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Transition Loughborough Community Allotment


We need to make better use of the land we have locally to grow our food, rather than relying on imports from around the world. The Food and Gardens sub-group of Transition Loughborough is tackling this issue by helping people start growing their own fruit and vegetables, making better use of the food that we already have in the town and encouraging people to learn how to cook rather than relying on pre-prepared meals and fast food snacks. Hopefully this will lead to a more resilient and healthier population in the town!

 

The major project undertaken by this group is the Transition Loughborough Community Allotment – a set of three allotment plots on the site off King George Road where people can come together to share the gardens, produce and skills.

We’re aiming to cover a variety of growing styles and needs.  These include:

  • an area for “accessible growing” with raised planters for people who find it difficult to bend down to the ground to sow, plant and harvest,
  • a plot with a traditional allotment rotation to grow the sorts of crops that allotment and back garden growers are used to (potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, onions, etc),
  • a “Global Foods” area for members of the community that want to grow rather more exotic or non-traditional crops (eg Asian vegetables),
  • A covered space for crops that need a bit of protection from the elements,
  • Composting area, including plans for a composting toilet,
  • A wildlife pond to encourage small predators to help control pests on the plots,
  • A “nectar bar” to provide pollinators with a long season of suitable flowers to feed from,
  • Beds for perennial vegetables (ones that come up year after year, rather than needing to be sown fresh each year),
  • Soft fruit such as raspberries, black currants and gooseberries.

During the summer months we tend to meet regularly on Wednesday evenings between 5.30pm and 7pm, although other groups can use the plot at other times during the week. Come along to one of our Wednesday sessions, meet the other Transition users and get growing! or contact us via our website.

One Response to “Transition Loughborough Community Allotment”

  1. jonathanofarrell says:

    Sounds fab! Keep up the good work. We’ll perhaps have to try and arrange a visit or two?

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