A lot of fun!

You may remember that last year we were kindly given, lease-free, some land at the St Anns Allotments.

We were really excited at the time and were looking forward to what it might become in the future, having already planted a lot of vegetables and waiting for them to grow.

Now we’re well into spring, it’s time to give you all an update! Whether it’s potatoes or tomatoes, leeks or rhubarb, our vegetables are growing at quite a pace, and we’re always looking out for ways to improve the allotment and make it even better.

What’s more, the clients involved in the allotment are getting loads out of it as well! Whether it’s the joy of seeing plants growing or the healthy benefits of regularly mowing the grass on the allotment, our clients say helping to look after the allotment has given them loads of health benefits – both physically and mentally.

Lucy, who is the support worker overseeing the allotment, said “It’s been a huge success.” What’s more, we’re determined to make the allotment as kind to the environment as possible; in this vein we are not using any artificial pesticides that might harm wildlife and pollinators such as bees.

Stay tuned to the Space Inclusive website for further updates from our Allotment in St Anns!

A lot of fun at the allotment

Over the past few months our Mansfield Street based Support Worker, Lucy, has taken groups of clients to work on Space Inclusive’s very own allotment.

Lucy has had her own allotment on the site for six years. After looking for a site to use to launch her Grow, Cook and Eat scheme STAA (St Anns Allotment Association) very kindly offered us the shared use of the nursery. Additionally, they let Space Inclusive use the site rent free for twelve months.

Because of the previous user, the site was already set up with great facilities including a shared eating space and an incredible 50ft glass house!

The wonderful thing about allotments is the knowledge and understanding of self-sufficiency that a client can get out of working on it. To be able to grow your own fruit and vegetables helps teach clients about healthy eating and gives them an appreciation of nature and the world around them.

One client, Kate, has been helping out since May. “I’ve done planting, weeding, watering, chopping hedges, composting and growing tomatoes.” she says. “It’s nice and peaceful…it helps me relax”. So, has she got the gardening bug? Yes – “I’ll definitely carry on” she says.

Kate has already had a chance to try some of the produce from the garden, which is all organic. “I’ve had cucumbers, peppers and courgettes” she says.

Lucy is delighted with how the allotment has progressed, “It’s been a great opportunity to enable clients to experience nature through growing their own produce. We’ve gone from sowing to planting out and harvesting…”

“Having the opportunity to pick from fresh organic vegetables which are prepared and cooked on site for a shared meal has been fantastic” Lucy says.

The allotment is a relatively new innovation but it’s become an indispensable part of Space Inclusive.