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Transition Bath now has an allotment plot at Bloomfield Road

Transition Bath has four “guerrilla” community gardens, i.e. small unused spaces around Bath which have been planted up to grow fruit and veg. Each garden has a lead grower who looks after it and organises volunteer sessions, thus providing an awareness that fresh produce can be grown in small places and tastes delicious – yes, passers-by can help themselves to the produce.

To provide back-up for the gardeners and to be able to respond when opportunities to demonstrate veg growing – even a new garden – arise, we’ve taken on a quarter-plot allotment on Bloomfield Rd allotments (where surprisingly there are vacant plots) to raise fruit and vegetable plants. Up until a few years ago, the plot was notoriously overgrown with brambles, etc., but it was divided in half – the new gardener creating a beautiful plot on her half and putting down weed-suppressant tarpaulins on the other half. That’s the half that we’ve taken on – relatively weed-free and without any brambles!

So far, we’ve been given a compost bin, a second-hand ‘solar shed’ (a hybrid shed-cum-greenhouse, into which we’re going to insert more glass) and GoodGym Bath pulled back the tarpaulins and started marking out the beds. The beds are in multiples of 4 ft with paths in between. We are currently looking out for pieces of wood that are a minimum of 4 ft in length, and ideally 6” in width, to edge the beds. If you have any suitable wood you’d be willing to donate, we’d be very glad to hear from you (food@transitionbath.org).

Posted in Food.