Our Community Allotment - an oasis during the pandemic

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When Covid-19 forced the Thames Ditton Men in Sheds to stop meeting in their usual workshop at Thames Ditton Centre for the Community, they went online but it wasn’t the same as meeting up and, of course, it was impossible to make anything.

The shed is staffed by experienced woodwork leaders and they come together to make garden planters, garden furniture, dolls houses, children’s toys and more for the local community on a voluntary basis.

When our Land and Estates Manager, Karen Heynike, heard of their dilemma she suggested that they should meet at our Community Allotment.  This proved ideal and the group have been meeting weekly ever since, enjoying a coffee and good banter.

During their time at our allotment, the Men in Sheds team have been able to make seventeen planters which will take pride of place at Thames Ditton station; two potting benches for our Community Allotment and Karen has even been able to get various maintenance jobs around the Community Allotment ticked off her list!

Elmbridge Community Link, a local charity for adults with autism and/or learning disabilities, also became weekly visitors to our Community Allotment. Having found themselves unable to meet at their usual venue indoors, they managed to make the most of the good weather and meet at our Community Allotment instead, sharing a picnic and enjoying the beautiful peaceful setting. ELC’s

Co-ordinator, Pier Markham, said “Our members have told us that this contact has proved invaluable to them.”

Louise ElliottComment