Recognised once again with a Green Flag

Once again, we are proud to be recipients of a Green Flag, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces.

Never before has the value of free to access parks and green spaces been more important, with parks continuing to provide a sanctuary for communities to engage with nature, improve their physical and mental health, play and come together.

Our Green Flag Community Award recognises the thousands of hours that our volunteers commit each year to our wonderful community green space. The site was assessed, back in May, against 24 criteria including safety, security, biodiversity, maintenance, heritage and community involvement. We received the highest grade which was summarised by the judge with:

“It was a pleasure to walk round Ashbourne Road Allotments, the site exudes a calm and inspiring atmosphere with everyone on site friendly and enthusiastic. The award is a well deserved recognition of the all the hard work, individually and collectively, that is on show.”

Commenting on our award, the Association’s Secretary, Julia Slater said:

“We are once again honoured to receive a Green Flag Community Award.  

Managing and maintaining an allotment site is not without its challenges but with enthusiastic, committed volunteers we are able to provide a safe and welcoming green space for our members and the wider community to enjoy.  This Green Flag Community Award is recognition for all those volunteers.

I personally am proud of what has been achieved at Ashbourne Road District Allotment Association over the past decade. Whilst it is obviously important to manage and maintain our allotment site for today, the volunteer management committee are ever conscious of the need to protect it for future generations to enjoy.”

NGS Open Days 2022

We are very proud to be Opening our site and plots to the public again to support the tremendous work The National Garden Scheme does raising money for nursing and health charities across the UK.

Last year our two Open Days raised £1,958.26 for them and we hope to better that this year.

To our Members and Tenants, if you would like to join in and have visitors on your plot please contact the team at events [at] araa.org.uk - we need you!

Green Flag Community Award winners again!

Without volunteers like these and many more besides them, we would not be celebrating raising another Green Flag Community Award for another year.

We are honoured to be receive the award, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces, in the scheme’s Silver Jubilee year.

Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making Ashbourne Road District Allotments worthy of a Green Flag Award. To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the volunteers who do so much to ensure that the site has high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.”

Thank you to everyone who contributes to our wonderful haven in Derby.

A Halloween Spooktacular!

On October 30th we’re hosting something for the local kids (& bigger kids!) please see poster below.

We’ll be contacting those who have said they’ll help but, if you want to be involved, respond to this post in the comments below.

Members of the Association will soon be receiving an email but as a heads up, we’re looking for plot holders to carve their own pumpkin, create a spooky scare crow or go really mad and decorate the front of their plots so we can create a spooky trail around the site.

In the meantime, if anyone has any surplus pumpkins or squashes please place them on plot 31! Any questions, please email events [at] araa.org.uk 👻🎃

Rent and Membership Renewals 2021/22

All Members will have received your rent and/or membership renewal details.  It has been sent to you via email or Royal Mail dependant on the preferences you previously supplied.

IF YOU HAVEN’T RECEIVED YOUR RENEWAL, PLEASE LET THE SECRETARY KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

If you are unable to pay via BACS or online credit/debit card you need to make an appointment with the Secretary to pay on either Tuesday 21st September 2021 or Saturday 25th September 2021 between 11am-1pm.  Appointments are for payment only and are Covid safe.

If you are struggling with the size of your plot please contact the Secretary before you pay, we may be able to offer to halve your plot or relocate you.  If you intend to give up your plot please let us know as this helps with planning.

With the new online payment system, you can pay any time, day or night.  Rent payments after 1st October 2021 will now incur a £10 late payment fee.

Thank you.
ARDAA Committee

14th September 2021