Roots and Shoots Allotment

Just outside of the main garden wall is our Roots and Shoots Allotment.

The Roots and Shoots Allotment is a productive fruit, vegetable and flower garden which is used as a teaching resource to inspire and delight the participants of the many projects which take place here.
Free Entry to the Roots and Shoots Allotment

The Roots and Shoots Allotment is where a lot of our community programmes take place. Some of them are:

Roots and Shoots – provides 10 schools each year with the opportunity to take part in a full horticultural programme, throughout the gardening season. 

Gentlemen’s Garden – A weekly session that encourages gentlemen to socialise, share traditional skills, and learn new ones, while working on their own allotment plots under the guidance of George Swordy, Deputy Head Gardener. 

Young Gardeners – Develop and nurture the gardening skills of our beneficiaries as well as providing the opportunity to develop friendships and social groups. For a number of young people with additional needs, they attend a school that is not close to home which can result in them feeling isolated, this means they can find it difficult to build and maintain friendships and strong bonds with their peers outside of school.


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