There's nothing like eating your own food - delicious!

The Friends of Coldean recollect their memories of allotments

By Lu Pearson

Photo:Members of the group during a session

Members of the group during a session

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:The Friends during an activity

The Friends during an activity

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo:Members of the group in the Cafe at New Larchwood Centre

Members of the group in the Cafe at New Larchwood Centre

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Memories of allotments held in the local area.     

Allotments in Britain have been recorded as early as the 18th Century, those created in Nottingham are considered to be the oldest.  Each local authority is required to provide 'adequate provision' of land.  An allotment plot is required to produce flowers, fruit or vegetables for use by the plot-holder and their family.


'All I remember of allotments here is that it was all flint.  It was difficult getting things to grow in the soil.'

'We used to grow very good runner beans, until our bees got confused and instead of going in the front of the flowers to pollinate them, they used to go in the back of the flowers, as it was easier access for them for the honey.  We didn't get many beans after that.'

'I remember picking things in the garden - chard I think.  This was a green leaf on a red stalk.  I used to grow a lot of spinach. We used to grow quite a lot of a few vegetables.  When we moved here, they'd looked after the garden.  My big disaster was the asparagus bed. The trouble was we got moles, and moles and asparagus - no way!  We planted this one plant, and every time an asparagus spear came up, my mum used to take it and put it in the fridge.  She'd keep doing it until she had enough for a dinner.'


'My husband had an allotment ever since we first got married.  We always grew our own food.  Nothing like eating your own food - delicious!'

'My husband used to line up chimney pots in our garden to grow veg in.'

'My husband was chair of the Coldean Allotment Association for 15 years.  They meet opposite the church every week.'


'My dad was a good gardener.'


These sessions were facilitated by volunteer Lyn Strong and Same Sky artists.  It was also supported by Steve Andrews at the Trust for Developing Communities (TDC).

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