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Taster Day & BQ – Sat 13/07 11-15 – Southend in Transition – Community Allotment

Taster Day – Sat 13/07 11-15

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

Taster Day & BQ- Sat 13/07 11-15
A glorious day at the plot with some weeding, watering, DIY to build raised bed and storage and of course a shared meal and BQ!

Taster Day – Sun 28/07 11-15

The plot is blooming so lots of hands will make it even more productive and beatiful.

Past days

Good company on the plot

Summer days on the plot Sat 8th June

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local – 31/07 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

Repair Cafe sign up and look out for more

Regular opportunities:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut. or 07766727266

and more:

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

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility



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

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko


Southend in Transition

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Good company on the plot

The weather has been changing from session to session but it is great to see the plot blooming with the warmer weather.

Lots of visitors such as the robin flying around and walking the beds looking for worms we might have dug up.

Today we worked with Krishna on the raised beds in the corner of the plot, Kacper, Vida and Sally Ann filled it with waste work wood covered with coffee and soil. Natasha cleared the space under the willow dome and fed the potatoes, Fiona watered the poor little trees and looked after the greenhouse, Susan and Linda planted and weeded, and weeded some more. Kids made an impressive ecosystem for the snail:) Austin watered the bed and his trousers while Alicja and Nicola fed us some healthy grub, Geoff and Kerry weeded and earth’s up the potatoes, cut down some comfrey, Alfie watered and fed the plants with the spent coffee. Busy and happy indeed. Oh and we had peach Ice cream🍨

Windy but sunny

Wow, despite the gusts of wind out faithful group got on with the work on the plot. The temperature felt at moments warm and then cold so was hard to decide which layer to keep on.

Fiona worked on the greenhouse sowing seeds, we joked it was the best job on a day like this. Penny visited for a good chat and cup of tea, Mia and Billy planted potatoes and watered them with water from the fish pond and I emptied some horse manure onto one of the compost mounds and then started clearing the side of the composer. We can than create another bay and at the back build the long awaited deluxe storage.

We had some simple lunch with home made bread, salad and cheese, cake and jelly.

The bees continue to take a lot of water from our watercress tray. Richard advised that their honey crystallized so they use it to dissolve it. There was a humongous bumble bee drying out in the sun- sorry for splashing you!

The water storage at the bag of the shed works great Duncan and will cut down on our use of the mains.

Spring, buds and flowers

Some great weather* and company allowed us to get lots of work done. Shed being set up which will keep us dry during wet times and which we hope to make into a nature museum with curiosities such as skins shed by snakes, dried out beetles and plants to give kids a chance to be a little allotment scientist.

The long awaited clear out of the raspberry/strawberry bed took place and Bethany and Susan did not shy away from the hard labour. The children fed the plants and enjoyed the obstacle course.  Thank you Tilly, Mia and Steven, Duncan, Fiona, new visitor and the photographer Alistair who took the photos for the Echo.

*our happiness about it is dampened by the fact these weather anomalies are due to human induced climate change so we continue to take practical and political action to address the causes while benefiting the allotment’s health creation effect to keep ourselves well.