The idea of the allotment was first by Ewell Rotary who invited Epsom Rotary as a joint project to acquire, maintain and carry out the allotment project with a view that veterans and the community could have a place to nurture and grow food for the Local Food Bank.
The project had the backing and support from Surrey Council Council. Various local allotment sites that became available were explored and it was decided that the plot at Epsom Common Allotment would be the most favourable as there is also parking on site. The plot chosen was very much grassed over and some digging began but it was decided with the assistance of Surrey County Council that Green Thumb would be employed to kill off the grass which would make the plot more workable. By chance it then transpired that a great team would make bespoke raised beds and the team employed eventually installed these. They even made and installed a beautiful bespoke bench. The team were a group of young apprentices learning a trade introduced by Surrey County Council. From one of our active members we were also donated another lovely bench so have a wonderful seating area at the back of the allotment. A compost bed has also been installed and a unit for placing tools.
Work then began sourcing soil to fill these beds and we have to thank a member of the community who were carrying out an enormous project on their land making available voluminous free soil which we collected in batches and eventually filled the raised beds. It was a bit late in the year to plant many vegetables but some were and the main work for planting and expanding would begin in 2022.
So with regular attendance of members of both Rotary teams, friends of the clubs we have developed the allotment to be a very pleasant place to be and socialise. Some members have been meeting on Wednesdays as well but Saturday mornings has also been a regular slot. We now have a raspberries corner, onions, early potatoes, runner beans, garlic etc and plan to plant an array of different crops over the coming weeks to include a herb area and welcome everyone to join us.
2022 - Saw the starting of planning of many of the crops which are by June 2022 growing really nicely and in June 2022 - we were able to purchase a shed to house the accumulated tools and have taken on new volunteers which has made attending the sessions more enjoyable and sociable.
more An Indoor Street Party to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. Arranged by SCC, Epsom Rotary Club, Royal British Legion and other helpers.
more The Old Moat Garden Centre is a charity and we help by tending the garden
more Epsom Rotary attending as a team of Marshalls at Cancer Research - Race for Life at Epsom Downs on Sunday, 19 June 2022
more Mike Waddilove received one of the highest awards in Rotary for his work over many years in Epsom Rotary
more Epsom Rotary Held a stall at the Marketplace
more Epsom Rotary held a stall at NESCOT Fair on 18 June 2022
more Brilliant showcase of great local stage acts at Epsom Playhouse raising funds for local charities.
more Epsom Rotary supported the celebrations to mark the third anniversary of the hub in the presence of the Mayor
more Breakfast followed by a fascinating insight to Epsom's History
more Tidying and mowing at The Walled Garden
more Every year Mike Waddilove organises a Green Bowling Competition
more Organised by Go Epsom and supported by Rotary and Paul Taylor of Whats on in Epsom
more Joint winners declared for this years competition
more Maggie was inducted into Epsom Rotary at the AGM Meeting
more Epsom Rotary collected for local charities with Father Christmas and Tilly the Train
more Peter O'Donovan, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell was present at the giving of Raj Amodia awards to two students
more The annual balloon race held by Epsom Rotary was another success with over £400 raised for local charities. Thanks to Anne for organising!
more We ran a stall at Herald of Spring supporting the Environment
more Epsom Rotary took Young Carers to Epsom Playhouse for the Pantomime
more Chris Shortt has organised Rotarians and customers in the Ashley Centre to support The Meeting Room to help disadvantaged people at Christmas
more Jay Shah and Sakshi Pandit came to visit in December
more Nigel Collin was inducted into Epsom Rotary by Harry Corben
more The Junior and Intermediate finals of the French Speaking Competition were held last night at Blenheim School
more An excellent competition with worthy winners
more We were in the marketplace on 23rd October raising funds for End Polio Now.
more Harry and Clive lay a wreath at St Mary's in Ewell
more Epsom Rotary Club made Kevin Webber a Paul Harris Fellow and gave him a PHF Medal
more We have got to the autumn and the grass cutting has ceased. We hope to be back again in 2022!!
more We took a stall with Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning in the High Street on September 12th
more Working hard at the allotment Wednesday and Saturday 9:30 til 11am
more Selling items on line to raise funds for Epsom Rotary.
more The Repair Café opened at the Scout hut behind Epsom Methodist Church on 18th September 2021
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