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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Latest Activity: May 13

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Comment by Michael Stuart on August 22, 2011 at 9:06
We're now using coffee grounds from the nearby Italian cafe and have a new recycled compost bin, courtesy of Way2Save on Kilburn High Road letting us have a watermelon crate + Miko's transporting it for us.
Comment by Michael Stuart on August 15, 2011 at 8:46
The beans are flowering well, beetroot very tasty and spinach being harvested. We now have a hose and hoe to make watering and weeding easier. And our Transition Town and Capital Growth signs are up so we're official.
Comment by Michael Stuart on June 29, 2011 at 16:43
12 people came by this Wednesday to help or chat. We harvested almost the last morello cherries, some more redcurrants and a few beetroot. Also watered and freed lavender from the horrid bindweed. Two of the people said they're going to dig new beds to grow more veg.
Comment by marjory fraser on June 6, 2011 at 18:07
I spent the first 30 minutes on Saturday on my own thinking no one was going to turn up - then 6 people came! Two people are going to do some watering and we have an offer of chilli and tomato seedlings. Half of another bed was dug over and we plan to put in a wigwam of beans and some sunflowers. Despite the harsh conditions everything seems to be thriving. The cherries and redcurrants are nearly ripe. There is a large amount of horseradish. I have taken some home to try and pickle it. Anyone any idea whats the best way to do this? I will be at the garden on Wednesday 3ish to 4.30 if anyone wants to come and have a look at the progress.
Comment by miko adam-kando on May 31, 2011 at 21:13

Sounds fab!

Making my mouth water :)

Wish I had time to come along, enjoy!

Comment by marjory fraser on May 30, 2011 at 10:44
The three planted up beds continue to thrive despite the wind and  lack of rain. So far the garden has proved high on caretaker involvement and low on resident involvement. The caretakers have now planted up potatoes and onions and have requested okra and chilli. There is no end to their enthusiasm! We picked the rhubarb some of which became rhubarb and ginger chutney. The resident raspberries, as opposed to the newly planted, are ripe and the red currants about to be ripe. Its got to be one of life's happy accidents that the overflow pipe from the caretakers premises runs straight into the vine! Looks like we shall have a good crop of grapes this year! I shall be at the garden this and every Wednesday from about 3.30-4.30. I will also be there this coming Saturday 4 June between 12 and 2.00 if anyone would like to come along.  
Comment by marjory fraser on May 18, 2011 at 18:28
I will be at the garden every Wednesday between 3.30 and 4.30. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come and have a look around. It would be great if someone could co run the allotment with me. We could then meet on a Saturday morning which I think is better for the residents. So far most of what we have planted has come up. The care takers are keen to have their own bed to plant up with carrots and potatoes.  In addition to what has been planted there is also rhubarb, rocket, herbs and the fruit trees. 
Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on May 13, 2011 at 13:10
Next gardening session is Sat 14th from 11am-1pm!
Comment by marjory fraser on May 2, 2011 at 8:19

I attended a residents association meeting on Wednesday and discussed the garden. There were some concerns around dog mess, the area having previously been used by drug users and needles being discarded and general security - however apart from that most residents were positive but no one so far has come forward to take a more active role.

We had our second work meeting on Saturday and dug and planted a third bed with raspberries and herbs. A few residents came to see what we were doing and were generally positive to see something happening in the garden. Children are always keen to help out so its easy to engage them We were able eventually, through Michael's contact with a resident he knew, to find the key to the storage shed! We were also able to then turn on the water!!! Much joy and celebration!!


The next step is to do a door knock of the blocks, hopefully with a resident, and have a personal discussion about the herbs that are already in the garden that can be used in cooking etc. If we are unable to engage a small group of residents who would be willing to take on a more active role we will think about widening the publicity out to the other blocks on the estate.


Currently myself and Michael with the help of the caretakers (who are very enthusiastic about the garden) are covering the watering but we really need more residents involved. I have been in contact with BHP about various practical isues. The sight is very windy and we could really do with a wind break on the planted beds.

Comment by marjory fraser on April 26, 2011 at 9:42

We had our first work group yesterday at the garden. Very hard work as the ground was baked dry but with the help of strong volunteers we managed to clear two beds. A small number of residents took part and others came to see what we were doing. Everyone was very enthusiastic. We planted up the beds with spinach, beetroot, onions, shallots and garlic. I have sent an email to Jill Stringfellow at BHP seeking help with access to water and access to storage for tools. Everyone seems to have taken the week off so will have to wait until next week for a response.


Michael and I will cover the watering this week. Thankfully it is now a bit cooler. The next work group will be on Saturday 30 April between 11-1.00. Coriander has been requested by a resident so I will try and get some.  Everyone welcome.  Refreshments will be provided.


The residents assocation are having their AGM tomorrow night which I plan to attend.


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