The Association was set up in 2009 to manage a small plot of allotments on land kindly leased to the parish council for that purpose by Michael Bratley. The plot is at the eastern end of the village on the Helpston Road immediately after the premises of Plants Farm Eggs. The plot was originally divided into some 10 plots of the standard allotment size (approx. 20 metres by 10 metres) but over time the allotment plots have evolved into a more varied range of sizes in response to the challenges made on the availability of free time by modern life. The allotment plots are primarily intended for residents of Bainton or Ashton although unoccupied plots may be offered to others if no Bainton or Ashton resident takes up the vacant plot.
The Allotment Committee are providing, for a very modest rent, micro plots, measuring approx 3m x 1.25m (10’ x 4’.) Can you be tempted? If you don’t have the time or energy for a full size plot then one of these small plots could be the answer. They are large enough to grow a row of strawberries and a row of autumn raspberries, providing you with fruit from June to October. Or, new potatoes could be planted now followed by your choice of veg for the summer months – Helpston Garden Centre offers a wide range of potatoes and vegetable seedlings, with free advice! Of course growing veg isn’t your only option, try annuals or dahlias to give you flowers for the house – with not an air mile in sight!
Information regarding the availability of plots or about the allotments generally can be obtained from the Association Secretary, Malcolm Morrice at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Association Chair, Chris Fuller on email@example.com.