We have an award-winning Community Plot on-site (BAF Ted Green Award for Community Initiative). The Community Plot is facilitated voluntarily by plot holders, for local groups and individuals who want to learn how to grow vegetables organically & in harmony with nature.
Our Story so far …
The Community Plot was created by volunteers, and continues to be facilitated and developed entirely 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.
The Community Plot is a ‘deep green’ organic project and we encourage users to take time to sit and enjoy the experience, learning about nature and the environment, as much as food growing. Volunteers have commented on how they feel refreshed, calm, happy and connected on the Community Plot.
In 2019 we consulted on the Growing Connections Project with the Centre for Aging Better and as part of this offered guidance and support to our buddy garden, at the Older Women’s Co-housing Project in High Barnet.
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Barnet Mencap members have a session on the Community Plot on Thursdays – for updates on their gardening activities see: the Community Blog page
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.
Events and Training
Community Plot members are very active in the Annual Plant Sale, and also hold events, such as the Big Dig, and trainings.
The Community Plot is a Capital Growth Growing Space, and has hosted training sessions with Capital Growth. In 2019, we welcomed back Rasheeqa Ahmed for a session on hedge herbalism, in July we were delighted to welcome Environmental Arts Therapist Gary Nash who introduced the Circle of Trees ecotherapy; finally our own Brigid and Les offered a session called Go Slow and Grow, about how to adapt food growing to different abilities, especially as we age.
We welcome volunteers who would like to experience the Community Plot, by joining the Groups on Tuesdays or Thursdays. You will benefit from being outdoors/ learning or developing gardening skills, and will take home produce in season!
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.
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 contact Les Moore directly for an informal chat: 07957 388033
Funders and Supporters
We have benefitted from generous funding for materials from a range of organisations: the Centre for Aging Better; Royal Mencap Society, Postcode Lottery, Barnet Giving, Kitchen Gardens International, Marks & Spencer.
Money for seeds and sundries is raised through the Annual Plant Sale with Community Plot members growing most of the plants for sale and keeping the profits to re-invest in the Plot.
Many thanks also to the many Plot Holders who have volunteered to support the Community Plot.
|Thank you to Barnet Giving, for a £2,500 grant for the Community Plot disabled access.|
|Whetstone Stray Allotments received £2,000 from the Trust for our Community Plot polytunnel, and an additional £1,000 for a Community Improvement Programme with the Royal Mencap Society|
|Whetstone Stray Allotments disabled access composting toilets were funded by a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.|