At the beginning of 2010 we asked Alton Town Council if we could use some plots and planters around the town to grow vegetables and herbs.
From simple beginnings we have gradually built up eleven different sites (see map) and the list keeps growing.
In 2010 the following were started:
Westbrooke Road – a roadside verge plot, now with two raised beds, a herb garden and several containers. A team of volunteers meet for a monthly working party – usually on a Friday afternoon.
The Hop Garden – barrels and other containers in front of the wall opposite the Railway Arms, growing hops, herbs and vegetables. In 2014 the three concrete rings in front of the barrels were repainted and are now cultivated by ALFI.
Town planters – one outside Costa Coffee and one outside Boots, have a variety of herbs.
Station Plot – four raised beds, a herb garden, hanging baskets, containers and wall-trained fruit trees. Monthly working party, usually on a Sunday morning.
In 2012: A Community Orchard at Jubilee Sports Field was started, initially with five trees. In 2014 ten more trees were added – apples, pears, plum, cherry and quince. Fruit to be available to the community.
In 2014 we were able to add four more sites:
Brendoncare – small raised beds in the garden, some produce given to the kitchen.
St Lawrence Vicarage soft fruit garden. Cleared and planted autumn 2014. Occasional working parties.
Herb planter in the Allen Gallery Garden.
Out and About Planter at the Southview Rise Shops
In 2015 we agreed to look after the Sensory Garden at the Limes Daycare Centre at the back of the Community Hospital.
For the latest news on all our plots and planters, see the diary page.