Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication,
and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to
a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.
– Author Unknown
We are a small but growing allotments association serving the residents of a housing estate called Maesgeirchen on the outskirts of Bangor in Gwynedd. Bangor is a small university town and a gateway to Snowdonia. The town also possesses city status by virtue of it’s cathedral.
Our allotments are quite new having begun in 2005 and the first season being in 2006. We were officially opened by Betty Williams M.P. on June 1st 2006. Since then we have added a further eleven plots to our site and plans are underway for some more.
A brief history.
Phase 1 of the site which is affectionately known as ‘the old allotments’ was fenced off in the autumn of 2004
Prior to this there had been a lot of groundwork with drumming up interest for the project, getting the go ahead off the council, obtaining funding before the dream of even putting up the fence became a reality.
The initial members worked hard to get the project off the ground. For many of us it was a learning curve. Some of us had never grown vegetables before, put up a poly-tunnel, been part of committee or applied for funding. But thanks to all that hard work here we are today not even ten years on and Phase 2 has had two growing seasons and Phase 3 is now fenced off.
As well as the plot holders a lot of hard work and support over the years has been put in by Communities First and Maesgeirchen Project Workers … Franklin Scarace.. Andy Davies and Paul Hockaday.
After the success of Phase 1 came Phase 2 in 2010. Gwynedd Council gave permission for the 2nd Phase which was fenced off and started in 2010. This brought an extra 8 plots. These too have proved to be successful and the waiting list still grows.