Leigh On Mendip Allotment Association


Leigh On Mendip Allotment Association held its inaugural meeting on June 3rd 2019 and what a lot of work has happened since! It is based on the field to the west side of the Recreation Field (see below). We now have 16 allotments in use and 2 allotmenteers awaiting their enabled plots. The allotments are a real tribute to the hard work and pleasure that having an allotment brings. Well researched as being an integral part of improving and sustaining mental health and physical well being  (as long as you don’t dig too enthusiastically!). In addition the camaraderie from working alongside others and  ‘mucking in to help’ creates friendships across age groups and a wide range of people.  This is shown in our picture above of a recent working party where we started to clear the site allocated for our enabled allotments, for those with physical challenges.


In the Leigh On Mendip Allotment Association a guiding principle is to conserve resources. A specific example being water so we are all committed to preserving water from water butts and any storage unit we erect. We also compost whenever possible. In addition we are committed to give back to the community  and encourage gardening and vegetable growing – it is amazing what you can grow in a pot!


The plans we are now able to put into place are: an accessible pathway to the allotments; digging a channel to take water underground to the allotments; building the accessible plots; erecting the fencing around the allotment area; planting hedging.


It is great when folk stop to talk to allotment holders and connect with new people.  A lot of positive comments have been received about the allotments – folk have even walked away from a chat with produce!  Some of our vegetables were provided to the Harvest Festival. We are grateful that we have been allowed to provide this resource to the community.


We are now starting a waiting list for allotments. If you live in the parish of Leigh on Mendip and want to register, or simply discuss having an allotment, contact Helen Gulvin at helen@gulvin.plus.com or phone 01373812240, or Tim Spurgeon at timspurgeon@btinternet.com or on 07813304261.


HG/Dec 2019