Pudding Pie Lane Allotments

AllotmentsContact:
If you are interested in renting a plot please contact the Parish Clerk for further details. There are 26 full plots, 17 half plots, with a few plots still available.
email: clerk@churchillpc.org.uk

Following requests by parishioners for allotments in about 2008 the search began for land to rent, lease or buy. There are many landowners in the parish but no one seemed to want allotments on their land. The only alternative was to see if we could buy land. An approach was made to North Somerset Council who agreed to sell two fields. An approach was made to the Public Works Loan Board and a loan of £45,000 was given to be repaid over 50 years. So the land was bought and finally paid for in July 2012.

Our allotments are very unusual in that we have been able to purchase rather than lease or rent the land as many other do throughout the country.
Work then started clearing the fields, laying a car park, installing cycle racks, marking out and rotivating the plots. The Parish Tree Wardens managed to get native tree whips to plant as a hedge along the side of the allotments adjoining farm land and plot holders turned out to plant them. An Allotment Committee consisting of councillors and 4 plot holders was formed to run the allotments. Bristol Airport gave a grant to purchase and install a noticeboard.

Sheds and water butts were purchased and the task of planting and growing began in April 2013. A Grand Opening was held on 29th July at 3 00pm. The allotments were opened by Chair of the Parish Council, Mrs Jackie Bush. The BBQ sausages and burgers were supplied by Alvis Brothers Ltd with cider donated by Thatchers and the Parish Council was most appreciative of their support!! It was a most enjoyable afternoon for plot holders, councillors and parishioners and their families.

The Parish Horticultural Show, which lapsed in about 2005 has been reinstated with the first one held in September 2014. The allotments fields are next to the new Wrington Vale Medical Centre, close to Churchill V A C E Primary School and not far from the War Memorial Hall, recreation fields and Community Club, the cricket pitches and pavilion. It really is becoming the hub of the village!!

One of the plot holders said, "We are all new to tending an allotment and so help each other out. There is a wonderful community and family feeling and spirit when we are working. Someone is there every day and passers-by always stop, look and talk. This is the start of a new, community focussed parish."

Health & Safety Guidelines for Allotment Management and a Preliminary Risk Assessment
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Allotment Tenancy Agreement
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