Autumn Fair 2012 in Photos

Apologies for delay in publishing the photos from Autumn Fair. It was a wonderful day and thank you to all who attended and supported the day. Even though it was rainy towards the end, all had a great time. A special thanks to Brendan Lynch (from The Great British Bake Off) for baking a cake for raffle and speaking to all those who attended.

Below is slideshow of photos of the event or you can go directly to Flickr slideshow.

Fun Dog Show 2012 – In Pictures

On Sunday, 22nd July we held our second Fun Dog Show. The purpose was to allow local and not so local people to bring their dogs and enjoy a grand day out. Dogs took part in a not very competitive competition and we also had an agility display with rather clever and energetic dogs.

We also raised money for local animal charities that do fantastic work in assisting pets to get as much help as possible. Thank you to all who came.

Below is a slideshow of the day or you can go here to view photos.

Thanks to Ken Simpson for taking photos.

Gardeners’ World Live 2012 – Edible Patches

We have been invited back this year to take part in the Gardeners’ World Live Edible Patches project. In association with NSALG and the BDAC, Court Lane Allotments and other groups in the West Midlands have each created a bed with a particular ‘theme.’

Edible Patches are intended to inspire and educate you on how you can creatively incorporate an attractive and functioning plot into your own garden. Patches should be planted with edible plant material such as vegetables, fruits and herbs. The use of props and themes is also encouraged to create a visually exciting way of growing and displaying these items.

(Gardeners’ World Live website)

Members of Court Lane Allotments committee and other volunteers created a bed at last year’s Edible Patches and the overall display was awarded a RHS Silver Gilt medal.

Members of the public attending Gardeners’ World Live can say hello to us and vote for their favourite display. Modesty and fairness prevents us from telling you who to vote for. We shall leave that for your discerning tastes.

Below is few photos of the bed that we have created. You can view the full Flickr set here.

UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that we have again been awarded another RHS Silver Gilt medal this year. Here is a link of the planting plan. You can also download the recipe for our Allotment Vegetable Frittata. We are also delighted to add that we were voted the most popular Edible Patch by the visitors to Gardeners’ World Live and received a handsome vase from the RHS. Thank you to everyone who came to chat to us and voted. We really enjoyed sharing our garden with you.

Community Garden Redux (with photos)

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.

You can view the slideshow below or go straight to the flickr set here.

The Christmas Food & Crafts Fair Update

Thank you to all who attended last week’s Christmas Food & Crafts Fair.  It was a great day and there were huge smiles all around.

We had stalls from local artists this year from The Cube in Erdington, and it was a wonderful sight to see such talented people show their work.  The artists were Cath Lawlor, Angie Chapman, Mandy Thorne, Jeanette Hill, Susan Hassell, Heather Rowland, Al Franklin, Paul Maiden and Stewart Moult.

We also had a stall from the League of Friends of John Taylor Hospice.  We donated £50 to them and their stall made £207 on the day.  There was also a donation from a local fruit and veg owner of £20.

A special thank you to those who volunteered, along with the allotment committee members, their time and help.

Below are some photographs from the day and here is the direct link to them.

Working Party

The last two Sundays has been spent planting hawthorn and blackthorn hedges around the perimeter fence of the plots. Lots of people from the allotments volunteered their energy and sacrificed time away from their own plots to help with this and also helped with tidying up the community garden.

There was a real sense of cooperation and the good weather added to a real convivial and sharing atmosphere. This was helped by lovely prepared lunches and a few a beers!

There is a set of photos on our flick site and a few of them appear below.  Here is the set as a slideshow.

Photos are courtesy of Ming.

Photo Community

We’ve set up our own Flickr site as well as having a flickr group. The idea is that those who know about flickr can just add themselves to the group and those who love photography but are not too sure about the whole world wide web thing can still contribute by having their photos displayed at what I suppose will be a communal flickr site. The reason why flickr has been chosen is that when it comes to real sense of sharing and community then it really cannot be beaten.

All I need is a disk or memory stick with the photos and preferably descriptions of the visuals and if you would like your name to be attributed or just a plot number if you prefer. Grab me at the allotments if you have any photos.

If you have ideas on how to develop the flickr group then just add a comment on the blog.

Here is a photostream from the Court Lane Allotments’ flickr.  Photos have been taken by different people who not only enjoy growing things but also appear to have photographic skills.

And here below is the Court Lane Allotments Group photostream.

Plot 40: A Visual History

One of our allotmenteers has been using photography as a visual record of the development of his plot. Luckily for us he has been uploading the progress to his Flickr page and he has kindly given permission for them to be used on this blog.

“These pics are meant more as a diary rather than for pictorial quality, so I hope those that view will either be inspired or at least enjoy my toil.”

You can go direct to his flickr site for a look at the set or watch the slideshow below.  For those new to slideshows there is the option of making the images bigger.