Growing Culture History Project

In 2020 Whetstone Stray Allotments was described as a site with a fascinating history:

Past and present Plot holders were interviewed for the Growing Culture Oral History project in 2019, with funding from the Heritage Lottery.  The recordings will be of great interest to historians of community gardening in the UK.
One of the interviewees, Judy Twilley, first came to Whetstone Stray allotments as a young girl, at that time there was no running water on site, and she recalls fetching water from the brook for her grandfather on his plot. She remembers the move from traditional British growing, a time when the allotments were all-male, and while she no longer has a plot on the site herself, she is still fondly remembered by many plot holders, and has kindly returned to judge the cakes in tour recent Annual Shows.
Maria Gambarini, one of the plot holders who has been on site for the longest time, also took part and recorded how she brought vegetable varieties from Italy.

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