Archive for October, 2012

Heritage Open Day at St Anns Allotments

It’s been over a month since our wonderful Heritage Open Day at the allotments and we thought it about time we shared a few photos and let you know what we got up to. Unfortunately, the STAA team and our brilliant volunteers were so busy on the day that we haven’t actually got that many pictures. So feel free to get in touch if you took any good ones!

The morning started off with a promisingly blue sky and a crowd of people eager for the first tour of the day, led by Frances. The Gardens Past and Present Tour led us through the history of the site and stopped off at Charlie’s plot (which is always fun!), the Perry Orchard and finally Oliver’s Plot. Other tours of the day showed the renovations of the Western Bank and conservation and wildlife areas.

This was the first time that Oliver’s Plot had been shown to the public, and we got some very positive feedback from visitors. It’s the perfect place to relax and escape the noise of the city. Many people enjoyed wandering around and admiring all the hard work our volunteers have put in. There’s also a fantastic view over Nottingham.

Lots of fun things were going on in the Community Orchard! Children particularly loved pond dipping in the Urban Nature wildlife area.

It was hard to escape the International Gardener, who wandered around with a group of kids, singing compliments to passers by!

The day was full of lively fun, however some people also like to find a peaceful spot to settle down for an hour or two. Hidden away over the bridge and in a sunny patch of grass, a family spent their day enjoying a picnic!

We all had a great time and hope you did too! For more photos, please see our Facebook page.


October 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm 4 comments

Autumn 2012 Newsletter

The Autumn 2012 Newsletter is now available. Please click on the front page below to see the whole newsletter.

October 18, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Apple Day!


October 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Details for the Next AGM

October 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

Competition Time!

The Nottinghamshire Local History Association has launched an exciting competition for young Nottingham writers.

The My Place Competition encourages entrants aged 7–18 to produce a descriptive leaflet/brochure called ‘A History of My Place’, which can be the street where they live or where their family has lived in the past. It can be a street someone likes to visit or a group of houses they find interesting. It could be a public building, a school, a hospital, or a favorite visitor attraction. Having decided on a location, the young participant(s) should carry out research into the location, its history, usage, and inhabitants. Entrants could pay particular attention to any changes which might have happened since they were born.

For more information and to download an entry form, visit the NLHA homepage. The closing date is 31st December 2012 – so get writing!


October 3, 2012 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Gateway to Nature Activity Dates for October

There’s lots of outdoor fun to be had in and around Nottinghamshire over the next few weeks. Make art from recycled goods, celebrate Autumn at Elvaston Castle or enjoy some spooky Halloween pumpkin carving! Click on the posters below for all of the activity dates.


October 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

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