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November Update

If you like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you might have noticed that we have started loading our time capsule!

Here’s a a sneak peek of some of the things we’re putting in…

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To find out more, take a look at our Facebook timeline photos. Each photo has a short explanation and we’ll be adding more soon.

The time capsule will be buried in the centre of our labyrinth which is being worked on by DISO volunteers.

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Here’s a picture of the DISO team.

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In other news: Last month we were sad to see Rob Zviko leave. We enjoyed a nice meal at Mister Pizza in West Bridgford to say goodbye. Here’s the whole STAA staff team below (with Rob in the middle) – you don’t often see us all in one place at the same time!

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Rob leaving does mean that we are now recruiting a Partnership and Volunteer Development Officer. For more information, please visit our website.

Finally, we’d like to share a colourful photo from the Heritage Display Garden to cheer up the winter blues. To see more photos, take a look at the Facebook album.

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November 21, 2013 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Elderflower Fritters… Yum!

If anyone saw me walking around with a pair of scissors and an empty bag earlier today, I was attempting to find and collect the last elderflowers of the year.

My plan had been to make elderflower cordial. But when I returned to the Visitor Centre, a couple of people started raving about elderflower fritters, and I was intrigued. They sounded so tasty, I decided to give them a go instead!

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It’s best to pick the flowers when they are still very white and new. I should have gone elderflower foraging a couple of weeks ago really, but there were still a few pretty, delicate white flowers on the trees around the allotments, and I didn’t do too badly.

When I got home, I looked up a recipe, and found this simple one from Nigel Slater.

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First of all, you have to make the batter: Beat 100g of sifted plain flour, 2 tablespoons of oil and 175ml of sparkling mineral water into a stiff paste, then add a tablespoon of sugar. Leave the batter to rest for 30 minutes.

While you’re waiting, dip the elderflowers into cold water and get rid of any insects. Cut the flower heads, leaving a bit of a stem so that you can pick the fritters up with your fingers. Leave to dry on paper towels.

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Just before you fry the elderflower heads, beat an egg white and fold into the batter. Heat up a pan of oil, and when hot enough, dip the flower heads into the batter and place into the hot oil. It shouldn’t take long for the batter to turn a light golden brown. Take the fritters out and dip into a bowl of caster sugar.

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The fritters will be cool enough to eat within a few moments. It’s best to eat them while they are still warm and crisp. Yum!

Do you have a favourite elderflower recipe to share? Let us know!

July 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm 1 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

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Although the snow in January was very pretty (we have the photos to prove it!), we have to admit that we are relieved that it’s all melted. No more slipping and sliding on the treacherously icy paths! We’re also happy to have our volunteer sessions back up and running.

Seeing as January is coming to an end, we thought we’d celebrate getting through the first month of 2013 with a few of our favourite snowy pictures. You can see more in our Facebook album.

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Walking through the allotments really did feel like walking through a glorious Winter Wonderland!

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We checked up on our newly planted trees which were surviving the cold.

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Even the mushrooms couldn’t hide from the snow.

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Finally, we couldn’t resist walking past the pear tree on 8th Avenue. Doesn’t it look magnificent silhouetted against the sky?

January 31, 2013 at 11:24 am 2 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

Have you visited us on Facebook yet?

If you are on Facebook, you may want to visit and ‘like’ us on http://www.facebook.com/staa.allotments. One of our gardeners, James has set up the page for us and is working with staff to develop videos for the account (to be accessed via YouTube). Pass it on…

March 31, 2011 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

STAA Site Photography Competition

STAA are looking for photographs that reflect life on the allotments, for a calendar. We’d like photos of people, plants and gardens at different times of the year. Deadline for submissions is 30th July 2011.
For more information and a copy of the guidelines please contact Mo at the office. mo_heritage@staa-allotments.org.uk

February 15, 2011 at 10:59 am Leave a comment


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