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003 Last weekend LWCG and Walkley Bank Allotment Society (WBAS) held their second joint fundraising BBQ. It was a lovely afternoon with food, competitions, childrens activities, an auction and live music.


It was great to see people that have been involved with the garden over the last 2 years and people that had no idea the garden was there so they were seeing it for the first time, and she was looking her best with all the tidying that had been going on, the seating that was out and the bunting and balloon decorations that had been put up.

Children were entertained with Lori’s excellent face painting and Amanda and Owen dug up some clay and showed the children how to make pots, an amazing amount of pottery was created by the children and all put on the tree to dry

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A huge thank you to everyone that came along and to everyone involved. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves. We raised £400 which will be split between LWCG and WBAS. Thank you !!!


looking back (part 1)

Lower Walkley community garden has been up and running for nearly a year now. The transformation that has happened in that time has been amazing (I think that was said quite a few times last year, usually after a work day).

I wanted to create this blog as a way of keeping track of the garden’s development; so much has happened in the first year that it is already beginning to get blurry in my memory what happened when and how and why…

So the garden’s history up to today is something like this – in Summer 2012 after a chance conversation with someone about the lack of available allotments on Morley Street and the frustration felt walking past a huge area of unused council land which could be happily used for allotments, a meeting was called and it became clear that many people felt that the land should be brought back into use for the community, but a large area of the land had been contaminated with asbestos some years previously.

Over the next 6 months a few more meetings were held to see what local people would like to do with the land, interesting conversations were had with various people that knew the history of the land and a committee was formed; a constitution signed in December and the council gave permission for an area of 4 allotments (which were not part of the contaminated land) to be used to create a community garden.First year, rent free. Whoop!