New beginnings
Unfortunately, when the second lockdown came, Rufford Avenue Allotment Group had to suspend the group in line with government guidelines.
But they have now re-opened and are looking for new members and volunteers to make this new start a success. The group is a community allotment resource to help people in the Ordsall area improve their overall wellbeing. You don’t have to be a keen gardener, there are all sorts of task that your skills, energy, and enthusiasm could help the group with.
They meet every Wednesday from 10.00am to 1.00pm, when their development worker is there to lend a hand and give support in looking for funding, promoting the group in the locality and giving pointers for the future. They aim to become a self-sustaining community group where people can go and socialise, increase their skills and knowledge have fun and get satisfaction from seeing their hard work flourish.
Here are a few comments from people who have attended the group:

“Plot 51 is a community project that’s been set up to help people that have any issues welcome, mental health, social anxiety or to just get out of the house and mix with other folk.”

“It has done me a world of good mental health wise, I’m out more, doing what I need to be doing and without Plot 51 I don’t think it would be possible.”

“I would highly recommend the community allotment project to anyone in the Ordsall / Retford area. I attended with my 10 and five-year-old children last year and they absolutely loved it. They loved the freedom and creativity of planning and deciding what to do with the new space.”

If you would like to attend or know more about the project please contact: john.reddish@nottscc.gov.uk or call 0115 804 3551 or 07500 814160.