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The Plot (photo Richard Harris)

The Plot

By Richard Hill
The Plot began at BBC Radio Berkshire with the launch of the brand new green-fingered community project. The launch of The Plot at the Ragstone Road Allotments in Chalvey, happened on Saturday 29 April and saw scores of listeners pitching in.

Find out more about The Plot in Slough

To receive a free "The Plot" factsheet and free seeds call the Action Desk on 0845 900 1044 or email radio.berkshire.actiondesk@bbc.co.uk

It's not a story, but something that will grow into September. We're not talking film plots here; we're talking garden allotments.

Victoria Hazael, the CSV Action Desk Producer at BBC Berkshire  has spent many sleepless nights bringing about this project. But  it all came together on Saturday 29 April as each bed was transformed from weeds.

The Plot (photo Richard Harris)

She said: "We've taken over these plots here in Ragstone Road, Chalvey. These plots will be equally divided into rows and people from Chalvey will be encouraged to take on a row. This idea is the ideal solution for anyone who feels they can't take on a whole allotment on their own. The plan is to provide seeds, tools and advice at our free workshops on Thursday afternoons."

The Plot with Jim and Jules (photo Richard Harris)
Jim 'n' Jules on BBC Radio Berkshire

Plenty of experienced gardeners will be on hand to provide guidance in gardening including Colin Evans, the gardening expert at BBC Radio Berkshire, who also plans to make regular broadcast from the site in Chalvey on Wednesday and Sunday mornings.

Colin says "growing your own vegetables is  actually becoming more popular now. The Allotment Holders Associations up and down the country are saying that they're making a popular comeback."

Mayor of Slough, Cllr Latif Khan

He added: "If you take this (typical) sized allotment, it'll cost you just around  £20 a year to have an allotment. 250 sq metres. That's a lot of garden. And with more people preferring cheap organic produce, this is the ideal way; an affordable way.

"What this project will do, hopefully, is to introduce people in Chalvey not only to fresh fruit and vegetables, but to freshly grown fruit and vegetables.

"What's good about allotment garden is that it brings people from all ages from all backgrounds together".

View from the shed

 "I heard it on BBC Radio Berkshire and thought what a wonderful idea" said one of the volunteers helping to transform the allotments Kathryn Zöechild from Chalvey, "I'd being toying on and off with the idea of having an allotment, but have always thought of it as too big to cope with. So I'm hoping that this project will inspire me to bigger and better things."

Listen out for regular broadcasts from The Plot over the coming months, culminating in a drama derived from the project.

The Plot (photo Richard Harris)

If you would like more information about The Plot or would like a free factsheet and seeds to grow your own vegetables at home  call the Action Desk on 0845 900 1044

last updated: 05/06/06
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Dave
Rajbir, go to school.

Rajbir
i think dat dis is a very gd idea 2 get local ppl togeva as a community!!!

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