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About

Situated between New Basford and Whitemoor and nestling between the Tram Depot and the Ring Road, Whitemoor Allotments occupy around 17 acres of land just over 2 miles from Nottingham City Centre. The main gate is on Wilkinson Street but there is another gate at the other end of the site on Western Boulevard.

The site contains 143 gardens; the largest of which is approximately 600 square yards and the smallest is 150 square yards. Our facilities also include 2 large car parks, a recycling compound, a site shop, a community cabin that we use for events and even two composting toilets!

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Tenants of the allotments are constituted as ‘The Whitemoor Gardenholders Association’. The Association holds the ground on a 25 year lease from Nottingham City Council.

The WGHA is managed and run by a volunteering committee consisting of a Chair and Treasurer as well as 7 working groups:

Tenancy group – Reviews Tenancy agreements and collects rental.  Oversees inspections and lets empty plots. Manages the Garden Service Team.  

Maintenance group – Helps to keep the site well maintained. This includes cutting the grass in the avenues and trimming communal hedges.

Legal group – Ensures that the Association abides by current legislation and deals with various legal issues concerning allotments.

Internal Communications group – Keeps tenants updated by text or email with any news or notices and deals with tenants queries.

Events & Publicity group – Plans and manages on-site events including the Annual Open day, Produce Day and Bonfire night.

Shop group – The allotment shop is open every Saturday between 10am – 12pm and stocks a wide variety of allotment essentials.

Wildlife group – Fosters wildlife on the site.

If you want to personally make a difference, contact us to see how you can contribute. We always welcome a helping hand.

Gardens are let mainly to individuals and families but we also have 2 schools on site, and Nottingham Organic Gardeners have their demonstration garden on our site. A small group of people keep chickens at the site and there are an increasing number of beehives.

The particular character of the site is provided by the privet hedges that delineate each garden.

Whilst the hedges provide privacy and security for each tenant they also mean our gardeners have the (at least) twice yearly chore of hedge cutting, this can be a major headache both for our tenants and for the management committee, who have to ensure the work is done.

The tenancy group have recently set-up the WGHA Garden Service Team which consists of a group of helpful tenants from the site who for a small fee can be called upon to assist tenants unable to trim their hedges themselves.  They are also available for other jobs on request.  Please contact the tenancy team for details.

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The Site Shop is open on Saturday mornings selling everything from compost to canes and potato seed to enviromesh.

The shop is currently run by Lorraine Smedley, assisted by her team of volunteers.

The Compound is a gated secure area where we store leaf mould, wood chippings, manure, paving slabs and anything else we can get our hands on. Plant pots are recycled to new users from here. Open every Saturday morning, (please ask at the shop for the key) or by arrangement with the committee. Most items are freely available to tenants.

(The compound is undergoing maintenance at the moment; we are having concrete bases installed so there may be limited access to the compound until this work is completed which we anticipate to be by end December 2018)

One allotment researcher investigating the history of the site claims that in the early years of the last century the land now occupied by Whitemoor Allotments was used for growing hops for the nearby Shipstones Brewery. In the mid 1920’s James Shipstone gave the land to the City Council and the allotments were created.

Out of work miners eager for temporary employment were brought in to set out the avenues and plant the hedges. Many allotments have the remains of foundations and brick footings, evidence of what must have been quite significant buildings and greenhouses on them which can be attributed, along with the hedges, to the work of these men.

 

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- Friday May 27 - 8:56am

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- Sunday Sep 13 - 4:14pm

Common Blue, just sat on a blade of grass, let me pick it and the grass up without moving, nice! 😀 http://t.co/HLhWZsUzsx
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