Seven years after its foundation Dry Arch Growers continues to flourish and late last year was one of the subjects in a book written by author Andrew Bibby titled “Back Roads Through Middle England”. The book chronicles his cycle journey from the English Channel to the Humber along the Jurassic stone belt. His odyssey took him through Bathampton where he visited Dry Arch Growers and met with members of the Bathampton Community Co-operative to learn about the transition of the site from a family-owned market garden to a thriving co-operatively run community growing scheme. Andrew was full of admiration for what had been achieved and was impressed with the facilities on the site which include four polytunnels, green houses, a clever rainwater irrigation system not to mention the comfortable wooden cabin which serves as a focal point for the group and visitors.
At the time of his visit the co-operative was in the process of moving away from its vegetable box subscription scheme to a “community allotment” where members share both the work and the rewards of the harvest. This new scheme has now had a successful first full growing season, recruiting new members along the way.
The scheme appeals to people who:
want a regular supply of local, seasonal vegetables grown on organic principles
may be new to growing veg or want to get started but don’t want to take on the responsibilities of their own allotment
would like to share the sowing, growing and harvesting of produce with like- minded people
The co-op’s main work day continues to be Sundays from 11am to 3.30pm but members can put in their hours of work to suit personal circumstances. Membership means never having to worry about your allotment when you go on holiday!
The group is opening its doors to further prospective members at an “Open Day” on March 18th from 11am to 3pm when members will be on hand to give tours around the site and explain in detail how the scheme works.
If you are interested in what membership offers but can’t make the open day then take a look at the Community Allotment page to find out more.