William Dunbar/Saville House Allotment (active project now run by Granville Community Kitchen)


William Dunbar/Saville House Allotment (active project now run by Granville Community Kitchen)

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 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.

Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on March 14, 2012 at 9:34

That's great Stephanie - hope to see you next Wednesday. Michael

Comment by Stephanie Stuart on March 12, 2012 at 16:43

I'm keen to come and work on the allotment with you - I am off work for a while so could come on a weekday afternoon. this week I can't make it, despite the offer of horseradish, but I will try for the following week.

Comment by miko adam-kando on March 12, 2012 at 12:44
Sounds like a fab day!
we also had a great weekend of gardening at queens park, bring on summer :)
Comment by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on March 12, 2012 at 11:21

I want some of that dangerous horseradish!

Comment by Pete on March 12, 2012 at 11:02

Hi Everyone

Sunday was a gorgeous day and I spent a little time at the allotments to dig over a bed in preparation for planting up in a few weeks time. The soil was easy to turn although this particular patch was rampant with horseradish roots. I have managed to dig up a good quantity but inevitably there will be a few sprigs left that will burst into life as soon as my back is turned.


I saved some of the more substantial roots to preserve for future use as either a sauce or some  other condiment and, with the assistance of my partner, now have a couple of jam jars of grated radish ready for use at a later date.


I have a good number of large roots left and I will bring these in on Wednesday (14 March) for anyone who wants to take some either for growing or culinary use. If for growing then make sure you plant in a pot as this stuff goes rampant. If for cooking then you need to be aware that the roots are extremely hot and pungent. Do not prepare this root in a confined space. It is very strong and its heat intensity is akin to a Scotch Bonnet chilli pepper.


That aside my time at the allotment was pleasant and I enjoyed watching a pair of blue tits and great tits taking turns on the nuts and fat-filled coconut hanging on the fruit trees. These were also visited by a solitary long-tail tit (fluffy pink birds smaller than the blue although, not surprisingly, with a long tail). There were also a number of bumble bees seeking out the first offerings of nectar from a few of the flowers that have started to open (including the broad beans). I am not up t speed with the different varieties of bumble bee but there were at least two different species.


I hope to see some of you on Wednesday.


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