For those who perhaps don’t know, for the last three years Rumbletums has tended an allotment at the Kimberley School. Our crops last year included potatoes, runner beans, cabbages, beetroot and parsnips as well as strawberries, blackberries, plums and figs. It’s always a fun atmosphere and our volunteers, trainees and other young people work alongside each other doing various tasks according to their individual strengths and abilities.
We are proud to say that we have never used any weed killer or chemicals, but this means that we are still constantly fighting the weeds!!
Saturday Work Parties
Our work parties are usually on a Saturday morning, once a month. The people who come along are a mixture of trainees at Rumbletums, who usually come with their families, as well as a group of regular volunteers who come specifically for the allotment sessions.
Bags of Help
In 2017 Rumbletums allotment decided to apply to the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ award. The award is given for environmental and community outdoor schemes and we fitted the bill. When our application was accepted, our project went forward to the store voting system in which customers are asked to vote for their preferred cause. We were delighted to come top of the poll last summer and receive a grant towards the development of our allotment. We planned our ideas, with all our members able to give their thoughts on what we most needed to do. In particular, we wanted to improve our communal seating areas and improve access where paths had become muddy. We also decided to fix the greenhouse and build a poly tunnel in which to grow herbs and salad for Rumbletums Café.
It’s been very exciting to see all the changes happening especially as we enter the new growing season. It would be great to see more trainees and their families take part in our monthly sessions. If you are interested in getting involved with this aspect of the Rumbletums project, why not ask for more information at Rumbletums Café.