Chorlton’s original community allotment. For anyone who wants to enjoy fresh produce every week, plus exercise and fun into the bargain.
Location: Southern Allotments, Wintermans Rd, Chorlton, Manchester M21
Duration: 2005 – present
Set up in late 2005, The Lost Plot has two allotments, designed on permaculture principals. The Lost Plot received funding from Manchester City Council’s Carbon Innovation Fund in 2009/10. Employing a Community Education Worker one day a week helped broaden the scope of the allotment, actively engaging with the local residents and organizing events and workshops.
and has matured year on year. It now has a pond, a couple of sheds, a polytunnel, a greenhouse, social area with a fire pit as well as a fully operational clay oven. There’s fruit trees and currant bushes, a herb spiral and every year, members decide which vegetables to grow.
Cracking Good Food was commissioned to run a series of cooking workshops, using fresh produce from the allotment, encouraging home cooking and even making pizzas in the clay oven. Over 300 people have attended events on The Lost Plot. Action For Sustainable Living was instrumental in setting up the project, organizing and funding the first permaculture workshops and continues to provide administrative and practical support.
Volunteers meet every Sunday from 1 – 4pm, with an evening session in the summer months. No gardening or growing experience is required. There’s a core group of 6 – 8 volunteers and new members are always very welcome.