As the leaves from trees begin to fall, we invite you to our Autumn Fair on Sunday 4th October from 11am to 3pm. We will have home baked produce, artisan foods, arts and crafts stalls, and plenty of the other delights to view, sample and buy.
The ever popular food marquee will once more be filled with culinary delights to entertain your taste buds. There will be home baked cakes and savouries, jams and pickles, the blink-and-it’s-gone pork bap stall and our own Court Lane Honey from our bees who have been working hard this summer to supply you with sweet yummy goodness. There will also be local food outlets to entice you even more. Teas and coffees will be available. Oh yes, and we are also having a real ale stall with local Midlands ales.
ARTS & CRAFTS MARQUEE
In our other marquee, there will be local artists with their creative wares for you to take home. From pottery to jewellery to other hand crafted items. There will also be a varied collection of stalls to suit your own interests and pursuits, including stalls selling pet foods, books and you can even have a Tarot reading.
We have invited several charities to promote their causes. Please visit Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue, RSPB, Cats Protection and a stall supporting dogs for the blind.
COMMUNITY GARDEN, VEGETABLE SHOW, TALLEST SUNFLOWER
Our plot holders do enjoy growing vegetables, so you can visit our Community Garden where vegetables will be on display in the Portacabin and you can explore the garden with it’s varied nooks and crannies. Please be aware although we welcome visitors to our Community Garden, please do not go onto any allotment plots. See if you can spot the winner of our Tallest Sunflower competition.
We are not a site to exclude anyone so please bring your children to not only enjoy the food and crafts but also to take part in the many activities for children. From Tin Can Alley to a Bouncy Castle (providing it’s not too windy or wet).
Less than two weeks to go until our annual Spring Fair on Sunday 17th May 2015. Opening times 11am until 3pm. We are sure it is going to be our biggest and best ever event at Court Lane Allotments.
On the grass at the top of the site will be a range of craft and charity stalls. There will be more stalls than ever, with some familiar faces and some stallholders joining us for the first time. When you have had a browse, try your aim at football crazy & tin can alley.
The younger children will not be left out with face painting. Then let them meet the donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary.
In the centre of the site you can meet the chickens, buy free-range eggs and local honey, and come face to face with live honey bees (weather permitting).
Our own plant stall will be offering a selection of home grown vegetable plants for you to try your hand at growing your own, along with trays of popular bedding plants and shrubs.
Step inside the food & drinks marquee to find a mouth-watering array of local artisan produce, grab a seat and treat yourself to a slice of homemade cake and coffee, or try one of our fabulous hot British pork baps with a choice of trimmings (don’t leave it too late as these sell out very quickly).
Court Lane Allotments has been accepted to participate in the Big Dig Birmingham project on Saturday 16th March 2013, 11am to 3pm. This is part of a national initiative to connect local communities with gardening projects in their area.
We are an urban allotment site in Erdington. We have 105 allotment plots, a recently-developed community garden with resident honey bees, and a thriving sociable community of allotmenteers.
We are having an open day on to carry out essential maintenance of the Community Garden area and plant additional fruiting bushes along the perimeter of the site. Volunteers should bring spades and gardening gloves and a willingness to dig!
When: 16/03/2013 Time: We are open to the public 11am to 3pm. We also have an on-site gardening shop for essential tools, seeds, compost etc. Where: Court Lane (Junction with Jarvis Road) Erdington B23 5RN How to get there: We are a 10 minute walk from Erdington railway station. Several buses pass right by the entrance on Court Lane. There is on-site parking for cars.
VOLUNTEERS WHO FILL OUT A REWARD CARD OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES WILL BE ENTERED INTO A PRIZE DRAW!
More information on Big Dig Birmingham can be found here.
We have nearly completed the Community Garden redesign and so we thought we would give a pictorial history. The photos start from 2008 when we first cultivated a bit of space for community use and includes all the current work.
Calling all plotholders! Your Community Garden Project needs you!
You may have noticed that work has now started on the Community Garden, with committee members and volunteers working over the Easter weekend and last Sunday.
This Saturday, 7th May, the digger is coming to start clearing the areas for re-landscaping. We need as many people as we can to provide labour and wheelbarrows to help move the excess soil. The digger arrives at 8.30, but any help you could give at any time during the day would be appreciated.
As people may be aware, there is a corner of Court Lane Allotments where we have developed a Community Garden. The purpose of it, is to encourage schools and other community groups to have free use of the area. For example, there is a raised bed that is being used by Wilson Stuart School, which has been a great way to teach young people about growing vegetables.
We have some really exciting news about the development of this area. Last year, Court Lane Allotments committee applied to the Big Lottery Fund. We were succesful and have received money to develop the Community Garden area. There were a few hoops that we had to jump through, as the Big Lottery needs to make sure we can deliver on what we say we’re going to do. We also had to make sure that the Birmingham City Council’s Allotment Liaison Officer was happy with the plans. In short, we have received the green light for the project to go ahead. As previously, the aim is for all people to benefit from the Community Garden including schools, community groups, the public and of course, our own plot holders.
There was an open invitation to plot holders to discuss the Community Garden, and a meeting was held on 28th January of this year. It was a good turnout and the plotholders were very encouraging and supportive of the project. Any questions about the project were answered and the fact that the council has given the go ahead has hopefully answered any queries. Of course, we will continue to communicate with plot holders on the progress of the project and inform all the other people who have supported us (we’re talking about you, dear reader).
The plans for the Community Garden are as follows:
Developing the existing space involving schools, community groups and plot holders – This will mean improving access for those who need extra mobility support, like wheelchair users and those with pushchairs. Inviting community groups and schools to have a little plot for free that they can use. Apart from the school and community group beds, any produce that grows on the Community Garden will be shared, for free, amongst plot holders and other users of the garden.
Encourage beneficial wildlife like bees, butterflies and other insects – We will grow plants and flowers that will actively encourage pollinating insects that will benefit all plots on the allotments site. We currently have a bee hive enclosure in the garden area and we wish to encourage their well-being by having these plants.
A herb and natural remedy area – We aim to grow herbs that can be used for cooking and other plants for cosmetic and remedial purposes. The idea is to have experts offer free courses to plot holders and members of the public who may be interested. There will be other free courses available and we welcome any suggestions.
The changes are only to the existing Community Garden space with the aim to improve the area so that it will be beneficial for all, and easier to maintain.
One of our plot holders has offered her garden design skills and has created a visual plan for us. In addition, other plot holders, who have landscaping expertise, have offered their services. This is showing that people value the project and want to help in developing a green space that really is “community” based.
Below is a photo of the design. You can view larger versions here. We welcome any comments and if you are a community group who are interested in using the garden, please feel free to contact us.