Those bulbs planted at the Grand Opening have come into bloom, just waiting for the bed of tulips and dwarf iris now.
Phase 6 is to introduce seating in the summerhouse and for outside. For information on how to get involved or to use the facilities please make contact by using the contact button on this home page
Transporting seats from the carpenter to the allotment
Ferndown dementia friendly town steering group rented this allotment from Ferndown Town Council
The Grand Opening was a great success and the weather although threatening held of.
The first photograph shows an 8 year old with a 102 years old planting Spring bulbs in raised bed that supports a standard rose dedicated to Norah Blanche Baker
In the second photograph the paper flowers for the summerhouse provided by residents of Fernhill Care home.
Left to Right in photograph _ Michael Deane (Chairman Royal British Legion Club); Gina Smith (Manager of Fernhill Care Home); Emma Regan (representing the Douch family and A E Jolliffe & Son), Councillor John Baxter (Ferndown Town Council); Harry Worth; Grant Parrott (Chairman Ferndown Branch Royal British Legion); Mayor of Ferndown (Cathy Lugg), Deputy Mayor of Ferndown (Steve Lugg)
Harry Worth speech on the day:
Welcome to Ferndown Dementia Friendly Steering Group Allotments. I shall make this quick as I don’t trust the weather to hold out much longer. The idea was born when Oakley House Community Mental Health Centre lost the Saint Leonards Community Hospital Gardening Club to redevelopment. We couldn’t have established this allotment without funding. This has been provided by a grant from Ferndown Town Council, the organising of a black tie function by the Ferndown Royal British Legion Club and the Captains Charity from Dudsbury Golf Club which is still raising money till April. For £150 a raised bed and a dedication plaque can be purchased. One quick mention goes to Craig Moore for providing the muscle when moving soil, chippings and laying the paving slabs. I shall now pass keys for use by the first groups to use these facilities.Gina Smith Fernhill Care home. Emma Reagan, representing the Douch family befriending gardening groups andJo Sinclair not present today from the Ferndown Leisure Centre helping with stroke rehabilitation. I will now hand you over to the Mayor of Ferndown, Cathy Lugg to formally open this allotment for the benefit of Ferndown by cutting the ribbon.
2nd September Phase 5 completed; summerhouse and raised beds in place ready for planting Spring bulbs and the grand opening on October 7th 2017 by the Mayor of Ferndown. Invited guests will be served bubbly and snacks.
Phase 5 to introduce summer house from money donated by Dudsbury Golf Club
Shed removed Summerhouse intoduded
28th July finished Phase 4 to level plot, keep the weeds down and create pathways.
16th June finished phase 3 by filling 8 raised beds with false bottoms and soil. The black plastic sack contain soil which will be used to help level the plot
Phase three – hard graft – Create false bottoms to the raised beds to save on soil then fill with soil
A big thank you goes to CCF Building Supplies of Poole who free of charge gave insulation blocks to use as material to create false bottom to the raised beds. The first photograph shows the loading of car with the blocks
The soil is placed in sacks, transported from a Ferndown private residence to the allotment in sacks then carried to the raised beds.
As of 4th June have carried out the work on the two 6 x 4 beds and two 4 x 4 foot beds
Now left with four more 4 x 4 beds to complete.
Phase two commencing; – dig over again and introduce raised beds. Now need to find best arrangement.
Next on the agenda is to fill the raised beds with soil