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Celebrate the Harvest at St Anns Allotments

We had lots of fun at the Victorian Tea Party last weekend. We even had our picture in the Nottingham Post – take a look at our costumes! But the fun’s not over! We’re now looking forward to our next event this Sunday, where we’ll be celebrating the harvest. See below for more details…
Harvest Celebration PosterWant to bring some of your own produce to show off? Why not enter one of our competitions?

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September 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

This Month’s Events at St Anns Allotments

For those who like tea and cake!

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One for the kids…

Activity Day 15th Sept

And an event to celebrate the harvest! (Please click for a larger image).

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September 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

What’s New at St Anns Allotment Visitor Centre

Phew! What a summer! We’ve had lots of visitors at the new centre and on tours around the site. Everyone seems to have really enjoyed walking around our allotments and we’ve had lots of very positive feedback.

Over the summer, signs (paid for by Heritage Lottery Funds) have been popping up all over the site, thanks to Nick from Something Visual. The signs have already been useful for new tenants and visitors. What do you think?

No more getting lost on site! Click here for more pictures.

No more getting lost on site! Click here for more pictures.

The weather is now much cooler, but think back to the sweltering heat of July – that’s when we decided to start shooting our film! Over two or three very hot days we filmed at Oliver’s Heritage Display Garden and near the visitor centre. We even have some aerial shots of the site. All actors and film crew were provided with plenty of cool drinks and everyone had a lot of fun! We’ve only seen a sneaky peak of the film, and can’t wait to see it all when it’s finished.

As you can see, we’ve had a summer packed with new and exciting projects, but it doesn’t stop there! We are delighted that St Anns Allotments has been chosen by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for the latest walk in its “Discovering Britain” series. The free self-guided walk tells the story of the development of this unique site. To take a look at the route and download the free audio or written walking guide, click here. If you’re an allotment holder on site, you may recognise some familiar voices on the audio guide, so listen carefully! Please note that we have the walking guide in booklet form at the visitor centre, which will be available to buy or rent. We hope to have mp3 players soon, so watch this space.

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Summer has been great and we have lots more planned in September too. We hope to see you all at the Victorian Tea Party on Saturday 14th September (don’t forget to dress up) and at our Harvest Celebration on Sunday 22nd September. If you’re an allotment holder at St Anns Allotments and fancy showing your plot off, why not enter one of the competitions below – it’s free! Please contact the office on 0115 9589255 for more details.

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August 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm 1 comment

Summer 2013 Newsletter

It’s summer! And time for the next edition of our newsletter. Please click on the front page below to read about what we’ve been up to this summer and what’s on over the coming months.Summer 13 Newsletter1

July 31, 2013 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

What’s On – Summer 2013

We’ve settled in to the new Visitor Centre nicely, and have already had a lot of  visitors. If you haven’t been yet, take a look at our tours and events below!

We are especially excited about the Heritage Open Day in September, where you can enjoy a  Victorian themed tea party.

Please note: tours are £2 per person.

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Saturday 10th August 11 – 3pm, tour at noon

Wednesday 14th August 12 – 3pm, tour at 1:30pm

Wednesday 11th September 12 – 3pm, tour at 1:30pm

Saturday 14th September Heritage Open Day – 

Victorian Tea Party 11 – 3pm, tour at noon

Sunday 22nd September Harvest Celebration – times to be confirmed

Wednesday 9th October 12 – 3pm, tour at 1:30pm

We hope to see you soon!

We also have lots going on at the Community Orchard over the summer for local families.

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July 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

What’s New at St Anns Allotments Visitor Centre

We’ve been very busy bees at STAA recently. Some of it has been because of boring things such as rents and organising new tenancy agreements. But we’ve also had a lot of exciting things going on. Here are just a few of the things that we’ve been up to…

At the beginning of May we (finally!) moved to our brand spanking new Visitor Centre. We arrived just in time to see the finishing touches being put up in the visitor area – what a colourful wall!

 

Working from the new Visitor Centre is great for the office based STAA workers who can now spend their lunchtimes walking around the beautiful site. The office is only a few minutes away from views like this…

It’s also a comfortable base for the people that usually work on site to use when the weather isn’t so pleasant.

Many tenants have already popped by to say hello and have a little snoop around. Now that we are on site, it’s going to be much easier for tenants to keep in touch.

Dominic Heale and Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie joined us for an official opening, with a ribbon cutting moment and everything! (Click here for an article and video).

The committee will also be organising a small event for tenants to celebrate the opening of the centre, so watch this space.

As well as moving and celebrating, we’ve also been busy getting ready for our summer events and tours. Oliver’s Heritage Display Garden has never looked so good! We’re so lucky to have such a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers who have put in so much time and effort. Thanks guys!

And of course, all of this wouldn’t be possible without Kate, who sadly left last week. We said goodbye to her in true English fashion with tea, cake and pouring rain! Luckily we were all sheltered in the Victorian glasshouse so didn’t get too wet.

Goodbye Kate! Thanks for all of your hard work!

Goodbye Kate! Thanks for all of your hard work!

Talking of tea and cake. Everyone at STAA is very excited about our upcoming event – the Victorian Tea Party! We’ve had lots of fun planning and researching. Here’s a little taster of what you can expect…

So if you’re in Nottingham next Saturday and fancy a treat, why not come along! Click on the picture below for more information.

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If tea and cakes aren’t your thing, we do have other events and tours, check out our listings here. If you’d prefer to roll up your sleeves and do some work outdoors, we have plenty of volunteering opportunities; find out more here. Why should adults have all the fun? We also run activity days for kids!

For more photos and regular updates, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter!

June 1, 2013 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Spring has finally arrived! And along with it, our spring newsletter. Please click on the front page below to read about what’s on over the coming months and to (finally!) find out our new address.

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April 18, 2013 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

Events and Tours at the Allotments in the Spring and Summer

Our new Visitor Centre on Ransom Road will open in the spring and we finally have some dates and opening times for you…

We’re especially excited about our Victorian Tea Party in June!

Tea1Saturday 11th May 11 – 3pm, with a tour at noon

Wednesday 15th May 12 – 3pm, with a tour at 1:30pm

Saturday 8th June ‘Victorian Tea Party’ 11 – 3pm, with a tour at noon

Wednesday 12th June 12 – 8pm, with a tour at 1:30pm and 6pm

Wednesday 10th July 12 – 8pm, with a tour at 1:30pm and 6pm

Saturday 13th July 11 – 3pm, with a tour at noon

We hope to see you soon!

February 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm 3 comments

Oliver’s Heritage Display Garden Through the Seasons 2012

Here at St Anns Allotments we are very lucky to have such a wonderful volunteer team. Take a look at all the hard work put in to develop our Heritage Display Garden through the seasons in 2012.

Live in Nottingham and interested in being part of this?

Contact Mo: mo_heritage@staa-allotments.org.uk 

January 10, 2013 at 10:24 am Leave a comment

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

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