History project marks 100 years of allotments group

February 24 2017

Horfield and District Allotments Association has been awarded a £9,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to run a community history project to celebrate their centenary in 2017.

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Horfield and District Allotments Association has been awarded a £9,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to run a community history project to celebrate their centenary in 2017.

The association will be running a series of small events to collect personal memories and anecdotes from past and present allotment plot-holders, members of the local community and school children who use the site.

Members will be collecting information and photographs to create a web-based resource to bring together the history of the site and personal memories – some of this will be in written form, some will be as audio recordings.

Pete Clee – an allotmenteer for 30 years and vice chairman of the association said: “These allotments have a special place in the community – both for plot holders and the wider community – and we are keen to celebrate our anniversary and importantly to collect the memories of some of our older members who have been involved all of their lives.  We also want newer gardeners and younger people to take part – it will be a genuine community history.”

More details of the events and how people can take part will be developed over the next month. 

In the meantime get in touch with them on 100hdaa@gmail.com and get added to the email list.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “From capturing decades of memories to inspiring a new generation of allotmenteers, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re pleased to support this celebration of the allotments’ centenary year.”

Horfield and District Allotments Association is a thriving community managed group with more than 450 plot holders on three sites in north Bristol.