It is over 10 years since City of York Council held a Best Kept Plot Competition for allotment tenants. To celebrate the diversity of York’s allotment sites and the dedication of allotment gardeners, we are launching a new allotment competition this year.
There will be two categories of plots:
- New tenants: for gardeners who took on their plot since January 2022
- Established tenants: for gardeners who took on their plot before January 2022
For more information and to enter your plot click here.
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YACIO has been approached by a student from York University with a view to plot holders taking part in a survey, which is part of his dissertation work.
Harry Matthew Partridge is a 3rd year student studying BSc Environment, Economics and Ecology. His research is on Allotment holder perceptions of nature-provisioning features on allotment sites: barriers and opportunities.
Further details about his research and the survey can be found on the link below.
Prize Draw – Plot Holders who complete the survey will have an option, at the end, to submit their email address and enter in a prize draw, for £50 gardening supplies from a local garden centre/nursery.
If you wish to help this young man in his studies please complete the survey as soon as possible but no later than mid-Feb.
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There’s not much to do on the allotment in the depths of February, so why not check out this new show, running at York Theatre Royal for one evening only on 25th February, 2023. It’s billed as an hilarious and moving comedy-drama about allotmenteering and the great outdoors and is based on interviews with local plot holders. Are you one of them? Do let us know if you’ve contributed!
Here’s what the theatre have to say about Ladies That Dig:
A hilarious and moving comedy-drama from the team that brought you Ladies That Bus.
Ladies That Dig is about the great outdoors and the people who enjoy it. Budding love, blossoming middle-age, exploring our roots, and unearthing buried treasures, lead us to discover what it means to ‘grow’…
Collected from real local interviews from Allotmenteers, Metal Detectorists, Archaeologists, Grave-diggers, Forensic Anthropologists and people who just love gardening, Ladies That Dig is a fertile blend of live music, comedy, and true tales from women who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.York Theatre Royal
For more information and to book a ticket visit the Theatre Royal website.
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Some great news from Dobbies. You can now recycle your old compost bags at the York store. This is particularly good news as this packaging is typically difficult for people to recycle easily.
You’ll find the recycling collection points in their car park and you can also recycle any unwanted plastic plant pots too.
Mikron Theatre will bring their new show RED SKY AT NIGHT to Scarcroft Allotments on Sunday 22nd May at 2pm. The subject is topical for gardeners….THE WEATHER!
About the show
The wild and wonderful world of weather
Through the chronicles of history, people have gazed up and marvelled at the mysteries of the weather. Generations have tried to master the elements, and understand the magic of the skies.
Hayley’s sunny, beloved dad was the nation’s favourite weatherman. He could make a typhoon sound like a tickle. Hayley is now following in his footsteps, to join the ranks of the forecasting fraternity. Or at least, local shoestring teatime telly.
When the pressure drops and dark clouds gather, Hayley is melting faster than a lonely snowflake. She’s seen the future’s forecast, but will anyone listen?
Bring your anorak and your factor 50. Well, you never know.
No tickets required, a ‘pay what you feel’ collection will be taken after the show.
Scarcroft Allotments can be found on Scarcroft Road, YO23 1PF, with the entrance just opposite the Croquet club and the park. The performance will take place outside, so bring a chair or blanket and why not bring a picnic too.
View show details on the Mikron Theatre website or facebook page
We’ve updated our Tenant Handbook! Take a look at the new document here.
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