Our Community Plot is a free to use resource, which benefits the wider community in Barnet. The presence of community plot members increases diversity and enhances the experience of growing together on Whetstone Stray Allotments. Community Plot members are very active in the Plant Sale, and also hold events, such as the Big Dig, and trainings.
The Community Plot is a Capital Growth Growing Space, and training partner. Since 2018 we have hosted training on site for the public and plot holders. Last year’s trainings were very popular, and this year we will welcome back Rashida Ahmed for another session on hedge herbalism, we are also delighted to welcome Environmental Arts Therapist Gary Nash who will introduce the Circle of Trees ecotherapy; and finally our own Brigid and Les will lead a session called Go Slow and Grow, about how to adapt food growing to different abilities, especially as we age.
Click here to see a slideshow, which was shown at the Mencap AGM 2017 as part of the Community Opportunities Project (COPS), to an audience including the Mayor of Barnet.
The Community Plot was created by volunteers, and continues to be facilitated and developed by voluntary activity. Starting in 2016, a group of 12 people with learning disabilities began to create the Community Plot, with support from the Royal Mencap Society, and plot holders. Funding for materials has come from the Royal Mencap Society, Postcode Lottery, Barnet Giving, Kitchen Gardens International, and Marks & Spencer. Money for seeds and sundries is raised through the Annual Plant Sale.
There are two groups, the Mencap COPS Group (Thursdays) and a maintenance volunteer group on Tuesdays which is open to all. We also welcome plot holders who can help out with watering, and we are always keen to hear from anyone who has any ideas for further development.
We welcome volunteers who would like to help out on the Community Plot. You will benefit from being outdoors/ learning or developing gardening (or carpentry) skills, and will take home produce in season!
To find out more, register with Volunteering Barnet : volunteeringbarnet.co.uk or go to the Volunteer Drop-in on Wednesdays 2-4pm at the Arts Depot in North Finchley.
You can also volunteer through Active Volunteering Barnet 020 8364 8400 EXT. 247 // 07506 845 985 OR EMAIL
You can also contact Les Moore directly for an informal chat: 07957 388033