Church Lane Allotment was a long standing, thriving allotment gardening site. During the 1990s demand for plots dwindled, the vacant plots fell into disrepair and the site was eventually abandoned.
It was 2009 when a small group, led by Ben and James, contacted the council with a view to bringing the site back into use. Neighbouring sites Headingley East and Station Allotments were full and there was a surge of interest in local, seasonal produce and the benefits of growing your own.
When the first tenants arrived on site in late 2010 the plots were overgrown with weeds and brambles and paths were unrecognizable. With historical maps of the site and lots of determination, plots were measured, numbered and laid out and the site slowly began to resemble a working allotment.
Over the next 5 years we worked hard raising funds and offering our free time to restore and improve the site. What we’ve acheived so far includes:
- Reinstating paths around the site and between plots
- Installing new gates and 200 metres of fencing to improve site security
- Repairing existing taps and water pipes and installing new pipes to service the whole site
- creating a hard standing car parking area with additional grassed areas for busy times
- The first site in Leeds to install an eco-friendly composting toilet
- Storage facilities for site equipment
- Creating an apiary to learn bee keeping and encourage important pollinators
- A site polytunnel to raise seedlings and bedding plants
- A community seating and BBQ area for social activities
We’ve come a long way since 2010 (as our picures prove) and are still working hard on new projects and improvements. Our original plot holders are growing better veg each year and we welcome new tenants, both green fingered veterans and complete beginners.
If you would like to join our band of Grow-You-Own allotmenteers, get in touch with our Lettings Officer via the Contacts page or come and find us on our 1 food mile stall at Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market, last Saturday of each month March-November.