Allotment plots at Trowan Allotments, St Ives, are available for new plotholders to take up.
For anyone who has had an allotment before, or who is thinking of taking up a plot to start a new hobby or to bring own-grown fruit and vegetables to the table, an added benefit could be the lure of the chance to take part in the Gardens Competition for the St Ives area, later this year.
As well as the traditional classes such as best garden in St Ives, Carbis Bay, Halsetown, Lelant, there are three relevant prizes up for grabs this year: Best Allotment; Most Creative Allotment; and Best Newcomer Allotment.
At the allotment site in Trowan, there are currently seven vacant plots available to be taken up, and as noted by Town Councillor Tamsyn Williams “now is an ideal time of year to get started on the allotments, and with the existing plot-holders being a friendly and helpful bunch, even if you’ve never had a plot before, you will be able to pick up on tips as you go along”.
The site at Trowan was established by St Ives town Council in 2010, and is now largely run by the Allotments Association – many of the members of the Association helped to get the site up and running and have carried on with their support, giving guidance to new plot-holders, arranging for shared equipment, liaising with neighbours and the National Trust and generally making it work.
The site has an area of parking available and water is sourced from the borehole which was created with grant funding in 2011.