The site was established in 1894 as St Mary’s Cottagers’ and General Horticultural and Industrial Society, with Alderman Sydney Flavel as President. At the 1909 AGM, held in the former Oak Inn on Radford Road, it was renamed St Mary’s Allotment Association.
Follow Victorian pathways and hedgerows across the site to admire a variety of shed designs, converted pig sties and cultivated plots including the ‘best newcomer plot’. En-route visit the dew pond and the Eco plot. Identify if you can the 75 varieties of wild flowers seen on the site. Listen and look out for the 68 recorded species of birds spotted in the last 20 years. If quiet you may even see a fox, a badger or even the shy muntjac deer. Busy bees from two hives produce honey for sale whilst surplus apples are made into juice.
Find the restored Royal Pavilion ticket office, originally from Hegler’s Circus, and the WW2 iron sentry box. Walk down the hazel lined pathway leading to the renovated police hut beside the landing stage used in crossing the river by pontoon to Newbold Comyn.
The site ship will be open for sale of gardening supplies and the compost toilet is nearby. Refreshments will be available in the newly built recycled meeting hut where the will be a display of la local art group’s paintings, old photos, archives, details of the adjacent reservoir construction, annual shows by the Mikron theatre and a visit of nearby Buffalo Bill’s Circus on 23rd June 1903.
Opening times : No booking required