The erection of the communal greenhouse was started on time at the start of November
The foundation holes were dug a couple of weeks earlier by a energetic team of Association members and fingers crossed they were put in the correct place.
Three professional installers ably assisted by Dynamic Dave positioned twenty support posts which were then concreted solid.
The cement was left to 'go off' so erection was continued the following day.
With a width of 4 metres and a length of 16 metres the frame has to be substantial to withstand the winter storms.
It also supports large guttering so water usage will be reduced when storage is organise.
The plastic covering consists of 2m wide panels with runners on either side which slide into grooved plastic.
The terrific strength and insulation properties of the material is due
to its unique construction of bubbles of plastic sandwiched between two
polymer film. Similar in some some respects to 'bubble wrap'.
The greenhouse is now up and ready. We now have the interesting task of working out how to manage a communal greenhouse.
Get Set Grow stage two.
The building of the
first of a number of raised beds was carried out this summer. The
substantial waist height beds were constructed on site by the communal
greenhouse. John, Richard and Maurice seen here were the some of the
five member team tackling the construction. The next task is to
line the bed with plastic and then fill with growing material.
The plan below shows the position of the communal plot and the greenhouse.
position of the communal plot means there is all round access now that
old tracks and paths have been cleared. Water is close at hand
from a nearby trough.
Dunchurch Allotment Association secures Lottery funding
'Get Set Grow' (July 2013)
We are please to announce that the Allotment Association was successful in its application for lottery funding.
A grant of £9,999.00 (yes, ten thousand minus one pound!) has been given for the project 'Get Set Grow'.
The project was announced to the press and media by the
Big Lottery Fund on the 25th June 2013 and is a tremendous
achievement for the Association.
The information below is taken from the application and highlights the main points in the application.
People have better life chances improving life skills
Stronger communities with more active citizens working together
Improved rural environments which communities are better able to access and enjoy
Healthier and more active people and communities.
What the project intends to do.
We intend to
make it possible for allotment holders to extend the seasons for food
production by providing a large communal poly-tunnel. Plot holders
would be able to start plants earlier in the season, grow more summer
crops and allow growing to take place into the autumn and winter.
I addition it would allow allotment holders to work together to grow
plants for sale the proceeds would be used to improve the whole site.
In addition we
plan to build some raised beds for people who do not have the
capabilities to tend a full allotment plot but would like to grow
food. The beds would be constructed to different heights to cater
for individual accessibility needs.
4m by 16m greenhouse is now situated on our communal plot and is a
greenhouse manufactured to a high specification. The covering is
a three layer
plastic sandwich with 1000 bubbles per square meter and has excellent
heat insulation and light diffusion properties.
We will need to
build a variety of raised beds over the year also on the communal plot
and these will need to be constructed to a range of heights. Your
involvement in supporting this exciting development would be appreciated.
If you have any
thoughts and comments on how we might manage the polytunnel and raised
beds or questions regarding this development the Allotment
Association committee would be please to hear from you. Please