Shop: New Stock

Now in, following requests:

• Fruit Cage Netting (width 10 metres) : £1.80 per metre
• Vitax Q4 (2.5 kg box): £7.50
• Stainless steel digging spade: £23 each

Shop open Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 – noon.
If you haven’t seen what we stock yet drop in and have a look. All suggestions for new items considered.


A Little Late, But …

Owing to the green thinking generosity of one of our “partners” we are able to offer certified seed potatoes free of cost. Our thanks to them.

These are main crop potatoes and if planted soon (possibly with potato fertiliser) should grow on to produce a reasonable crop. But, sorry, no guarantees on that one …

Available to all-comers on Saturday and Sunday from the allotment shop (between 10.30 till 12 noon).
Perhaps you belong to a local allotment organisation and are thinking of picking up a “job lot” (yep, seems there are that many!) pop along and help yourself … oh and if you’ve never
been in our shop you might just nip in and take a look at what we stock – and the prices! Did I mention potato fertiliser … available from the shop – nudge, nudge.


The Allotments at Chateau Impney ?

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Way back when, several members of the committee went over to Springvale to accept a grant of £1800 granted by the Midlands Counties Co-op after a successful application for money to help with building a toilet n site. (This is reported on here

As a result of this we were invited to the Co-op A.G.M . at the Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa.

We took a display board, showing the plans for the raised beds/community area along with collected comments from plot holders and visitors, tools and produce. The stall also promoted allotments and was popular with the large number of Co-op members and other stallholders attending the meeting.

Among others we met representatives from Wolverhampton Rhinos Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby teams, Quartz Brewing ( Kings Bromley), Just Crisps (from Hill Ridware), Revolver World Fairtrade Coffee, Cheltenham Town F.C. Community Trust and we bought cakes, beer, cereals and cider from some of the suppliers there after extensive tasting (rhubarb and apple juice and Honeycomb ice cream from Ledbury: delicious).

The stalls were set up in a marquee behind the impressive hotel and we were provided with a cold buffet lunch and we were all made very welcome.

Our thanks to the organisers for the invitation and the hospitality on the day.

Vintage Tea Party

Cheslyn Hay Community Allotments
Vintage Tea Party
Saturday, 7th June, 2014
3 – 5 p.m.
Every good gardener knows that work on the plot is never finished, but that there is a time to down tools, sit, drink a cup of tea and eat.


Come and join us down by the Wolverhampton Rd. gates in the Community Area.
Meet other plotholders, take a look at what we have planned, meet your friends, bring the family.

For a very reasonable fee we will provide a “vintage tea” with sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and a drink.
All welcome. See you there.

Shop: Up-date.



  • Bamboo canes (new stock in):  36 pence each

NEW ITEMS (just in)

  • Vermiculite: 2 litres for 60p
  • Fabric/netting pegs: 10 for £1
  • Green split canes: 10 for 60 p.
  • P24 seed trays; 3 for £1


Thanks to plot holders for their suggestions of items we should consider stocking.

Please talk to us if you think there is something we need to investigate, we are always keen to listen –

and to try new ideas.



What to do in May – 2


Wow! Where did April go in such a hurry. I can’t believe that we are in May already. The months just seem to be flying by. With the warmer weather approaching and the seedlings and plants growing at an alarming rate, it is important to appreciate that these plants will need some extra tlc.  They will require constant watering and in some cases protection from the elements, so it is worthwhile bearing this in mind if you are unable to tend to your plants for a long period of time.This could be an ideal time to get to know your allotment neighbour and ask them to help you out!

Most of the plants that can be planted this month are virtually the same as April.  Many tender crops can now be planted out in the ground but it is still worthwhile remembering that we can still have late frosts up…

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Answers in the Soil ?

Muck, Line and Thinker

Watching TV yesterday early evening (more correctly probably channel hopping, the curse of the grasshopper mind, the need to be organised (!) and too many channels) and heard the magic word “Allotments” on BBC Midlands Today (a daily local-news/magazine show which follows the national news).

That got my attention – of course. It seems that a plotholder – plot 23 to be precise -on some  Great Barr allotments  dug up a military medal while turning over the ground in 2007 and subsequent investigations by a determined group of people have discovered that it belonged to a soldier killed during the Great War (1914 – 1918). The allotment association have since decided to create a small memorial garden as a mark of respect and are naming it after the soldier whose British Service Medal had been found.


Private William Richards was a member of the Kings Own Shropshire Light Infantry who…

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