Pilton Community Allotment Association
We operate on an Organic basis using no pesticides or chemical fertilisers.
Pilton allotment Association was set up on land leased from Michael Eavis in 2009. The site is situated at the East end of Top Street and we welcome anyone from our local area, including other villages nearby, who might wish to enjoy the benefits of growing their own food. We run the site via a committee and we have monthly work parties which enable us to tackle areas of the site which are communal and need a tidy up. These monthly work parties are an excellent opportunity to get together as a group and, as well as allowing us to keep the site tidy, they provide us with an unmissable opportunity to chat and eat cake!
The site has a clay based soil which is neutral to slightly alkaline, ideal for growing the A to Z of fruit and veg - from artichokes to zucchini in fact! We are an organic association, using no pesticides and only organic fertilizers and are lucky to be situated where there are horses and cows nearby giving us the availability of, and ready access to, organic compost. Anyone with a competitive nature can enter their prized produce in the Pilton Show, which is at the beginning of September (links to entry forms will be published at the asppropriate time).
We have in the past kept chickens. We had to part with these when it became clear that, due to the bird flu restrictions, all birds needed to be kept undercover.
Allotments are a fantastic hobby. They give you great exercise and cost a lot less than belonging to the local gym. They are sociable and you get to eat healthy fruit and veg (with no pesticides) that you have grown with your very own hands.
The site is of a reasonable size: overall the association has 14 full plots and 6 half plots. There are usually some of these plots vacant and available for rent. A full plot costs £30 and a half plot £15. So, if you would like to try your hand at allotmenteering please contact Cathy Lowe (Chair) on 01749 899298 or Linda Adams (Secretary) on 01747 860551. We would be delighted to hear from you.
If you would like to rent a plot please contact Cathy Lowe (Chair) on 01749 899298 or Linda Adams (Secretary) on 01749 860551.
HERBS AND THEIR USES
Pilton Community Allotment Association would like to invite you to attend a talk by Diane Redfern at Pilton Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th May.
Diane spent two years at Bristol University studying wildlife biology and she now runs an organic smallholding with chickens, geese and bees and a wildflower meadow, near Weston-super-Mare. She opens her garden to the public and to local schools. Her talk will be about herbs, their uses and how to grow them.
Tickets are available on the door at a cost of £2.00 to include tea and biscuits.