News

The Big Climate Fightback

On a beautifully foggy and frosty day last weekend, our Urban Nature team were joined by 30 enthusiastic volunteers for the Woodland Trust’s national #BigClimateFightback campaign to plant trees.

Our plan was to plant a new hedgerow to fill in the gaps along the boundary with Coppice Park. Native species of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dog rose, Dogwood, Crab apple, Redcurrants, and Honeysuckle were used to create a bountiful hedgerow that in time would provide new nesting sites and food birds and insects, particularly Bullfinch and Currant Clearwing Moth which are rare in city settings. In the morning, half the group warmed themselves up by clearing the fence line of brambles and debris.

“The UK needs more trees. They are the ultimate multi-taskers in the fight against climate change. They lock up carbon, fight flooding, reduce pollution, nurture wildlife and make landscapes more resilient”
Woodland Trust

Then, on the opposite side of the garden, a similar clear-up operation was underway by younger members of the group to rake leaves and weeds for the wildflower meadow. This is where we planted a mix of bulbs; Winter Aconite, Snakehead Fritillary, and Snowdrops, plus a Summer wildflower mix. This meadow will diversify our woodland habitat, and accompany our wild Orchids in offering nectar for pollinating bees and butterflies.

In the afternoon, once the brambles were cleared and we’d re-energised with tea and biscuits, it was time to plant trees! The Urban Nature Garden features mature fruit trees, some that are 150 years old, so we through that the most beneficial additions would be two young, native fruit trees that will take their place in time. For this we chose Wild pear (Pyrus Communis), which we named Timmy and Libby, and marked the occasion with a poem read (and composed that morning) by Dave Wood.

It was incredible to meet so many people who are passionate about trees, wildlife, and climate change, especially as this was our first event this season to be held on the Urban Nature garden. Thank you so much to everyone who came along, we couldn’t have done it without you. We aim to encourage more people to use the space to be proactive about local biodiversity and environmental issues in a hands-on way. If you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved, email lucy.kennedy@staa-allotments.org.uk for info.

See all of our upcoming events here: staa.eventbrite.com


24th July 2019

Amazing news!

St Ann’s Allotments has been selected as a finalist in the 25th Birthday #NationalLottery Awards!

The 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards is the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects and the people. The Awards are a great way of celebrating the ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding. 

VOTING IS NOW OPEN! You could help us win a £10,000 cash prize and appear on a BBC One awards show in November.

Please vote for the allotments to win at https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/projects/view/st-anns-allotments or if you’re on Twitter simply tweet #NLAAllotments

Thank you for voting and please encourage your friends and family to do the same!


16th July 2019

We are recruiting a Natural Heritage Engagement Worker, part time (10 hours per week), 1 year fixed term contact (to September 2020).

This is a new post, that will take forward our existing tours and talks programme in new, innovate ways, across our heritage, conservation and horticulture projects on the wonderful St Anns Allotments.

Please see our vacancies page for more information and full details on how to apply


25th June 2019

*New* A Walk on the Wild Side: Orchids

Hidden behind a blue gate is 100’s of tiny orchids

A short walk followed by an outdoors talk about the natural history of St Anns allotments

A short tour around the site exploring the wildlife and nature of the site, ending at our ‘Orchid Orchard’ where we will have refreshments and a short talk about the historical and present wildlife of St Anns Allotments.We will include a short time to explore and photograph the plots, so bring your camera and/or binoculars!

The tour leaves the Ransom Road entrance (Visitors Centre will be closed) at 11am

Saturday 29th June

For this tour, we would prefer booking to be via Eventbrite,  Suggested donation of £5.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-anns-allotments-the-wild-side-orchids-tickets-63651432147


15th June 2019

Growing Heritage receives funding from Finnis Scott

Early stages of the Growing Heritage Orchard work

We are thrilled that we have been successful in our funding bid to the Finnis Scott Foundation, to support the development of a ‘Growing Heritage’ Orchard.  Our new orchard will extend our existing Heritage Display Garden, and showcase heritage varieties of fruit trees in espalier and cordon form, as well as a number of our perennials from our previous Growing Heritage project.

The project will run until March 2020, and includes funding towards a Natural Heritage Project Officer to support volunteers, and coordinate visits and workshops on the Orchard.  Thank you to the Finnis Scott Foundation https://www.finnis-scott-foundation.org.uk/ 

Would you like to get involved or find our more?  Contact STAA at info@staa-allotments.org.uk 


June 2019

Tours still coming this summer!

One of the original tours?

We continue to run our monthly Heritage tours and welcome bookings.  Each tour is a suggested donation of £5 per person, including refreshments and some mind-boggling history snippets of our unique allotment site from the Victorian period to now.

Each tour leaves the Ransom Road Visitors Centre at 1.30pm.

Wednesday June 26th

Wednesday 31st July

Wednesday 28th July

Wednesday 25th September

Spaces can be booked via info@staa-allotments.org.uk or calling 0115 960 2282  (the office is regularly unstaffed so please leave a message)

We also welcome enquiries on group tours and talks

More activities and tours are expected to be announced for later in the summer. Please check back for further information as it arrives!


June 2019

WEBSITE WORK IN PROGRESS!

After some technical issues us green fingered folk have struggled to interpret, we have grappled the website into its new format, but bear with us while we repopulate and update all the vital information.  Keep checking back, and also find us on

Facebook: www.facebook.com/staa.allotments/

Twitter: @STAALtd

and Instagram: STAA_ Gatewaytothegardens


Archive:

Our Winter Newsletter is now out. Click here to view

Last summer…

St Anns in Bloom Open Gardens Tour

Sunday 17th July was our first St Anns in Bloom tour! We saw a selection of gardens which entered into our competition this year, including the lovely garden below on Westminster Close.

Petunias

See our facebook page for more information (and give us a like!)

St Anns Allotment Competition 2016

Congratulations and well done to everyone who participated in this years competition!

See our Facebook page for details of winners and more photos


This year’s ‘Most Productive’ Winning plot