Taster Day – Thu 20/12 10-13:30 Southend in Transition – Community Allotment

Taster Day – Thu 20/12 10-13:30

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Southend in Transition Community Allotment

(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Thu 20/12 10-13:30

Tending to the beds.

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local – 30/01 Wed 19:00 Railway Hotel pop in for THE community social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

Rebellion Day 2 24th Nov – Hosted by Extinction Rebellion, London

We Men Can Talk 25/11

18-20:30 The Yoga Factory Southend

EWT Local Group – "Plastic And The Seas" 13th Dec 19:30 Essex Wildlife Trust – Belfairs Woodland Centre

Regular opportunities:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

Amazing World and Life Changing Books Selection – Fundraiser for SiT

TonyWagstaff.uk or 07766727266

Earthangel Allotment School, Mendip Wildlife Gardens, St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links,Community Tree Nursery

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • leave us a review here and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Last days of 2018

Bonfire Celebrations

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

07411457259

Southend in Transition

Email UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving updates for the plot.

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Last days of 2018

We braved it and there we were ready to tackle the sprawling grapevine which blessed us with kilograms of sweets fruit and the triangle bed which was home to the broad beans and some strawberries which sneaked their way in.

Duncan did a quick online course on pruning and there he was bringing order. I used our homemade compost to enrich the bed and planted Just add Cream strawberry saplings. Oh what a feast this will be.

Join us in 2019.

Taster Day – Sun 9/12 10-14 Southend in Transition – Community Allotment

Taster Day – Sun 9/12 10-14

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Southend in Transition Community Allotment

(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Sun 9/11 10-14

Tending to the beds. Vine pruning.

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local – 30/01 Wed 19:00 Railway Hotel pop in for THE community social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

Rebellion Day 2 24th Nov – Hosted by Extinction Rebellion, London

We Men Can Talk 25/11

18-20:30 The Yoga Factory Southend

Tis the Season Southend Soup 8/12 13-16 Thorpe Bay Baptist Church

EWT Local Group – "Plastic And The Seas" 13th Dec 19:30 Essex Wildlife Trust – Belfairs Woodland Centre

Work Day for Wildlife – Festive gathering and tidy up session · – 16/12

Mendip Wildlife Garden

Regular opportunities:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

Amazing World and Life Changing Books Selection – Fundraiser for SiT

TonyWagstaff.uk or 07766727266

Earthangel Allotment School, Mendip Wildlife Gardens, St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links,Community Tree Nursery

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • leave us a review here and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Bonfire Celebrations

Back to the land

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

07411457259

Southend in Transition

Email UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving updates for the plot.

Sat 10th Novem ’18 Notice no Berrhh in November ;-)

A bonus warm and bright day just perfect for late season pottering and preparing the plot for the winter weather, which must be arriving at some stage?

Fiona and I arrived on the plot and were greeted with the burst of autumnal colour  and begun with a bit of mooching to got a feel for what the plot seemed to need.

We decided to hold off on the grape vine pruning until the leaves had fully dropped.

Fiona set about cutting back the lavender bushes which sit at the start of the raised beds and really need transplanting so they can grow free.  Fiona took the opportunity to attempt to bring some cuttings on.  Lavender hedges are not only fragrantly beautiful but useful too.  Meanwhile I set about connecting the sheds guttering up to our mega butt.

Meanwhile regular volunteers Susan and linda immersed themselves in some titivating of the raised beds while chit chatting and soaking up the rays.

After a satisfying mornings session we were more than ready for one of Fiona’s nutritious bean stews, mopped up with french loafs donated by the Co-op’s surplus food programme.

We will leave you with a few more photos and look forward to welcoming you to join us for next community allotment installment where you could learn how to prune a grape vine correctly for great yields, talk compost or just enjoy a cup of tea in the fresh air.  Next plot day  Sunday 25th Nov 10-2pm.

Thanks for your interest Duncan and the team.:-)

 

Bonfire Celebrations

At this time of the year our allotment society allows bonfires for a limited time. It is a time to clear up debris on the plot and generate valuable potash. Also it is a lot of fun! We on the Southend on Transition plot make the most of it by having a cook out as well. It is becoming a bit of a tradition.

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It was a beautiful balmy autumm morning when we arrived on the plot. It was already smoky from a number of other bonfires. Work started on chopping wood and bulding up the fire, a carefully chosen spot away from our new fruit trees. I had noticed that some other people had built up their bonfire a few weeks before. This can be dangerous to hedgehogs and other small creatures. Please check your woodpile and bonfire pile before lighting it.

Friends and new friends arrived, lots of happy children and adults.

As the coals burnt down a bit the feast was set cooking. Alicja did a marvelous job feeding lots of hungry tums. There was chat, music and a bit of work. Our magnificent pumkins and squashes were harvested.

And there was cake and of course marshmallows to toast and a yummy contribution, chocolate stuffed bannanas to cook on the fire.

The flames were built higher and I felt the additional warmth of friendship and community spirit. The afternoon shadows grew longer but we were in no hurry to leave.

And then it was the moment Nella had been waiting for … firefighter practice. As the she wielded the hosepipe professionally she was engulfed in smoke and shouted triumphantly ” I am the best firefighter” …thats girl power!

 

Another fine day on the plot.

 

 

 

Back to the land

The last few weeks have been a personal celebration for me, the joy of being out on the land after a long 4 months recuperating from an operation. I was a spectator through the window as summer passed. Now I am back! It was a joy to see the plot again, to see the changes that the hard work of my fellow allotmenteers have made. There has been a few work parties of volunteers who have made a huge difference.

This day Janet set to weeding the raised beds, Susan thinned out the strawberry runners. Duncan and Kamil worked on setting up the huge water butt ( there is a technical term for it that escapes me)  This will hugely increase our rainwater harvesting capacity and we can run hose pipes from it.

waterbutt

I got stuck in potting up the abundance of strawberry plants. This variety are very prolific, I can recommend them!

And the harvest

SIT wine perhaps?

Looking forward to the next plot day… this Saturday 13th October.

Part Two … Apple Day

Apple day bag

This is my favourite community event of the year and a real celebration of all things apple. It is organised by Trust Links, a local mental health charity.

They have wonderful theraputic gardening projects and manage St Laurence Orchard which is an ancient orchard in Eastwood. Southend in Transition usually have a stall there to raise some funds.

appleday ron

Our stall had crafts, homemade “free from ” baking, homemade preserves, books and handmade items. We also bought along some strawberry plants and of course there was apple bobbing.

 

The cakes sold out quickly and the bag and wooden apple painting were very popular. The best thing about the day is seeing people enjoying this wonderful ancient orchard and catching up with friends. And the rain held off until packing up time. The next event there will be Wassailing in January.