St. Ann’s Allotments Open Day 2010-05-16

Yesterday, Sunday 16th May 2010, I attended an Open Day at St. Ann’s Allotments in the Hungerhill Gardens, St. Ann’s, Nottingham. It was an opportunity to see what is going on there, especially Ecoworks which is one of the major projects on the site (a business in fact). I didn’t get to see everything I wanted because I got there a little late and it closed after a few hours, plus there really was just too much to see and it is a huge area! But I took lots of photos and even recorded some audio.

I went partly as a member of Transition Forest Fields, to do some reportage of the event. I had intended to do some videoing, especially of short to-camera interviews with key people. In the end I didn’t do any, partly because I hadn’t really arranged it in advance and that probably would have been a good idea (a pointer for the future) and also because people were too busy and things kept moving along. Altho I was supposed to hook up with fellow TFF members I managed to miss them entirely until afterwards. (!)

I’ve uploaded my photos to http://s1016.photobucket.com/albums/af286/matmcveagh/Events/STAA%202010-05-16/, and now also posted most of them below with captions. The thumbnails link to medium-sized copies on Photobucket; where noted a photo of some detailed information links to a full-size copy on a file host. Click on those to read close-up text.

Vector 3 is a wind turbine making business based in Nottingham.

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Vector 3 infoboard. Click for detailed full-size copy with readable text
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Ecoworks

The strawberry patch, the view down the hill, and the plant stall
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Ecoworks infoboard. Click for detailed full-size copy with readable text
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The eating area and polytunnel
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The van of Harvest Cafe, Ecoworks’ catering section
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Willow-weaving
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A ‘showhome’, outside and in
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A vegetable patch and some wilderness areas
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Some totem type sculptures
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A freshly-dug polytunnel, the inside of the straw bale house, and a renovated Victorian allotment shed.
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At the straw bale house I joined a tour of St. Ann’s Allotments led by Mary who runs them.

Two shots of a particularly interesting-looking allotment
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Tom Oliver’s allotment – an old allotment maintained for its historical interest

The infoboard on Mr. Oliver and his allotment.
Click for detailed full-size copy with readable text
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The broken-down shed and greenhouse, which they are hoping to repair
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Some nice views of St. Ann’s and Sneinton to the south (L to R: SE, S, SW)
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Close-up on the tower block in Sneinton
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The apple and pear orchard nursery

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The orchard nursery infoboard. Click for detailed full-size copy with readable text
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Julia’s allotment – a particular allotment presented as a showcase by St. Ann’s Allotments with the tenant and her friends in attendance.

Vegetable beds
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The more decorative, recreational area
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The route to the bottom, examining a well, and a seedling sale display
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Click the seedling display pic for detailed full-size copy

Views from Julia’s allotment
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The last photo is a look back at the plank I’d just walked over to cross a ditch to get into the STAA Community Orchard. 🙂 Unfortunately my camera battery ran out here!
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