Fillongley Allotment Association was formed in 1948 on a 2 acre site provided for the use of villagers by the William Avery Trust charity. At that time the 20 plots were in full use. When a by-pass was planned to drive a path through the site in later years and the older members retired, interest waned and the site became overgrown. By May, 2004 barely 5 plots were in use.
The remaining members reformed the Association and applied to the Allotment Regeneration Initiative (ARI) for £5000 to renovate the site. The application was successful and the money given, by the Esmée Fairbairn Trust, in October 2004. Much of the project is now complete. The site has been cleared and ploughed and the soil worked down. The hedges have been cut. The plots have be re-marked out and rotovated and plot holders are back on site, growing vegetables for the new season in 2005. A container has been purchased to store supplies and maintenance equipment. To celebrate the successful outcome of the project, the allotment folk had a 'container warming' party in May, 2005.
Funding and support
The Association applied to ARI for a further £250 under the Beer and Buses scheme. This allowed our members to visit other successful sites in the local area. So far, we have been entertained and supported by the Ansley, Moorlands and May Lane Allotment Associations. A further trip is planned to the Narborough Allotments who are busy installing solar power.
We were also granted a generous discount by B&Q when we purchased supplies and maintenance equipment.
The Association are pleased to announce that the Heart of England Community Foundation have granted us a further £2000 to cover the cost of a new fence. This work is planned to start in the nest few months.
There are still a very few plots available on the regenerated site – although they are rapidly being snapped up. If you would like to consider having one yourself or going on a waiting list, then please contact us. We are a diverse group of people of differing backgrounds and ages but we all share a passion for growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. Do come and join us – our meetings are usually held on the first Monday of each month at 8:00pm in the Fillongley Working Men’s Club, or come and visit the site by the Village Hall in Fillongley.
For further information:
Telephone: 01676 541576 - Jayne Moore