Dig It Community Allotment are looking for members of the local community to volunteer join in their local community project. The last year has seen a small and passionate group of volunteers develop the site. The team have spent the winter months preparing the allotment to be safe, providing a socially distanced space whilst still offering groups a sociable and practical setting. Dig It has recruited sessional workers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in gardening, social and horticultural therapy practices. As a charity we are run by a dedicated project coordinator and experienced team of trustees.
The activities provided improve the physical and mental health of all who take part. The allotment is a safe and secure community project that encourages volunteers to learn skills in growing fresh fruit and vegetables, gain knowledge on the impact of food, while offering an opportunity to socialise and make long lasting friendships.
Dig it provides volunteers with the chance to be active, reduces isolation and improve mental wellbeing.
“We have focussed our planting and growing this year on immune boosting fruit, vegetables and herbs. The pandemic has impacted how everyone feels about their health and we want to contribute further by providing knowledge on how different foods help our bodies to protect themselves and promote healthy eating with what we grow on site”
Volunteers do not need any previous gardening experience, just an interest in growing and love of the outdoors. The sessions are volunteer led and designed so that all who are involved can contribute to the development of the site. Tasks at the allotment are varied from planning, preparing the space, developing the site, planting, upkeep of the plots and harvesting what is grown. Dig It have a variety of community projects planned for 2021/2022 including an on site community kitchen initiative, medicinal & immune boosting herb project, Victorian edible plant garden at Bridge End Gardens and earth oven build in collaboration with Fairycroft House (delayed due to lockdown in 2020 and planned for the upcoming year) and much more.
“We are looking to grow our volunteer team to keep evolving as a community allotment and enable groups from all backgrounds and abilities to access the site for various activities. Our project is constantly developing and this would be an exciting time for anyone to take part”
Dig It Community Allotment is open to all – for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07975 572646