Plans for first ‘City of Derby Garden and Allotment Festival’ are now well developed and official advertising material will be posted soon!
The event at Markeaton Park on Sunday 28th August aims to celebrate and raise the profile of all Allotments, Gardens and Friends of Parks and Gardens across the city of Derby.
We are now looking for people willing to share their positive stories about having an allotment plot, as well as groups and projects on the various sites who want to promote their work, raise funds and perhaps recruit volunteers. Please contact me directly if you are interested in either of these. Tel 07973 543334
Planned activities in the ‘Allotment’ area of the event will include; pop up plots, re-cycling ideas, preserving the future, fruit and veg taste the difference, bee-keeping and expert guest speakers. There will also be displays of ‘living story boards’, site projects and a map ‘finding an allotment near you’ – hopefully these will be supported by volunteers willing to share experiences.
There is also going to be an area adjacent to ‘Allotment’ sector for stalls selling goods and services allotment, garden or wildlife related. If you or someone you know are interested having a stall at the event please contact me directly. Stalls are available for a small charge of £15 for hobbyists and sole traders and £25 for commercial businesses. This is a great opportunity to reach a huge audience so book your place now to avoid disappointment.
Whilst some committees and members of Derby Allotment communities may feel we need to stay ‘off the radar’, the steering committee behind this event believes promotion is not only important for the sustainability of allotments for future generations but also allows a wider group of people to enjoy the benefits of having a plot today.
Hopefully many of you reading this will feel the same way and will get behind this and future events. We’d love as many volunteers as possible to help with setting up, growing produce to sample & sell (obviously we need to start on this now!), looking after stalls and any other help you can give. A volunteer meeting has been organised at Markeaton Park Craft Village for Wednesday 22nd June at 7pm. Please come along and meet us.
Thank you for reading and hope to see you soon.