Welcome to Walton Road Allotments Website. We are a medium sized allotment site comprising 50 plots, which are a mixture of full and half plots.
It is our aim to provide a friendly, communal, safe environment for members, and their children and visitors to our site. To promote gardening as a recreational activity, and to help new gardeners and members of the wider community wherever possible, learn about cultivating produce.
We grow flora, fruit and vegetables, in harmony with the fauna that share our allotment site. The WRAS committee encourages members to conserve rainwater, recycle green waste and advise on the use of organic practices.
Working a Plot
Renting an allotment is incredibly rewarding but it is also hard work. Before you consider an allotment you need to make sure that you have the time to cultivate and look after your plot.
You need to invest at least 8 hours each week, probably more, in the growing season for planting, weeding, hoeing and harvesting. You will also need time to sew, pot on, prepare the ground and plan during the winter and spring months.
After harvesting you will need time to prepare your harvest for eating, freezing, preserving or bottling. It is amazing how much time this takes.
You also need your own transport as every weed and waste that is not compostable needs to be taken from the site to the tip or your green bin.
You will be expected to keep your plot weed free and you need to cultivate at least 75% of your plot, with the remainder set aside for sheds, greenhouses, composting etc.
If you do not have this amount of time then renting an allotment is probably not for you. If you do have the time, the rewards are wonderful.
Please read Working a Plot above before you consider renting a plot.
Unfortunately we currently have no vacant plots.
If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please use the contact form below and send the following:
Plant Sales & More
We have plants for sale all year round but have a bigger selection during the spring and summer months. Our plant sales (which are very reasonably priced) generate funds which are split 50% to the society for the upkeep of the site, and 50% to Christie hospital Haematology and Transplant Support unit (HATS). To date, we have donated more than £2000 to Christies.
Learn more about HATS here: http://www.hatsupport.co.uk
We also have rhubarb and other produce for sale seasonally. Watch our noticeboard for further information.
What's New This Month
LOOKING AFTER HEDGEHOGS
Hedgehogs are the gardener’s friend! They eat slugs and snails so will help you to protect your plants in the garden!
Hedgehogs usually hibernate between November and March. To attract hedgehogs to your garden you can try providing a natural shelter using log, leaf and compost piles. You could place a piece of board against a pile of bricks to form a kind of shelter or buy a purpose built hedgehog house. You can put food and drink out for hedgehogs.
DO NOT PUT COWS’ MILK OUT FOR THEM AS THEY ARE LACTOSE INTOLERANT. COWS’ MILK WILL GIVE THEM DIARRHOEA.
You can leave out minced meat, fresh liver, tinned dog food (not fish-based) or even scrambled eggs. Leave out fresh water each night in a shallow bowl. Check and replace food and water daily and dispose of food if not eaten.
IF YOU HAVE A PILE OF WOOD READY FOR BONFIRE NIGHT PLEASE CHECK THAT THERE RE NO HEDGEHOGS HIBERNATING IN THERE!
Further information can be obtained from rspca.org.uk
Please see this booklet that Carolyne found. It contains some great info about hedgehogs. Please click on this link:
If you have a question or would like to find out more about our allotment or waiting list, please complete the form below.
Find us at the top of Walton Road, Sale, adjacent to the cemetery.