“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
Neil Hopkins Decoy Field
At the awards evening last year, I gave a very special award to Neil Hopkins, a long serving member at Decoy Field. Sadly, it now falls to me to inform members of Neil’s passing on Sunday 26th May, after a long battle against several illnesses.
Neil encouraged and helped countless new members (including me) over the years. He gave plants to new members to help them get started, rotovated their plots for them if needed, he served on the Management Committee and was instrumental in helping to get the shop up and running. He headed up the team that dug the wildlife ponds for the Greater Crested Newts, an endangered species. Of course, he will be most remembered for his passion for bees which he re-introduced to Decoy Field and Coach Road Field. His hives were the envy of many of his colleagues at numerous Beekeepers Associations.
Neil was a special man with very special talents, and he will be missed for his humour, his knowledge and his unbounded kindness. He really was the “guru” of Decoy Field.
On behalf of the Committee and Members I send our sincere condolences to his family many of whom are known to members at Decoy Field
Due to requests from many members at Decoy a collection box has been set up in the shop for donations for a memorial to Neil. At the moment a bench with a plaque has been suggested for the wildlife area, however this will be the members’ decision not the Committee’s.
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.