Our Allotment Area

Headed by our Cub Packs, we have an allotment area on Elvetham Heath for our young people to gain experience with growing and maintaining plants, vegetables, and more...

For a full set of photographs go to our Allotment Gallery!


Welcome to the Allotment

Overgrown Allotment

A little overgrown, ready for some TLC!

Here is our story so far…

For about 2 years our Scout Group Allotment (Plot 14) was overgrown and neglected
Occasional individual efforts sadly weren’t enough to make a meaningful difference.

 

Allotment Poppy

In Autumn 2020 two of our leaders, Rama and Hawk (Scout Leader names), merged ideas.

They cleared up our plot, and commemorated Remembrance Day with stones painted by our Cubs to make a poppy!

Poppy, alt view

One patch of the Plot given purpose! So much effort by our Cubs to build up this pattern

The plot started to take shape again, other parts of it cleared ready for a few Cub evenings

 

Time to start over. We can rebuild it. We have the technology. We can make it better than it was. Better, stronger, faster.

 

However in January 2021 the Parish Council cleared everything away, an accident due to some missed communication from our Group (lesson learnt!)

Starting Fresh

Some Leaders and volunteers helping with their craftsmanship

The Garden Gang spouted up in early Spring 2021.After talking with the rest of the Scout Group, the Cub Leaders have agreed to work together to improve the allotment and integrate it into the Cub programme.

Other Leaders helping with the heavy paving slabs

The Garden Gang built up proper edge borders for the planting areas, laid flagstones to more easily walk between them, and got a small shed installed.

The Leaders are also following a ‘no dig’ approach to planting!

A proud noticeboard for the shed, being presented by our glamorous Cub Leader “Hawk”

They also kick-started some of the planting with:

  • Potatoes
  • Wild Flowers
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Lemon Balm
  • Borage
  • Victoria Plum Tree

Cubs Programme

Cleaned up plot area!

It’s amazing how much even a small area can change. A vast improvement thanks to all the hard work from so many people!

As part of our Spring 2021 (lockdown) programme we have done:

  • Live Planting Session on Zoom using gardening kits provided by our Leaders
  • Kits also provided to Cubs currently not enjoying zoom as an offline activity

Our Summer 2021 programme is set to cover:

  • Allotment Code of Conduct
  • Hands On – Planting, Weeding, Watering etc
  • Crafting Planters / Bug Hotels
  • Trellis Pioneering
  • Wildlife Wide-games
  • Tasting and Cooking the harvest

Summer Update

Layla, one of our Beavers, is loving the allotment plot and is a regular helper with her mum.

“Fingers crossed the frost doesn’t kill the new plants, but we have tons of seeds!”

And Laura has been preparing for planting (20th April)!

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls