June allotment update

As many of our supporters will already know, we have been very fortunate to have been given an allotment space this year. Having access to an allotment will offer our members the opportunity to develop new skills and improve their wellbeing while growing their own fruit and vegetables. 

With the help and advice of many kind gardeners, we have spent the last few months planning how best to organise and develop our accessible space. 

This week is when hard physical work really began. We cleared all of the top weeds, built two raised beds and started work on our accessible path. Our special thanks to Roman and Faith for the back-breaking work on such a hot few days!

🍓The pre-existing strawberries have so far survived their temporary potted homes, with glimpses of the red ripening fruit beneath the leaves. Sadly some of our wildflowers have struggled but we hope to seed the new soil with some wild plants – we hope we haven’t seen the last of them. Thanks to Alison for watering the strawberries!

🌱We have an amazing list of donated young vegetables thanks to those who kindly donated to our Pledge-a-Veg campaign. We have lots of variety including Swiss chard, tomatoes, herbs, beetroot, runner beans as well as the newly sprouting pumpkins and cornflowers donated by Epsom in Bloom.

Three photos showing allotment plot under construction.

🌻We hope to begin to plant out towards the end of June. 

Watch this space!

A tribute to Dorothy

A wonderful tribute written by Sunnybank Volunteer Audrey, after the sad passing of her friend, Dorothy.

“I was lucky enough to be Dorothy’s friend for about 14 years. When I first met her we used to meet at her home while we got to know each other. We used to look at magazines which I  bought on the way. I quickly learned that she wasn’t interested in gardening or pictures of plants or scenery but loved looking at clothes and shoes, the more colourful the better. She loved cat pictures but didn’t like dogs and if we came across a picture of the queen she would salute.  
I would sometimes take some bottles of nail polish and Dorothy would choose her colour and I’d paint her nails. She always looked beautifully dressed and liked to wear her bracelets and necklaces and have her hair up.

After a while we started to go out, sometimes to garden centres for coffee. On our way in the car we sang songs of which Dorothy’s favourite was Daisy Daisy and she loved her birthday, looking forward to it for ages and practicing singing Happy Birthday with great gusto!

Once we were there we would have coffee and Dorothy would love to choose which cake she was going to have. She was always so happy to meet anyone we came across, holding out her hand to them and could light up a room with her lovely smile and cheeky laugh. She was such a friendly soul.

She loved the craft activities and music at Kites Club and would sometimes enjoy getting up for a dance, and also going to an easy access church service where she liked meeting the other people and having coffee and cake with them afterwards.

I will miss her terribly as I’m sure everybody who knew and loved her will.

The world will seem a sadder place without Dorothy.”