Highbury South Allotments was founded as a wartime allotment in 1917. Amazingly, we still have some of the documents from this time. Since then, local people from all walks of life have been involved in growing their own produce.
We're as passionate as ever about our green-fingered community, welcoming experienced growers and first-timers alike. Regular events foster links between us, including sprucing up the site at working parties, learning new skills at workshops, and celebrating the successes of the growing year at our annual show. Reaching out to the community is also part of our culture, with recent visits from local school and nursery children, as well as adults using gardening therapeutically for dementia.
GROWING ON DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The pandemic has had huge impacts on daily life and many have faced challenges and bereavement in this time. Yet, allotment gardening has provided exercise and solace for many. We were also able to hold an online annual show, with winners also faring well at the Newcastle-wide allotment show led by Urban Green. Chris Sutcliffe has very kindly and skilfully put together some videos of our 2020 year: the first focusing on the annual show, and the second on lockdown gardening experiences.
Please click on the buttons below to view the videos on YouTube.
WEST JESMOND PRIMARY SCHOOL PLOT
West Jesmond Primary School has a large plot at Highbury South, tended to by the school children themselves, with help from their teachers and dedicated volunteers. Although the childrens' visits have been impacted by COVID-19, the volunteers have been busy looking after the plot. You can see the volunteers at work (and perhaps gain some grow-your-own tips) in two superb videos made by Chris Sutcliffe (on YouTube).