What do bees, seedlings and environmental companies have in common? All were at Watford Colosseum last Saturday for the town’s first Allotment Forum.
Dozens of keen allotment gardeners came to the event, where they swapped plants, took part in a horticultural quiz and heard talks from experts including Watford Council’s Head of Parks, Paul Rabbitts, and Martin Stanton, Head of Parks from the London Borough of Havering. Affinity Water, West Herts Beekeepers’ Association and Veolia – who look after Watford’s parks and allotments, were also on-hand to give out information.
Watford Council’s Head of Parks Paul Rabbitts said: “The council manages a whopping 1,191 allotment plots but there are still just over 100 plots waiting for someone to take them on. I’d encourage everyone to have a go at a bit of gardening – getting green-fingered is great for the mind and the body. Plus growing your own is lots of fun!”
The cost of an allotment in Watford is £4.80 per ‘pole’ – a 25 metre squared area of land – per year. Most plots are between five and 10 poles in size and cost between £24 and £48 a year. Watford residents interested in renting an allotment can contact Veolia on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0203 567 6900 in most cases. If, however, you want a Cherry Tree allotment, please phone the Cherry Tree Allotment Association on 01923 492218.