Signs of Spring at Syon Lane

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It may still be distinctly chilly in London, but there are already signs of spring in the air. And this means that Syon Lane Community Allotment is beginning to come out of its winter hibernation at last. If you look very closely, you can see new growth appearing everywhere as the cycle of the seasons repeats…

Interested in what we’re doing at the allotment? You’re in luck. Spring also means that the Syon Lane Sunday open days are back each week from 12pm. All are welcome!

For details on how to get to us, see the website here – and you can join in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter too.

You can find more of my photographs from Syon Lane here.

Winter at Syon Lane

After the recent good news about the Syon Lane Community Allotment, I visited again on a cold December Sunday afternoon. With no leaves on the trees and very little growing, the place looked stark and wintery – so I grabbed a few photographs before the light faded…

For more information about Syon Lane, visit their website or see more of my photos here.

Good news from Syon Lane!

Syon Lane Community Allotment entrance (Photo: Claire Butler, 26/02/12)

I’m very pleased to report that, after much diplomatic negotiation, the volunteers at Syon Lane Community Allotment have been granted another year on the site – it seems that after a lot of hard work on the part of the volunteers over the last couple of years (including winning an award and being featured in the local paper!), the owner of the land was impressed with what has been achieved and was therefore happy to extend their time there.

And I’m looking forward to getting back down there with my camera…

If you’d like to know more, or are interested in getting involved, please visit the Syon Lane website or contact the team on Twitter.

Summer at Syon Lane

Last weekend saw me at Syon Lane Community Allotment again. Naturally, I brought my camera along, and managed to get some great pictures of the site coming into its summer colours – and beautiful they are too… (click on any of the images above to see a larger version).

If you’d like to visit, there is an open day every Sunday from 12pm and all are welcome. For details of how to get to the Allotment, see the map and travel info on the Syon Lane website here.

For regular updates on what the Allotment volunteers get up to (and some lively discussion), join the Syon Lane Community Allotment Facebook group, or follow @SyonLane on Twitter.

You can find more of my photos from Syon Lane here.

Big Dig Open Day at Syon Lane Community Allotment

Despite the pouring rain putting off a few visitors and volunteers, the Syon Lane Community Allotment Big Dig Open Day turned out to be a fun and productive afternoon. You can see some of the things we got up to (including making hundreds of seed-balls, filling up the greenhouse with lots of newly-planted seeds in pots, and getting our bathtub wormery up and running!) in the photos above.

We were also visited by a photographer from the local paper, and you can see some of his photos here.

Thanks to everyone who came down and made it such an enjoyable day!

For further information on Syon Lane Community Allotment, visit their website, and join the Facebook group for more updates.

You can also see what Syon Lane looks like at different times of the year by checking out some of my photos here, here and here.

Spring at Syon Lane Community Allotment

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Spring has definitely arrived at Syon Lane, as you can see from the photos above (which were taken yesterday afternoon). Preparations are well underway for the Big Dig Spring Open Day, which is happening at the community allotment on Saturday 17th March from midday until 6pm.

Come along and get involved in sowing and planting out in the forest garden and market garden areas, learn how to make seed balls and discover how to construct a wormery – as well as lots of other useful garden activities and workshops. And once you’ve built up an appetite, there will be free vegan food and hot and cold drinks on offer all day too.

All are welcome!

For more information and details of how to get there, visit the Syon Lane Community Allotment Facebook group.

You can see more photos from Syon Lane here, here and here.

Syon Lane Harvest Festival

Last Sunday saw the harvest festival celebrations at Syon Lane Community Allotment. Marking the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, the festivities included apple bobbing, lantern making, dancing, drumming, singing, and a vegetarian feast made from veggies grown at the allotment (plus home-brewed wine!) and eaten communally round the fire. This was a happy and cheerful occasion, with smiles all round and a feeling of connection to the earth and to each other – despite the noise from the constant stream of planes heading into land at nearby Heathrow airport!

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