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Graham Smith Funeral

For those of you who have not been told, the funeral of Graham Smith formerly of Black Pit Lane, will be taking place at Yardley Crematorium at 11:30, Tuesday the 14th of July Julie, Grahams niece, has said that anyone who knew him is welcome to attend his funeral. The family want to celebrate his life and his time at Black Pit Lane Allotments which was a very important part of Grahams life. There will be some refreshments afterwards at Graham's flat which is located in Regents Walk just around the corner from the Black Pit Lane Site. Hope to ...
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”Getting an allotment in Birmingham has definitely had a positive impact on my life. Yes, it’s been hard work, but ultimately worth it” – Allotment Holder

Welcome to the new website of the Ward End Gardeners Association (WEGA) – a Birmingham allotment association which manages 5 sites in Ward End, B8. The first aim of this website is to tell newcomers all about our beautiful sites in the heart of Birmingham, where they are, what they have to offer, how much they cost and how to rent one. You can explore the menu on the left hand side to view the comprehensive information that we have provided. We invite you to do so.

The second aim is to serve as a community hub, as a repository for the sharing of information and for plot holders to raise issues, to contribute ideas or to help with the overall management of our facilities. There is also a “members only” forum where you can raise your issues . If you are a plot holder, we encourage you to join the forum and contribute!

The association is voluntarily and democratically run entirely by the plot holders themselves. Everyone is welcome to contribute ideas and help if you feel inclined to do so. There are many things to get involved with from helping with site maintenance, administration or contributing for fundraisers and events

Featured Articles

Graham Smith – A sad loss

Members at Black Pit Lane site have been shocked and saddened this week at the sudden and unexpected death of Graham Smith. A local man living in the flats next to the site, Graham has been a familiar figure on the site since 2012. Initially he came along after retiring ...
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Diverse Garden Project

Another new venture is about to start at our hideaway site – St.Margarets Road. This is the smallest of the Ward End Gardeners Association sites in East Birmingham, but it’s packing a punch with all the developments there. This is the result of the partnership between the Association and Unity ...
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Create your oasis of peace

Allotments are hard work. There is no doubt about that. But they do not have to be punishing. A friend once said that his allotment had become an intolerable labour camp! One of the major reasons that people give up on allotments, is because they feel they have become unmanageable, ...
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Mobile gardens

You've heard of roof gardens, vertical gardens, water gardens, indoor/outdoor gardens. So why not mobile gardens? ones that you can take with you for a bit of instant green therapy wherever you are. Here's a couple of examples from the Gardeners World Live Show in 2019 where there was a ...
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Sowing seeds for the future – Diggers instead of Digitisers

How many of us older folks bemoan the time that youngsters spend on their mobiles and video games?  Back in the good old days, we say, kids used to be outdoors playing and finding out what the real world was all about.     But if you watch young children who haven’t ...
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St Margarets Rd Allotment Site revival

A year ago, St Margarets Rd Allotments, the smallest of our five allotment sites in Ward End, Birmingham, only had 6 plotholders and just over a third of its 22 plots occupied.   The site has no signboard and is near enough invisible as it’s accessed by an unsightly track between ...
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The Coronavirus Lockdown – gardening opportunities at home with WhatsApp

our Grow Your Own at Home Lockdown kit Daily life has changed for all of us, some more than most, and being in social isolation can be grim if you can’t do all the things you’re used to. For people with allotments who are used to the outdoors and the ...
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Coronavirus crisis: Going to your plot – yes or no?

You can’t move for information, advice and instructions at the moment, but a lot of them are general and it’s hard to take in when you’re thinking – Does this really apply to me? Quite a few of us plotholders are over 70, or have health problems of one sort ...
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Community News and Bulletins

One down, 91 up?

It takes many years, sometime centuries for a tree to reach maturity.  Yet someone with a chain saw can fell ...
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WEGA Facilities and Stores update

Since the Government imposed further restrictions to prevent Coronavirus from spreading so rapidly, we've been advised to close and limit ...
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An upside to social distancing?

A big plus for Ward End Gardeners Association allotment holders – and anyone else with an allotment – is the ...
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Coronovirus epidemic – is there anything positive to report?

When so much of the news is bad, and some of it is very bad indeed, it’s still possible to ...
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Coronavirus crisis: Going to your plot – yes or no?

You can’t move for information, advice and instructions at the moment, but a lot of them are general and it’s ...
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Bulletin – Coronavirus

Advice is arriving thick and fast, changing daily even hourly, about how we cope with the coronavirus pandemic. So how ...
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Lime Tree Rd Clear-up

In between the storms and floods, the big clear-up at our second biggest site has begun, with a few plotholders ...
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Fairholme Rd Site Clear-Up

Plotholders at one of the two small sites run by Ward End Gardeners Association have been in over-drive this week ...
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Recipes

Pumpkin treats

Pumpkin treat - savoury Pumpkin Scones This recipe makes scones with a difference – savoury, no sugar and with the ...
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Chick Pea Soup with Chard

About this recipe:  Chard is such a brilliant vegetable, easy to grow and it just keeps going through the winter ...
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Beetroot – Superfood

Beetroot If your only experience of beetroot is in salads with vinegar, then a beetroot glut on your allotment is ...
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Pancake day special

Here's a pancake day special supper you can cook up from allotment ingredients, as recommended by Vanessa, who used to ...
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Beetroot Soups

Borscht (Beetroot soup) Not every year is a good year for beetroot, but when it grows well, you’re going to ...
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Parsnip Soups

Yummy Parsnip Soup There are two main ways to make a soup featuring parsnips.  The quickest and most straight-forward generally ...
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