Friends of Queens Road Allotments -A positive future
Friends of Queens Road Allotments was set up in 2008 and came about after a planning application was made on some plots. We needed to be a recognisable group and have a public face of the allotments. Aims are simple – to protect and promote the allotments. Strong evidence now exists of local demand for allotments, and consistently there are between 25 and 30 people on the waiting list.
There are 120 plots on the Queens Road site. 13 of these have been incorporated into gardens, but they are still designated as allotments. Of the remaining allotments some are not available because the owners are not yet traced; others because the owners use the garages which makes access difficult. Two or three families have refused permission to use their plots. The silver lining in all these cases is that these overgrown plots are a wonderful resource for wildlife.
There is a plan to develop a community plot – Heather from the allotments is taking a lead on this project with Rick and Laura – and Growing Together.
We aim to make the allotments accessible to local people and have regular open days. It is also important to develop a sense of community by organising a variety of social events. Our volunteer working parties help to clear overgrown allotments for newcomers and we split up the plots to make them more manageable.
Five young people on the plots recently undertook training in interviewing skills, and their interviews and a puppet show have also contributed to our Heritage Lottery funded project. It’s a cliché but children are the future of these and other allotments – it is important that they feel welcome.
The balance is shifting and gradually many more owners are willing to either rent or sell their plots as allotments, so with each working party held to help someone new onto a plot we are making progress and helping to encourage an awareness of sustainable growing and the value of protecting our local environment.
We won’t lose the plot.
DY / 9/13.
OUR DRAFT CONSITUTION
1. AIMS AND OBJECTS
The aims and objects shall be
a) To offer proactive support to protect and preserve the Queens Road allotments for the community
b. To promote the interests of all members in gardening activities and to take joint action for the benefit of members
c. To encourage positive involvement between members and the community.
d. To arrange social events and activities for members and the local community
e. To encourage voluntary working parties and other support to assist new users of the plots
f. To take action to protect members against damage and trespass
g. To engage in fundraising activities to support the society’s aims and objects
2. MEMBERSHIP Membership is open to allotment users who agree with the aims and objects of the Association as well as such neighbours who wish to support the association
3. SUBSCRIPTION Every member shall pay on entry into the Association an annual subscription of £5 renewable on 31st March each year
The Officers of the Association shall be a Chairperson, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Membership Secretary. They shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting. Retiring Officers shall be eligible for re-election.
The affairs of the Association shall be conducted by a Committee of not less than 6 members. The committee shall retire at the AGM but shall be eligible for re-election. A quorum shall be 5 members.
6. GENERAL MEETINGS
The Annual General Meeting shall be held at such time as the Committee or a General meeting shall decide. Ten members shall form a quorum. At the meeting the annual accounts and Secretary’s Report shall be submitted and the Officers and Committee for the following year elected. Special General meetings shall be called upon the receipt of a written request to the Secretary from at least ten members. No party political or sectarian discussions shall be raised or resolutions proposed at either Committee or General meeting.
7. BANK ACCOUNT
The Committee shall open a bank account in the name of the Association, and all monies received from any source on behalf of the Association shall be paid into such account. Two out of four signatories shall sign cheques. The income from fees and fundraising activities shall not be distributed to members during the lifetime of the association. In the event that the Association is wound up any income received or property bought on behalf of the Association or similar assets shall be distributed to another not-for-profit or charitable organisation and not to the Association’s members.