About the Community Plot
Allotment gardening is great for health and wellbeing but not everyone can manage a traditional allotment plot alone, and we want to make sure that as many people as possible can benefit. We are setting up a Community Plot for adults, who need support to garden, and volunteers to grow together, take part in our site activities and connect with nature.
There are many opportunities for different types of learning and growth, not only vegetable growing and gardening, but also learning about the environment and using eco-therapy to increase confidence and self esteem.
We are planning a beautiful, disabled access allotment garden with a large polytunnel and pond. When the Community Plot is set up, it will be open to membership groups for half or full day sessions. Meanwhile, we will hold Volunteer Working Parties to develop it from the ‘ground up’.
From May 23rd there will be sessions every Monday from 2-5pm. If you want to take part, contact Barnet Time Bank or Barnet Volunteering Matters
The following organisations are members of our Steering Group:
Barnet & Harrow Public Health
Barnet Mencap: www.barnetmencap.org.uk
Barnet Timebank: barnet.timebanking.org
Barnet Eclipse (Richmond Fellowship) eclipsebarnet.org.uk
Barnet Volunteering Matters volunteeringmatters.org.uk
This is how the plot looks now…
Watch this space for updates on progress.
So far, we have raised £2,500 for the Community Plot from the Postcode Lottery, Kitchen Gardeners International and plot holders. We hope to raise £10,000 for the initial phase, which will see the plot fully up and running. This will include a large polytunnel, disabled access and raised beds, and a pond.
Would your company be interested in sponsoring the Community Plot, either with a donation of funds or materials, or with volunteer activity?
Supporting the Community Plot is an excellent way to promote community cohesion, reduce social isolation, improve public space and local health and wellbeing. If you think your company would be interested to get involved, no matter how big or small, please get in touch to discuss: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barnet Mencap Newsletter
The Community Plot is featured in the latest issue of the Barnet Mencap Newsletter: Barnet Mencap Newsletter March 2016-3