News from the South West...


Plans for National Allotment Week are coming along famously - we will have a pop-up allotment and marquee outside the Guildhall.  We are working in conjunction with Plymouth City Council's "City of Service" initiative "Grow Share Cook" whose partners are Food is Fun who say 'Food is Fun encourages people of all ages to explore food in a fun way to promote healthy eating for their future' and Tamar Grow Local – a CIC with a blossoming Food Hub distributing and delivering in the Tamar Valley.


During the week, we will be holding a Pots and Pans Amnesty – see the website for more details


National Allotment Week launches at 10am on 10th August, with a display by the Harrowbarrows – a wheelbarrow display team.


The theme this year is "A Plot for All Ages" transferring knowledge across generations, to this end, we are working with Plymouth Primary Schools to explore the link that horticulture can have with education.  There will be a family area where children can explore food.


Local celebrity chefs will be in attendance, again, more details on the website.


From noon there will be talks every two hours on different garden-related subjects in the main Guildhall where there will also be stalls, refreshments and demonstrations throughout the day.


We will also be running Plymouth Show on 12th and 13th August and all NAS and NVS members and associate members can exhibit free of charge. The Championship NVS Top Tray first prize is £25 and we are honoured to present an "Allotment Challenge Shield" with a first prize of £40 in memory of Geoff Stokes who was Secretary of the Society from 1988 until 2010


When the show finishes on 13th, we will remain in the plaza with marquee and Allotment and become a part of the renowned Plymouth Flavour Fest until the Sunday evening.


Di Appleyard will be working with Billy Moore to hold an Allotment Officer's Forum during the week.


For the latest up to date information just visit the website where many more details can be found.


Neil Dixon

Written on Wednesday 11th March 2015 by Emily Plumb


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