Alloment Visits during Covid 19 pandemic (Summer/Autumn 2020)
I am delighted to be able to offer school workshops and public visits to the plot during the pandemic, with full support of the Allotment Committee and Ealing Council.
Visits will adhere strictly to social distancing guidelines in place at the time of the visit, and tours will take one hour maximum. Households can visit in groups (one adult must accompany children). Each household will receive two gifts: a natural beeswax cling (kindly donated by nth turtle, normally £5), and a pack of our limited edition I Know Why It's Yum, Mum! Top Trumps cards (normally £3.50). Families will also receive an information sheet by email, all about what they saw on their tour. The tour costs £5 per person, and 20% of the entrance fee will be donated to the Allotment Committee, volunteer plotholders who manage the allotment site.
The following dates are currently available (more will be offered if necessary):
Saturday 11 July 2PM (FULL)
Sunday 12 July 10 AM
If you are a school/nursery, please email me to arrange a visit. Groups are restricted to 10 children. Workshops cost £45 per group and the group will get a free pack of our limited edition Top Trumps cards.
Allotment visits in normal years
During the Spring and Summer months I run workshops ‘on my plot’ for local nurseries and schools. Occasionally I will run 'open' workshops for the local community too. These involve a ‘journey of discovery’ and I have permission to run these from Ealing Council, and fellow allotment holders!.
The workshops involve meeting at the entrance to the ‘secret garden’, opposite South Ealing Underground Station. Children will discover how many fruit and vegetables grow in their natural habitats, they may visit chicken pens, bee hives and greenhouses, and if they are very lucky, will be able to hold a slow worm- a rare and lovable, protected creature (technically a lizard) especially wonderful as they eat slugs ;)
The workshop includes some traditional elements of a Rainbow Workshop - like songs and fruit and veg games , but in addition there may be some sowing, harvesting or planting too, depending on the weather and time of year.
There is shelter in the shed, in the orchard and under trees, fresh running drinking water, wipes and tissues, tables and chairs, mats and carpets, and even a potty, so everyone’s needs can be catered for.
Allotment visits are restricted to 15 children maximum at a time, to ensure each group is manageable, and each workshop costs £60, and lasts about 75mns.
Please contact us to book your allotment visit, or keep an eye out for our community ones in the Summer term.
If they are lucky the Rainbow Fairy allows boys and girls to stroke a snake!! (gentle slow worms, who live in her compost heaps ;)