About us

The Axbridge Community Allotment was formed as an Unincorporated Association in 2008 after a year long search for land and interested members.  Initially Mark Liebman and Sarah Laborde, town residents who had their names on a long Town Council allotment waiting list approached Council with the idea of starting a community garden.  Twenty three signatures of interested residents were gained after a stint at the Farmer's Market and this supported the formation of a community allotment.

With help from the then Councillor, Jim Lukins, we rented land at Bailiffs Wall, and a bit later we also rented three plots of the Town Council allotments at Hillside.

The Association consists of about 20 members, with a small management committee including a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.  We aim not to have too many organisational meetings - mainly just the AGM in February before the growing season kicks in.  We are a relatively informal, practical group so we prefer to grow food and discuss issues when we are at the allotment sites.  In Spring, Summer and Autumn we have weekly get-togethers at Bailiff's Wall, and a monthly session at Hillside.  But individual members can of course put in whatever time they wish, when they wish. In Winter we gather to celebrate the winter solstice with a good meal, a drink, and some "seed catalogue" gardening.

 
We have members young and old and we welcome people of all abilities and experience. Sharing knowledge and ideas makes us an interesting and robust group.  We have a high raised bed for people who are less able and who may find it difficult to bend over low ground beds.  If you have any special growing needs we would like to cater for you so please let us know.

 bed  Jill on pump

We have two kinds of membership.  Full Members who really want to grow food and share the produce and a number of Associate Members who support our group in various ways but who do not wish to share in the produce and generally spend less time at the allotment. 

How does it work?

At first, some people wondered how the community "shared" project would work.  In fact, we have never found sharing to be a difficult issue.  Sharing the work often means there is another pair of hands to take care of a crop if someone is very busy.  A summer watering rota keeps the tunnel and raised beds happy over the holiday period.  Sharing of produce is done in several different ways depending on what it is.  If it is a large crop such as potatoes then we divide it into equal proportions for our full members.  Other things such as runner beans and tomatoes are there for all members to harvest as needed - the problem is often that things are growing too fast to keep up with picking them! Some of us are ace cooks and jam and preserve makers, which creates a further delicious way of sharing out the plenty.

 






The Axbridge Community Allotment Association is a project of the Sustainable Axbridge Network
Creating a Bioregional Approach for a sustainable future 
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