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  • The Dig Deep Community Allotment Project
  • Crowborough Path allotments is a disused area of land in South Oxhey (off Kilmarnock Road) which Three Rivers District Council has leased to ASCEND for an initial period of five years.  Teaming up with Farming for All,  ASCEND is using the land to create training and personal development opportunities for clients of all ages.  Learning undertaken has already included land clearance, greenhouse and raised beds construction and organic horticulture skills to green technologies such as water collection, solar power and attracting appropriate wildlife/ insects, bush craft etc.    Clients use their time at the allotments to boost their confidence and self esteem and if appropriate to gain qualifications such as NVQ or NPTC Level 1 Awards in Horticulture.   The courses also embed skills for life (numeracy, literacy etc).
  • The land was heavily overgrown and needed much investment in manpower and equipment to make it usable.  Work began in March 2010 to clear the site including the erection of fencing to make the project secure, construction of secure storage etc and we are extremely grateful to staff from Thrive Homes, United House, Northwick Day Centre, Ipsos MORI, M&S, GE Capital and John Lewis for their help in this task.  
  • The Dig Deep project is being approached in stages:-
  • Stage One - Complete.  A consultation has now taken place with the community, expecially the owners and tenants of neighbouring properties.
  • Stage Two - Complete.  Clearance and development of the first section nearest to Newport Meads including perimeter fencing, fencing off around the Pylon area and erection of a shed. Where possible, cleared materials have been composted and/or chipped to reuse.  Any other waste materials are bagged and disposed of appropriately.
  • Stage Three - In Progress.   Erection of greenhouse and outdoor classroom. Expansion of clearance area to include fruit trees and nature reserve.  Development of Volunteer team.   Continuing courses on site including - BushCraft, Natural and Seasonal Crafts, Basic Gardening, Credit Crunch Cultivation etc.
  • Stage Four - The formation of a committee to provide opportunities to help oversee the day to day maintainence of planting, volunteering and eventually the opportunity for community self-governance. 

All Saints Church Centre
Gosforth Lane
South Oxhey
Watford
WD19 7AX

T: 020 8420 1364
F: 020 8420 1741
E: info@ascend.org.uk

Investor in People

National Lottery Funded European Social Fund - Skills Funding Agency