right just past the low building and look out for the greenery. 

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Comment by marjory fraser on November 6, 2012 at 15:15

Last week so that the allotment didnt miss out on Halloween (or to reconnect with pagan roots) someone kindly left us two (plastic) skeletons on sticks to watch over us whilst we were working. Four of us plus our honorary member the robin, fought off the cold to plant more onions and garlic. So far the young brocolli seems to be surviving under its shelter of fleece. Thanks Pete for the kohlrabi from your plot which sadly lost its beautiful colour so quickly after being picked. The battle with the squirrel over the nut feeder continues and is not lost or won yet. Imagine the despair on finding that squirrel has found a way to force up the mesh of our lovely new feeder. We are searching for a way to keep  his claws out but not yet found it ........

I attended a resident involvement meeting today in the resident's room in one of the blocks. It was great to see their newly restored and decorated room up and running. One resident has declared a positive interest in becoming involved in the allotment. There is also a possiblity of  doing some preserving with the allotment fruit next year when the resident's room gets a cooker.

There will be no meeting this Wednesday. Our last meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 14 November. Hopefully we will get some kale to complete our winter planting.  A warm welcome to anyone who is brave enough to face the cold!



Comment by marjory fraser on October 15, 2012 at 18:24

Six of us plus two visitors had a lovely day on Wednesday. Digging over and digging in manure made me think back to when we started last year and how hard the ground was.  A drill for digging up roads might have been useful but back breaking work by volunteers has really paid off! Adding manure at the start of the growing year greatly enhanced the soil which had been left to its own devices for the last ten years. Instead of hitting a rock hard surface the spade now glides through the earth  - we even have our own worms to help us do the work! Sadly no sign of the robin this week. Garlic, shallots and Japanese onions were planted out in our slightly haphazard crop rotation plan. It was lovely to have a visit and make links with Lesley from Granville Community Centre. We sent her away with a large bunch of chives and hope to return the visit to view their fruit growing beds. Keeping the best till last ......we harvested the sweetcorn and just had enough to share out with everyone. It tasted devine so that goes to prove that small harvests have big impact!  Thanks Lynn for the green tomatoes which I have now turned into chutney. Thanks also to Mohan, Stephanie, Paula and Tayho for all your enthusiasm and committment in keeping the space vibrant and alive. Everyone is keen to carry on so long as the weather holds up so we will be there at least for the next few weeks.  

Comment by marjory fraser on October 3, 2012 at 19:05

Five of us (with our resident robin watching from the sidelines waiting eagerly for  worms!) turned over the soil and dug in some lovely, rich, manure. Although the beans have been disapointingly poor the potatoes have been surprisingly abundant. For the last few weeks we have been overjoyed with the number of large, beautiful potatoes that have been harvested. Not only have they rewarded us with a large crop  they have also been undemanding in attention, sitting in the ground working away on their own waiting to be turned into delicious meals - so win, win, all round. Other delights have been the parsley which started off as a few small plugs and has now turned into large, green clumps. We still wait for the grapes to ripen - maybe in time for Christmas? Thanks to everyone who has contributed and worked towards making this into such a productive, friendly space.

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on September 23, 2012 at 13:13

We transplanted some raspberry canes this week and harvested runner beans, raspberries and salad. After the dry spell we needed to water though looking out of the window now that's hard to believe.

Comment by marjory fraser on September 16, 2012 at 18:13

More allotment tales or tails?

We continue to have interesting and productive times at our food growing space. We were surprised when filling up the wheel barrow with some old bags of grass seed that had burst open to see a tail! Seems a  mouse had set up home in one of the bags and was about to be made homeless. We let it free and hopefully it will find somewhere else to set up a home. There were further surprises when I found what I thought was a slug attached to a potato only to be informed that it was a leech! Now how did that get there? Our final wildlife tale is that we have been adopted by a robin who follows us around looking for worms and food. Our committed group of gardeners continue to meet weekly and with their energy we have produced:  a wonderful harvest of potatoes, sweetcorn that are forming their cobs, runner beans, French climbing beans, beetroot and parsley. The plums were shared out and ended up as chutney, compote and muffins. We have just planted some leeks and are thinking about what can sustain us through the winter. Although some of our planting has not produced a huge harvest one of our food growers pointed out that "our vegetables are special because they have good vibrations!" Last week some of us went to visit the vegetable garden on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank. We exchanged tales with the gardeners and were given a verbena plant for the allotment which will attract butterflies. We picked up some great ideas such as making our own herb garden, planting a few unusual vegetables and putting up a chalk board so we can record what is growing.  We will continue meeting weekly until mid to end October then have a review. Everyone is welcome to come along on a Wednesday 2.30-4.30 until then.

Comment by Anna Mackee on August 31, 2012 at 12:11

Great Miko.  Have emailed you the address.  Anna

Comment by miko adam-kando on August 31, 2012 at 11:07

Hi Anna,

Thanks for offer!

Queens park could do with some, I would love to have some at mine (for use for me at home and for planting/potting up seedlings to go to park).

Have just sold van (awaiting collection from mine) so could pick up the odd bag now and then if that's OK using my scooter.

email me if could with your address? miko (at symbol here) talk21.com

thanks again,


Comment by Anna Mackee on August 31, 2012 at 9:11


Everyone, just found your group online.  I have some good quality top soil going spare and was looking for local gardening clubs to give it to. 

I ordered a tonne and have used about half, the remainder is in a large bag on a pallet on the road outside my house near Kilburn Park tube.  Not sure how you could transport it to Queens Park, but you are very welcome to it if you can make good use of it.

Or if any of you are pot gardeners like me and need some soil!

Please get in touch if it is of interest


Comment by marjory fraser on August 22, 2012 at 22:36

Although our picnic last week was rather wet and windswept we did enjoy some lovely homemade mint chutney and homemade cake with salad and beetroot from the allotment. In complete contrast today brought not just sunshine but 10 people who were eager to weed and water and catch up with each others news. None of us could believe it when we dug up the potatoes and found a gigantic crop. Our best harvest ever with the runner beans coming in at a close second. Quite late in the season we put in a row of sweetcorn which has turned out to be an unexpected  star. Despite the absence of sunshine the cobs are forming - we just have to hope that they will ripen. The French climbing beans have produced lovely purple pods but there are just not enough of them and they are covered in blackfly. The strawberries have also been more than poor. The grapes are yet to come and we hope that our ruthless pruning out of the bunches will give us some reward. One of the best things to come out of the allotment has been the sharing of the harvest and hearing the following week what everyone has done with their produce. Everyone is welcome to come along Wednesday 2.30-4.30.

Comment by marjory fraser on August 5, 2012 at 17:10

We continue to attract between 5 and 10 people every week to the allotment. Its been great to see residents who got involved last summer return, resume friendships and enjoy a no cost activity for their families in the school holidays. The heavy rain last month resulted in a lot of bolted beetroot not to mention persistant weeds or you might prefer to call them plants in the wrong place! The salads have done slightly better. The climbing beans which had taken on a very yellow, sickly appearance have turned green and healthy and thankfully decided to shoot up the poles. The ten year old redcurrant bushes rewarded us yet again with a wonderful crop. Although I only ended up with one and a half jars of  jam from my harvest I am hopeful that quality will win over quantity! Our resident blue tit population must have expanded as they are now emptying a large nut feeder in less than a week. On Wednesday 15 August 2.30-4.30 we will have a picnic at the allotment. Anyone who has been involved in the allotment or wants to visit and/or get involved is welcome. Please bring some food to share.  The entrance by the car park next to the church on Carlton Vale is open again.


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