The Grow Together Allotment


2021 dates have now been published. Please see the image below for more details

Please get in touch if you would like to join us. Booking is ESSENTIAL due to Covid-19: or Alison 01604 583626

We are operating a socially distanced rota to keep you all safe and many new faces have joined us recently.

The benefits of fresh air, friendships and exercise are so valuable and we welcome all ages and abilities - just bring your enthusiasm and everything else will be provided!

A huge thank you to Jenny and one of our members of Duston Youth Club and a regular helper on The Grow Together Allotment for all of their hard work in making the Duston sign ready for the summer months ahead. We hope you agree that it looks brilliant. If you are passing any one of our planters dotted around the village and you have some spare water the flowers would love a little drink. Together we can keep them flowering for longer

A silhouette of flowers

Moody Sunflowers

The Grow Together Allotment - How it began

Duston Parish Council has its very own community allotment – The Grow Together Allotment (TGTA) is on the Berrywood Road allotment site and is managed by Jenny from Youth Inspired, helped by our lovely volunteers.

The aim is to develop the allotment into a community facility for all ages encouraging young and old to work together. We took possession of the allotment on 1st April 2016 and in just a few months the space has been transformed.

Local business Travis Perkins has not only donated materials, including a shed, but has spent time volunteering to help get the allotment in working order. On the 1st June Stuart Linnell from Radio Northampton came out to interview volunteers young and old. We celebrated with a grand opening on the 16th June marking the occasion by planting a fruit tree kindly donated by Golby's and creating a herb garden with herbs given to us by Perkins Florist.

The Grow Together Allotment won a Judges Award at the East Midlands in Bloom Awards which were held in Mansfield on 14 September 2016 plus 2 further Gold awards at Northampton in Bloom and were also part of the East Midlands in Bloom Silver Award for 2019. Well done to all involved

In October 2016 we secured the extra 3 poles that join the allotment. This makes our plot 10 poles which is the standard size for an allotment.

Manure on an allotment

Manuring for the new season

Rolls of grass turf

Turf ready to lay a new path

In October 2017 we were very proud to receive an award from Northampton in Bloom

Picture of volunteers

Well done to Jenny and the volunteers

We hold volunteering days on the allotment every month. If you would like to offer a little of your time to help maintain the allotment please contact Jenny at the Parish Office. You may like to follow the allotments progress via our twitter or Facebook page at The Grow Together Allotment.

Wheelbarrow on the allotment

Why not get stuck in!

Bloom 2018 Judging Day 23.7.18

Volunteers at work

Today, Jenny and the team of volunteers welcomed the judge to The Grow Together Allotment. We look forward to the results of Bloom 2018

Volunteers with their certificate

Well done Jenny and the volunteers!

Bloom 2018 Gold award