Wednesday, 7 September 2011

News - Help with history of allotments (Nottingham)

RESIDENTS are being asked to help compile a history of gardening and allotments in Nottingham.

Nottingham City Council is holding its first Grow Your Own Day on Saturday, September 17.

Alongside fruit and vegetable stalls, there will be old maps and pictures so people can identify past and present allotment sites.

Visitors are asked to take along historic photographs, to add to a picture archive of allotments across the city, which will be scanned and immediately returned.

Some sites have remained virtually unchanged since the late 19th century, while others disappeared under buildings.

The Grow Your Own Day will be held at Woodthorpe Grange Nursery from 10am to 4pm.

There will be family activities, advice on bee-keeping and expert advice on growing, as well as an opportunity to swap seeds. A vegetable show will be judged at 3pm.

Councillor Dave Trimble said: "This is a fun event that gives everyone a chance to take part in some way by joining in the activities, showing off their growing results, getting ready for a new season with seed harvesting and seed swaps or contributing to the archive."

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