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 several 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 cultivated by ALFI, and following the council-led revamp of the Town approach in 2017, we now manage the new square containers.
Town planters – one outside Costa Coffee and one outside the Library, 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 two more sites:
St Lawrence Vicarage soft fruit garden. Cleared and planted autumn 2014. Occasional working parties.
Herb planter in the Allen Gallery Garden.