Allotment Volunteers Open Day – Sunday 12th June 2016

Growing Newsome Community Allotment

Allotment Volunteers Open Day
Sunday 12th June 2016
From 10am to 12 noon

Growing Newsome Community Allotment
entrance between 67 & 69 Ashenhurst Avenue, Newsome, Huddersfield HD4 6PX

Can you spare an hour or two? We’re looking for new volunteers to join us at our community allotment. From sitting down sowing some seeds in our potting shed to doing some digging or helping with DIY tasks, there’s something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to learn and to meet people, or just to spend some quiet time outdoors.

If you’re interested in helping out, please come along to our Sunday morning gathering to celebrate Volunteers Week 2016. You can have a look around, join in some practical allotment activities to give it a try, ask questions, and meet other local growers.

Refreshments are provided and we have space under cover in case it rains.

For more information contact Diane at growingnewsome@gmail.com

Find out more about our Community Allotment

Print our poster:
Allotment Volunteers Open Day poster (PDF)

Volunteers Week 2016

 

Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2015 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together at the Growing Newsome community allotment, at Stirley Farm, and in lots of other places across our community. This year the Growing Newsome elves were finalists in the National Lottery Awards – a huge achievement for a small local group – and Stirley Farm appeared on BBC Countryfile. We have much to celebrate. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us since the beginning, to everyone who has participated along the way, and those of you who may be our food growers of the future. Enjoy.

Oh, and we can’t look back on 2015 without saying farewell and thank you to our Toby. He even did the washing up before leaving :’-(
 

 
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Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald in Coronation Street) visits the Growing Newsome Community Allotment – media roundup

Simon Gregson with Growing Newsome Thank you very much to Simon Gregson for visiting our community allotment on Tuesday 28th July 2015. He came to see how we’ve spent our Lottery funding to make our community allotment easier for our volunteers to look after. We were also celebrating reaching the Finals of the National Lottery Awards – a huge achievement for our little bunch of food growers. Have a look at our Growing for All Seasons page for more details about our lottery-funded project.

Our thanks to Vicci Moyles from the National Lottery Promotions Unit for organising Simon’s visit, and to all the press and media who turned out on a rainy Tuesday morning to help share our story. For those who have lost track of our mini media frenzy, here’s a roundup of all the links so that you can listen, watch and read again.
 


ITV Calendar

ITV Calendar filming at our allotment

ITV Calendar filming at our allotment

Watch ITV Calendar again:

Corrie favourite gets green fingers in support of allotments
 


BBC Radio Leeds

Radio Leeds at our allotment

Radio Leeds at our allotment

Listen again to BBC Radio Leeds:

Simon Gregson visits Growing Newsome

Video clip from BBC Radio Leeds:

Corrie star Steve McDonald – aka actor Simon Gregson – with Diane Sims from the Growing Newsome Community Allotment project.
 


Pulse Radio

Pulse Radio at our allotment

Pulse Radio at our allotment

Listen again to Pulse Radio:

Steve McDonald from Coronation Street in Huddersfield

 


Huddersfield Examiner

Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald actor Simon Gregson gets green-fingered at Growing Newsome to help them win National Lottery public vote

Huddersfield Examiner photo gallery from our allotment

Gallery – Coronation Street Steve McDonald actor Simon Gregson at Growing Newsome

 


Horticulture Week

Coronation Street star promotes lottery awards at allotment project
 


Soaplife magazine

Feature in Soaplife magazine

 


Twitter selection

 


Facebook selection

Live in Kirklees facebook post about our allotment

YWT facebook post about our allotment
 


Our photo gallery

Carole Palmer, Simon Gregson, Pat Burt
Thank you very much to the National Lottery Promotions Unit for arranging for photographer Mark to come along and record the day’s events for us. You can see his great photos in our gallery:

Simon Gregson at our allotment – Flickr gallery

Community Allotment Open Morning – 8th August 2015

Simon Gregson picking red currants for Growing Newsome

Corrie star Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) picking redcurrants at our allotment.

Everyone gets a warm welcome at our allotment – whatever the weather.

We welcomed Corrie’s Simon Gregson recently – he came to see how we’ve spent our Lottery funding to make our community allotment easier for our volunteers to look after. But it’s not just TV stars who get to take the tour.

Please come and have a look around at our next open day:

Community Allotment Open Morning
Saturday 8th August 2015
from 10am to 12 noon

Venue: Ashenhurst Avenue allotments, entrance between 67 & 69 Ashenhurst Avenue, Newsome HD4 6PX

We all look after the allotment together, as none of us could manage an allotment on our own. We share in the planning, sowing and growing – then share out what we pick. We also use some of the produce for meals at our community events.

We are always looking for new volunteers. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to grow on an allotment but needs a bit of help, or anyone who has advice to offer to other growers. Please come along to meet us and find out more.

Allotment open day poster (pdf)

28 July 2015. Coronation Street star Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) visiting the Growing Newsome allotment in Huddersfield.

Coronation Street star Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) visiting the Growing Newsome community allotment in Huddersfield.

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The Kirklees Summer Show in Greenhead Park on the same day.

Growing for All Seasons

Growing for All Seasons is our National Lottery funded project to help each other grow food throughout the year, and throughout our lives.

Community allotment

We were awarded £7,967 of National Lottery funding through Awards for All. We have used the funds to improve the facilities at our community allotment so that it’s easier for our growers to look after. We have a new potting shed where we can sit down to sow seeds and do some potting on, and we have more raised beds that need less digging.

new potting shed and old A frame

We have also helped our fantastic volunteers to gain confidence by providing training opportunities, including Level 2 food hygiene training and a one day fruit pruning course.

plant swap salad lunch

Together, the eight members of our Growing Group (who run the project) and a further two dozen fantastic volunteers are supporting our whole community with food growing – and lots more. We build and strengthen relationships between people through food. Between us, we have everything we need.

Potato Day

Growing Newsome is special because of the way that it encourages people to support each other. It’s difficult to put into words how inspiring I find this group of bolshy, down-to-earth gardeners who just get on and do things and take care of each other while they’re doing it. Their generosity and enthusiasm for life is both infectious and humbling.

Vote for Growing Newsome
Vote for Growing Newsome

We are proud to be Finalists in the 2015 National Lottery Awards. Please show your support for this amazing little bunch of food growers, whose impact on our community (and on me) has been huge.

Diane

Growing Newsome Co-ordinator

Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2014 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together in Newsome – at our community allotment, at Stirley Farm and in lots of other places across our community. This year the Growing Newsome elves quietly celebrated our first five years of growing food together. We hope there will be many more. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with us since the beginning, everyone who has participated along the way, and those of you who may be our food growers of the future. Enjoy.
 

 
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Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2013 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together in Newsome – at our community allotment, at Stirley Farm and in lots of other places across our community. Following our wet, wet, very wet 2012, we had a chilly start to 2013, with our allotment still deep in snow at the end of March. We thought that we’d never get going this year, but as per usual there was no stopping our hardy gardeners.

2013 was also a year of departures, with Rob, Claire and young Holly moving to Canada, and Lisa moving over to Leeds with Neil. We’ve had one or two arrivals as well though, and our community continues to grow…


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Growing Newsome and Stirley Farm 2012 – a year in pictures

These pictures celebrate our past year of growing and sharing food together in Newsome – at our community allotment, at Stirley Farm and in lots of other places across our community. 2012 was a lousy year for growing weather, but a great year for growing friendships. We shall remember it fondly.


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Growing here and there

Newsome’s roving food growers have got together for a mini exchange programme this week.

On Saturday 17th March, we had our first ‘Growing Newsome at Stirley Farm’ session. It was a chance for local growers to meet up and have a relaxing couple of hours doing some planting at the farm.

We also found time to have a peek at Stirley’s first calf, born on 14th March, and to see what has changed since the Autumn.

The orchard has been planted now of course, and there’s a new soft fruit area running the whole length of the veg beds.

The area next to the orchard will become a little meadow, thanks to some new funding that the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have secured for creating Blooming Meadows at Stirley and other sites. Throughout the afternoon, more than one of us remarked “is it really only a year since we first planted potatoes here?”

After our tour, we got on with digging up some artichokes and land cress to make way for the next crops, sowing some beetroot, carrots and parsnip seeds, weeding the beds and planting a few seed potatoes. We were also able to plant a few of the seeds that had arrived on my doorstep that very morning, brought by someone I’ve never met,  who had been told that I could put vegetable seeds to good use.

As usual, we had an enjoyable and interesting time, and Kim gave us lots of good advice along on the way. For example, did you know that you can put some grass clippings in with your seed potatoes to help feed them, or that a nettle bed can act as a good decoy to keep the creepy crawlies off your cabbages? And all this knowledge was imparted whilst nursing half a pint of tea in a beer glass, but that’s another story…

Then on Tuesday 20th March, we got together again when the Stirley Farm volunteers spent some time with us at the Growing Newsome Community Allotment. There was lots to do here too, including preparing the potato beds and thinning out our wayward strawberry patch.


Spring has definitely sprung across Newsome, and we’re looking forward to sharing the growing season together. You’re very welcome to come along and join in – have a look at the Newsome food calendar to find out what’s on.

Stirley Farm, 17th March 2012 – more photos on Flickr

Breaking new ground on the community allotment

On Easter Saturday 2010 our community allotment got under way. Eight of us turned up for the initial meeting, to talk about both the practicalities and our aspirations. Some of us had never met before, so more than anything this first day was about making new friends. We quickly decided that all the areas on the allotment will be shared between us, and we talked about what we’d like to grow. Pat brought along some Jerusalem artichokes and tomato seeds, and Ruth offered some raspberry canes from her garden – so before we even arrived at the allotment site, the sharing had already begun.

We started dividing up some of the urgent jobs (such as getting a shed to hold our community tool bank), and we talked about how people want to participate. Some of us will help with the organising and getting supplies, others will garden on the allotment at whatever time suits them. Some people are able to visit the allotment during the week, and for the rest of us we might try to meet up regularly on weekends or during the summer evenings.

We’ve decided to aim for an organic allotment, and we’re lucky to have expert advice available from Rob, who used to be an organic farmer in Canada and now lives in Newsome. He’s one of several people who have offered to help that couldn’t be there for the first meeting, and we hope to catch up with everyone who is interested soon.

News to me was that the plot boundaries have been shifted around a bit since we picked up the keys, so as well as our wonderful wonky A-frame glasshouse, we have now inherited an old grape vine and its little abode. This is yet more broken glass to replace, and something else for us to learn. With my fondness for old bits of wood, I am of course delighted. Hands up who knows how to tend a grape vine…

Once we got to the site, we set about planting some potatoes that were left over from our Spring event, kindly bought for us by Information by Design (IbyD). I’ve since realised just how appropriate it is that the first things we planted on our community allotment were supplied by IbyD, who are the research company that helped us to run the ‘Grow your own food in Newsome’ survey that told us how much demand there is for allotments in Newsome. Steve Wisher, these potatoes are dedicated to you.

As usual, this particular Growing Newsome escapade was both fun and thought-provoking. I found out about the perils of couch grass, the difficulties of getting claggy soil off your wellies, and the vital importance of bits of string. I also discovered that I’m not the only person in Newsome who uses their underfloor heating to propagate seeds.

We all pitched in to establish the boundary of our allotment and to get three row of potatoes in. I think it’s fair to say that the soil was not very co-operative (Cherry aptly said it was what her mother would call “diggin’ pudden”), but we persevered.

It’s clear that we’ll need a lot of patience to turn this sticky patch of earth into something that we can all be proud of, and we’d really like to hear from you if you’d like to help – you can use the contact page on this site to get in touch.

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