Leicester allotment open days in August and September

News from Groundwork Leicester of many allotment open days this summer…

The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Allotments Week will take place from the 6th-14th August, but here in Leicester we think that one week is insufficient to celebrate the wonders of Allotment gardening – so we’re spreading our celebration out over a month!  Leicester’s Allotment week will start on 6th August and will continue until 10th September with a whole host of Allotment open days for the public to visit and enjoy.
Allotments have changed, they are no longer the stereotypical domain of old men in cloth caps; these open days are the chance to discover that a variety of people own plots, including a growing number of women; and it’s not all about growing things, maintaining an allotment is a good way to keep fit whilst enjoying fresh air and gentle exercise and at around 5 pence per day it’s much cheaper than joining a gym.

Anyone who is interested in growing their own flowers, fruit or vegetables can come along and see what really goes on behind the gates of the allotment sites. There will be sales of allotment-grown vegetables, home made wine tasting, wildlife displays and entertainment for children. For existing allotment user this will be a chance to see what other societies are up to and compare notes. There will also be the opportunity to be inspired by the plots of champion gardeners on a tour of competition winning plots.

Everyone is welcome to the open days which will have entertainment for both children and adults. Most open days will be from 10.00am until 4.00pm but times will vary from site to site

Open days will take place at the following allotment society sites:

·        Saturday 6th August, Leicester City Permanent Allotment Society – Rosamund Avenue:
Contact – Margaret Reynolds 0116 2890870
·        Sunday 7th August, Rookeries Allotment Society – Paget Street Aylestone:
Contact Lynne Price 0116 2238176/ 0709155143
·        Saturday 13th August, Eyres Monsell Allotment Society – Gilmorton Avenue:
Contact David Bourassa 07847358919
·        Sunday 14th August, Stokes Wood Allotment Society – Stokes Drive:
Contact Barry Claricoates 0116 2338143/07895037463
·        Sunday 14th August, Rowlatts Hill Allotment Society – Blakenhall Road site:
Contact Keith Moore 07718327415
·        Saturday 20th August, Glenfield Road Allotment Society – Sandhurst Road -:
Contact Jenny Miller 07756712137
·        Sunday 21st August, Rowley Fields Allotment Society – Meredith Road:
Contact Paul Howgill 0116 2331489/07803828777
·        Sunday 21st August, Groby Road Allotment Society- Groby Road/Fosse Road North corner:
Contact Dianne Mitchell 0797385405
·        TBC August , Queens Road Allotments
Contact 0116 2708583
·        Saturday 3rd September Washbrook Allotment  Society, Welford Road
Contact: David Pallot 07982489510
·        Saturday 3rd September Washbrook Allotment  Society, Welford Road
Contact: David Pallot 07982489510
·        Saturday 10th September, Belgrave Allotment Society Red Hill site- Loughborough Road
Contact Mary Harrison 0116 2669950/07974402504

If anyone is interested in renting an allotment, please call Leicester City Councils Allotment Manager on 0116 2518666 or Paul Howgill on 0116 222 0259/0780 382 8777

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