In the spirit of Middleton Hall’s Living Well ethos, an attractive range of community allotments has been designed and built in the village grounds.
Residents and staff are enjoying tending some wonderful looking beans, lettuces, cabbages and onions ….. the list goes on. We are very much looking to the future and plans are afoot to build as many beds as are needed for both private and community use.
The allotments currently comprise eleven raised beds that are fully accessible for gardeners of all levels of physical mobility. They are located behind the large greenhouse so that gardeners can happily potter back and forwards. The plan is for some produce harvested from these beds to be used by the Kitchen Team.
Middleton Hall strives to be environmentally responsible. Used pallets have been used in the bed construction, recycled compost fills the beds and water butts are used. No pesticides are applied and we aim to achieve Organic Soil Association status. Moving forwards, in addition to the communal beds, four different bed types will be available to rent.
The allotment project sits happily with the Living Well initiative – a valued ethos at Middleton Hall that encourages and actively helps both residents and staff to do just that – live well, both in body and mind. Gardeners will take pleasure from spending time outdoors with other likeminded people and reaping the benefits of eating fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Indeed some residents have commented that although they had been relieved to give up their gardening commitment when they moved to Middleton Hall, they have actually been re-inspired into taking up their trowels once more. They are delighted to partake in the rewarding side of gardening. No traipsing to the tip! No mowing the lawn! No bending to ground level! Water supply right by the beds!
All residents and staff are welcome, including those who are new to dibbing, pinching out and mulching. There will soon be a pavilion with seating, tool and potting sheds. Not forgetting the all-important kettle. It promises to be a sociable community.