The longer days and sight of green shoots appearing in January have prompted an influx of new people to join our ranks!
Over the past month or so, 5 new local people have signed on the dotted line to take on a plot at two of the Ward End Gardeners Association sites. The word is spreading.
So a warm welcome to our new members who’ve decided they’d like to have a go at growing their own vegetables and fruit: Javed, Orangzaib, Shoaib, Izzy and Joe at Black Pit Lane, and Tahra at Lime Tree Road.
It’s especially good that more people living nearby are discovering where the sites are and turning up to find out for themselves the benefits of gardening. They can take heart from the new people who got going in 2019 – some were harvesting their first greens and pumpkins within months!
Last year’s newcomers
Belated welcomes to the individuals and their families who started in 2019:
Jamila, Altaf and Laila at Northleigh Road, Nazir, Abdel, Mehtab, Ahmed, Mohammed and Ishfark at Lime Tree Road, Stephen at Blackpit Lane, and Shane, Olajide and Bridget at Fairholme Road.
At St.Margarets Road site, the two new lettings last year were to Flying High Nursery which took on a plot to provide an outdoor play area for their children, and the New Shoots Gardening Club, organised by WEGA and supported by St.Margarets Community Trust.
Other groups and educational organisations would be welcome at any of the sites. Washwood Heath Nursery has been renting two plots for a forest school at St.Margarets Road site since 2009 and it makes sense for any group without any land or greenery for outdoor activities to think about how an allotment plot could enhance what they provide.