In 2011 Ryde Town Council took over the management of five allotment sites in Ryde from the Isle of Wight Council. One of the first things the Council did was to recruit an allotments officer who reports directly to the Councils Allotments Management Committee. The five allotment sites have between them 215 plots and are situated in Marlborough Road, Quarry Road, Mayfield Road, Alfred Street and Upton Road. The average plot size approximately 125sqM with a current annual rent of £22.00
The Allotment Officer has encouraged the tenants to start an Allotment Association which meets twice a year and although it is does have an ad hoc set up it does act as a forum for the tenants to air concerns or ideas for improving the day to day issues of the allotments, with ideas such as notice boards for the sites, setting up an account with seed merchants, annual rubbish skips on the sites to name but a few.
Some of the allotment tenants have entered the annual ‘Ryde in Bloom’ contest with surprising results and two tenants have gone on to create with support from the Council a wild flower and grass haven for birds and wildlife on an area that was not at all suitable for allotment use within one of the sites, beekeeping also takes place here. This area has formed part of the Ryde entry to the South and S.East in Bloom Competition over the past couple of years.
Ryde Town Council actively encourage the tenants to conserve water by harvesting rainwater with a variety of styles of containers from water butts to old baths, also to compost green waste which is then used to feed the soil.
Any resident of Ryde may apply for an allotment and their details will be placed on a waiting list for the sites that that they would prefer to be on , currently it can take between 16 and 18 months to be offered a plot such is the popularity of allotmenting.
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