“My Lords, the Government recognise the importance of allotment gardening for food provision, recreation and the sustainable regeneration of towns and cities. The Government are aware of the value of allotments to the whole community, as well as to the individuals who use them”.
Baroness Hayman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, quoted in Hansard, April 11, 1998
The start of a new decade and a new allotmenting year
On behalf of the Management Team a Happy New Year to all members, I hope you had a good Christmas and that as the days start to draw out your thoughts, like mine, turn to planting plans for the coming year.
I want to thank all the members that were conscientious and made a point of paying their rent promptly, more of you are using the on-line facility and that makes life much easier for all of us.
2020 is going to be a busy year for the Association. We have already had a meeting with the Devon Wildlife Trust regarding a possible partnership and some advice regarding preservation of wildlife habitat, something that is going to become even more important going forward. In March The Secretary and I have been invited to a meeting to discuss the setting up of a South West regional Panel for the NAS, this can only be good for the allotment movement in the South West if we can get it off the ground.
With wildlife areas being created on all fields we will need some working parties to help with some of the tasks that need to be undertaken, so see the January Newsletter for details.
It is important that we build up a database of all wildlife on all fields. So if you care about wildlife and would like to take part this year, click on this link https://nadcaa.org.uk/allotment-wildlife-watch/ it will take you to a page where you can inform us about who you are, what you have seen and where and when you saw it. When you press submit it will come straight to our email for analysis.
If you want to read a report by the Devon wildlife Trust about the damage being done to our wildlife and the problems we are creating for ourselves then click on this link to a page on our website. https://nadcaa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/DWT-Insect-Declines.pdf
Sadly progress is slow on the two new sites at the Hele Park development. All of the topsoil has been removed and access is not going to be easy (30 steps up to one of the fields!).
I feel that it is going to be both an exciting and hopefully fruitful (forgive the pun) new year.
Wishing all members a very good growing season.
Tim Callard (Chairman)
Discover The World Of Allotment Gardening
We are a community enterprise run by a group of volunteers helping its members and making allotment gardening available to the citizens of Newton Abbot and District.
The Association was founded in the early 20th century. Today we have five fields, namely; Blake’s, Bradley, Coach Road, Cooke’s and Decoy.
Newton Abbot Town Council is our Statutory Authority, and we have a close and happy relationship working with them as our landlord.
The Benefits of Allotments
- Healthier, tastier food
- A satisfying hobby
- Fresh air and exercise
- A return to nature
- Resource conservation
- Friendship opportunities
- Your very own food supply
- Community spirit
- Therapeutic relief of stress and depression
- Fresh food for family, friends and the community
- A chance to keep bees, rabbits and chickens (including rare breeds)
- Room for your own greenhouse and shed
- A place to grow fruit and flowers for the home, as well as vegetables
- An opportunity to enter your produce into yearly competitions.
- A place to create your own haven for wildlife.