Volunteers dig deep to improve Tamworth Farm Allotment in Mitcham

Wimbledon Guardian: Volunteers at the Tamworth Farm Allotment Volunteers at the Tamworth Farm Allotment

Wildflowers, hawthorn and cherry plum were planted at a Mitcham allotment in a bid to spruce it up.

Passers-by joined dozens of volunteers at the Tamworth Farm Allotment in London Road on Saturday, March 8, to bed in a broad range of plants at a community planting day.

Tamworth Farm Allotment committee member Pete Lawrence took his 19 month old son Senan to help out.

Mr Lawrence said: "He fell in a puddle and did a bit of digging, but he enjoyed it.

"It was really good to have that mix of people coming to help out."

Up to 30 volunteers, including plot-holders, nearby residents and people who saw what they were doing and stopped to help, worked hard to plant hedgerows and wildflowers to help make the area more attractive, create animal habitats and improve security at the allotment.

Mr Lawrence said the allotment suffers from regular break-ins and vandalism and it is hoped improved hedges around the footpath will protect it.

Merton Council and the Woodland Trust provided the plants, and the group was supported by Sustainable Merton and the North Mitcham Parks Friends Group.


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2:53pm Thu 13 Mar 14

vicbadger says...

Typical waste of my council tax. How much did these 'plants' cost? At a time of increased austerity I would hope for a little more proportionate use of scarce resources.
Typical waste of my council tax. How much did these 'plants' cost? At a time of increased austerity I would hope for a little more proportionate use of scarce resources. vicbadger
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3:08pm Thu 13 Mar 14

PipeSmoker1 says...

@vicbadger - these plants were actually paid for by the volunteers themselves - maybe you should think first before posting comments you don't know the details of in future?

I'd like to say a hearty "well done" to this group, and an extra congratulation for using proper BRITISH plants like hawthorn and cherry plum, rather than kowtowing to this absurd fad of favouring non-native plants in the name of political correctness.
@vicbadger - these plants were actually paid for by the volunteers themselves - maybe you should think first before posting comments you don't know the details of in future? I'd like to say a hearty "well done" to this group, and an extra congratulation for using proper BRITISH plants like hawthorn and cherry plum, rather than kowtowing to this absurd fad of favouring non-native plants in the name of political correctness. PipeSmoker1
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3:52pm Thu 13 Mar 14

vicbadger says...

@pipesmoker1 - This wasn't pure conjecture on my part, the article specifically says the plants were provided by Merton Council (and the Woodland Trust). If this is untrue I suggest you take it up with the journalist.
@pipesmoker1 - This wasn't pure conjecture on my part, the article specifically says the plants were provided by Merton Council (and the Woodland Trust). If this is untrue I suggest you take it up with the journalist. vicbadger
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