Horfield and District Allotments Association in Bristol is running a community history project to celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2017.
Made possible by National Lottery players through a £9,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the allotments is currently running a series of events to collect personal memories and anecdotes from past and present allotment plot-holders, members of the local community and school children who use the site.
Two initial events have been held to date, on Saturday 22 April and Saturday 13 May 2017, both of which were featured on BBC Radio Bristol. So far, over 50 people have so far signed up to contribute to the project at these events, which is great news. A series of oral history recording sessions are currently being arranged, dates for which will be publicised shortly.
Volunteer researchers have uncovered some fascinating information and photographs at the Bristol Records Office. Together, this information will contribute a to a web-based resource that will bring together the history of the site through information, photographs and personal memories.
You can also submit up to 200 words on the allotments online at www.greenfuture.org.uk/hdaaform, or contact us at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at: c/o Pete Clee, 76 Longmead Avenue, Bristol BS7 8QF.
Pete Clee, an allotmenteer for 30 years and Vice Chair of the Association said: “These allotments have a special place in the community – both for plot holders and the wider community – and we are keen to celebrate our anniversary and importantly to collect the memories of some of our older members who have been involved all of their lives. But we also want newer gardeners and younger people to take part – it will be a genuine community history.”
Horfield and District Allotments Association is a thriving community managed allotments association with three sites in north Bristol and over 450 plotholders.
Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “From capturing decades of memories to inspiring a new generation of allotmenteers, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re pleased to support this celebration of the allotments’ centenary year.”
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