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.
At the straw bale house I joined a tour of St. Ann’s Allotments led by Mary who runs them.
Tom Oliver’s allotment – an old allotment maintained for its historical interest
The apple and pear orchard nursery
Julia’s allotment – a particular allotment presented as a showcase by St. Ann’s Allotments with the tenant and her friends in attendance.