Whetstone Stray Allotments has an award-winning Community Plot (BAF Ted Green Award for Community Initiative), facilitated by plot holders. The Community Plot is for local groups and volunteers who want to learn how to grow vegetables organically & in harmony with nature.
Current Volunteer Days
There are currently two groups, the Mencap COPS Group (Thursdays) and a maintenance volunteer group on Tuesdays which is open to anyone who would benefit from being outdoors and learning how to grow your own vegetables. Volunteers take home produce in season.
Barnet Mencap members have a Group on the Community Plot on Thursdays – for regular 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 training partner. Since 2018 we have hosted training on site for the public and plot holders.
This year, we welcomed back Rasheeqa Ahmed for another session on hedge herbalism, in July 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.
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.
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.
For our latest news on our Growing Connections Project see the Community Plot News page.
We welcome volunteers who would like to help out on the Community Plot, 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
|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.|