Firth Park Community Allotment
The Firth Park Community Allotment idea began in 2005 with a suggestion from a local resident. Two overgrown allotments in Firth Park were taken on for development by Sure Start and Heeley City Farm. Volunteers from the local community and all over Sheffield mucked in to change a tangle of bind weed and bramble into a working site open and accessible to all ages.
The allotment is family-friendly and open to all ages but with a focus on families with children under 5. Activities on site include drop-in gardening sessions, beginners gardening courses, cooking, and creative activities such as den-making, painting plant pots and lantern making. Sessions vary with the seasons but there is always something going on, no matter what the weather, for families and for volunteers. Extended sessions are held in the school holidays. The produce grown is shared out at the sessions or cooked up in
Everyone who attends an allotment session gets stuck in be it planting flowers, helping with the cooking and washing up, sowing seeds or pushing the wheelbarrow. There is something to suit everyone. People learn from each other and the allotment staff about growing fruit and vegetables, about cooking, about wildlife and about interacting with the outdoors.