PotatoDiggers 1918Horfield and District Allotments Association (Bristol) is pleased to announce further details of our community history project to celebrate our 100th Anniversary. Two initial events have been planned.

Launch event: Saturday 22 April – 3pm – 5pm. This will be a drop-in session. (The photo opposite is thought to date from around 1918 shortly after the alllotment association was born).

Here we will explain the project and ask people to contribute their memories, bring along old photos and any other items of interest to do with the allotments. Sat 13 May, 2-4pm. A second drop in session to coincide with the Golden Hill Community Garden Spring Fair.

These sessions are free of charge, and will be open to members of the public from the local area as well as plot holders. Both events will be held at Golden Hill Community Garden - the entrance to the site is at the junction of Monk Road / Clevedon Road, Bristol BS7 8LE.

Made possible by National Lottery players through a £9,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), we will be running a series of small events to collect personal memories and anecdotes from past and present allotment plot-holders, members of the local community and school children who use the site. We will be collecting information and photographs to create a web-based resource to bring together the history of the site and personal memories – some of this will be in written form, some will be as audio recordings.

Pete Clee – an allotmenteer for 30 years and Vice Chair of the Association said:

“We are keen to celebrate our anniversary and importantly to collect the memories of some of our older members who have been involved all of their lives. But we also want newer gardeners and younger people to take part.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “From capturing decades of memories to inspiring a new generation of allotmenteers, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re pleased to support this celebration of the allotments’ centenary year.”