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 miko adam-kando on June 10, 2012 at 19:11

Brilliant Marjory, so glad it's going so well!

Comment by marjory fraser on June 4, 2012 at 21:21

Since we started our weekly meetings in March we have had about 10 people coming along on a Wednesday afternoon. People are getting to know each other, friendships are emerging and a community of growers developing. Individual plots have been allocated to five people. Compost and manure has been dug in and enriched the soil. The communal plots have been planted out with beetroot, potatoes, spinach, garlic, strawberries, runner beans, climbing french beans, broad beans and rhubarb. Since March we have harvested purple sprouting broccoli (the leaves are wonderful steamed) and kale which has meant that everyone has been able to take something home to cook. Broccoli that went to flower was picked for a bouquet with a difference. The aggressively, invasive horseradish was dug up and used in a Passover meal. We now have the cherries, redcurrants and plums to look forward to and hope to do some preserving as a group. To contribute towards biodiversity fat balls and a nut feeder were put up. One of the unexpected joys of the allotment has been watching and hearing the huge number of birds that have been coming to the space. The birdsong a wonderful contrast to the sound of heavy traffic on Carlton Vale! Last week the pear and apple trees were full of young and not so young great tits and blue tits. Blackbirds seem to have set up home in the the large tree just outside the tool shed. A haven of wildlife only 30 seconds away from densely populated streets. We welcome all growers and are there on Wednesdays between 2.30 and 4.30. You dont have to commit to coming every week or have a lot of experience you just need to be interested in growing food.

Comment by Stephanie Stuart on May 4, 2012 at 14:42

So sorry I didn't make it this week - I will try again next week.

Comment by Stephanie Stuart on April 26, 2012 at 16:33

Hopefully it won't be too wet next week - just enough to encourage the plants, and not discourage us.

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on April 26, 2012 at 15:32

Despite the rain yesterday two of us did some token weeding, a new sign went up and the store-room is now tidier. 

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on April 23, 2012 at 13:10

Thanks Stephanie!

Comment by Stephanie Stuart on April 23, 2012 at 12:29

Marjory and Michael - I don't have your phone numbers, but just to say that I won't be around at the allotment on Wednesday this week - back the following week. Stephanie

Comment by marjory fraser on March 26, 2012 at 17:51
Hi Steven
Thanks for your interest. At the moment we are only there on Wednesday afternoons. If we have any work days at weekends I will post it on the site and let you know. If you have an unexpected free Wednesday come and see what we are doing.
Comment by Steven Tart on March 26, 2012 at 10:13

Hi. Although Wednesday afternoon's are impossible for me, if there are any other times that would be appropriate for me to come and help out, please do let me know.

I helped recently at the Queens Park allotment and made this timeplase video. Cheers


Comment by marjory fraser on March 14, 2012 at 10:27

A successful meeting was held with residents last month to kickstart the growing season. We now have the beginings of an informal steering group comprising of one resident, one employee of the South Kilburn Regeneration Trust and three volunteers from KTK. We have bought some lovely tools with our grant money from Capital Growth and cant wait to get planting. Last week we dug over part of a bed, dug in manure and planted two rhubarb crowns. We plan to have wigwams of runner beans, spinach and beetroot as all of these did well last year. We also have had two applications for individual plots. Allocated one plot and one half plot. We are still hopeful that the work to resurface the paths and instal two raised beds will go ahead in May. Everyone is welcome to come along and work communally on a Wednesday afternoon 2.30-4.30. Priority for individual sites will be given to residents of the blocks and those resident in the South Kilburn area.


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