We had a scarecrow competition on the allotment this autumn. It was a way to get families on the plots to create interesting things. They are all really varied and some rather scary.

During our Autumn Fair, the public voted on their favourite. It was a tie between the dalek and Doctor Who (Peter Davison era). Rather apt.

Below is a slideshow of the scarecrows or you go straight to the set on flickr.

Court Lane goes to Gardeners’ World Live

We have been invited by the NSALG and BDAC to complete a show garden at this year’s Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC, Birmingham. The garden is part of the “Edible Patches” competition and was designed by one of our plot holders. Most of the plants were grown from seed, by a small number of our plot holders. Our garden represents what we are trying to do at Court Lane Allotments, complete with apple tree, beehive, pond and a variety of herbs and wild flowers to increase biodiversity, which is the ethos behind the Community Garden redevelopment. Our garden is entitled “A Tasty Little Space” and gives a snapshot of all the wonderful produce that can be grown in a small space.

We are delighted that the Edible Patches gardens have been awarded a RHS Silver Gilt medal. Members of the public are also encouraged to vote for whichever of the eight gardens is their favourite. Updated to add: We were thrilled that GWL visitors voted us their favourite of the 8 Edible Patches. We received a commemorative engraved glass dish as a prize. Thank you to everyone who voted.

Photos of the garden can be seen below and you can download design plan here.