Okeford Fitzpaine allotments are situated in what must be one of the most beautiful sites in England. Located in Church Field, next to St Andrews Church and with views overlooking open countryside and Hambledon Hill as a backdrop, there can be no better place to spend a summer’s evening, with the added bonus of gathering your crop ready for dinner when you get home.
The allotments were established in 2009 in response to a burgeoning interest in the community and as part of a national move towards growing your own, healthy eating and food free from chemicals and pesticides. The first fencepost was driven in on the 21st March and by August the field was transformed into a lush landscape of fruit, vegetables and flora.
All the work of clearing the field, building fences, laying the hedge, ploughing the ground and measuring out the plots was done by a dedicated team of people from the village and with the support of the Parish Council. Thanks to them and to the Pitt-Rivers Estate, to which the field belongs, the 17 plots, many of which have been sub-divided into ½ plots, provide a disparate group of people from the village with the privileged opportunity to grow their own food in an area of outstanding natural beauty. In order to maintain the natural appearance of the landscape, no permanent structures such as sheds are permitted.
Now in its third year, links are being made with the Fippenny Garden Club and it is intended that plot holders will take an increasingly active part in the Annual Summer Show. The Okeford Fitzpaine Allotment Group Open Day is an annual event timed to coincide with National Allotments Week. As well as being able to stroll around the allotments and chat to the plot holders, visitors can make a small contribution in exchange for freshly grown produce. Proceeds are donated to local causes. It is also hoped that in future, the Allotment Group open event will be able to join with the Open Gardens event held every two years in the village.
As there is already a waiting list, the Allotment Group are now actively looking for suitable sites in the village on which more allotments can be established.
For further information you can email the Secretary at [email protected]