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Ely District Allotment Challenge

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Several Groups in Ely District are involved in the Allotment Challenge for the second growing season, growing their own vegetables often from seed in approximately 10” by 30” area of Public Allotment within sight of the historic Ely Cathedral. The District Allotment on Upheards Lane, Ely, last year saw over 80 members from groups growing veg. This year newly formed Caitlin Explorer Scout Unit are taking the lead on this green fingered challenge.



Explorer Leader Ben said

"our first challenge when we took on the allotment was to remove the weeds and dig over the plots, so that we could plant up, we have already planted potatoes, sweet corn, broad beans and there are already strawberries on our plot. But I think they were planted by one of the other Groups who share the plot"

"Our neighbouring allotment holders love it when we bring the young people down as it brings a little bit of life into the area, the Ely groups last year brought their Beavers and Cubs along to learn about how the veg. We hope to harvest some of our own grown veggies before Camjam.”

Explorer Alex said

“it’s really exciting getting involved in the allotment challenge as I can use this for part of my Queens Scout Award, plus we get to show Cubs and Beavers how to grow their own veg. We might even inspire them to get their own plot later in life.
It’s all about healthy eating and taking opportunities”

Assistant Explorer Leader Nikki Said

“one of the Explorer nights earlier this year included a seed game, where the explorers had to gather up all the ingredients for planting a seed. This included compost, earth, a pot, a seed, water and they had to plant up 6 seeds”

The allotment challenge is now in its second year having won a Community Award last year, the groups hope to continue for many years to come. Like Alex the Explorer said hopefully this will inspire better health and an interest in growing real food.