THE STORY SO FAR
The idea for the Prudhoe Community Allotment came at the Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association AGM in April 2000 by one of the members.
As soon as the first suitable (level site, easy road access) became available the project was started.
We had to demolish all the existing buildings, dig over and level the site, cut back the hedges and lay the water and foul pipes on to the site.
We had a massive bonfire
The front double iron gates and rear wooden gate and fencing were completed.
December 2002 - March 2003
The greenhouse, potting shed and toilet were erected with disabled access.
June - August 2003
BTCV members & Volunteers plus our own volunteers erected 7 raised beds and laid down the pathways suitable for wheelchairs.
September - October 2004
We had a concrete pad laid by a local company then erected an 8 x 8ft octagonal summerhouse using our own volunteers.
Our volunteers helping with this project have planted shrubs and plants in some of the borders and the rest are filled with gravel on which flowers in pots can be placed.
Official Opening by the Duke of Northumberland
June 2008 Began working with mental health members
June 2009 Won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and was presentated the award at Alnwick Castle by the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland
APRIL 2010 Visit by His Grace the Duke of Kent
July 2010 Four of the members were invited to one of the Buckingham Palace Garden Parties. We invited three new trustees to our organisaton. Walter Dinning, a gardening expert and Guy Opperman , our new MP and Eddie Wardrobe who is a regular panelist on the BBC Radio Newcastle's Gardenia Mania programme hosted by Marian Foster.
Jan 2011 Paul Mooney visited the allotment filming for Look North three times 1- in winter, 2 - in late spring and 3 - in late summer. All three were shown on TV.
Also in the summer we were runners up in the Love Northiumberland Awards which were presented at an auspicious event at Alnwick Gardens on 13th July. As well receiving £100 we have also been offered 50 trees from the Forestry Commission to be planted in the local area. 30 of these are going to enhance the local Golf Club and one to a resident . Others are still to be negotiated.
SEPTEMBER 2012 We are working in partnership with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the Co-op regional members in a project TOGETHER WE CAN. We are one of only 9 projects in the northeast involved in this initiative