Lowick Green allotments

Lowick Allotment Association is a small, friendly and informally run facility based centrally in the Lowick community. The allotments take up one corner of The Green and have been established for about one hundred years, enjoyed by local people and admired by passers-by en route to Coniston and the west coast.

The site is small compared to many other allotment areas, but nevertheless, our amateur growers ensure the plots are always filled with an enormous variety of vegetables, fruit and flowers, watched over by Albert, the resident scarecrow.

Albert, the resident scarecrow.
Albert. Taken in 2020 by Sue Hotchkiss.

We are keen to encourage new, local members onto the allotments whatever their level of knowledge or horticultural experience, especially young people, families or anyone without a garden of their own to grow vegetables.

The events of 2020 have for many, brought to mind a greater awareness of the pleasure of home grown produce. A simple stroll around the plots demonstrates the diversity of what people grow and how they like to grow it. Knowledge and skills are traded as freely as spare packets of seed and there is always someone around to ask advice from if you are new to growing.

Members on the allotments are also great supporters of Lowick Show and despite the necessary restrictions due to Covid19, have still managed to produce some amazing contributions for the “virtual show bench“ this year.

In 2021, we hope to implement some simple improvements on the allotments and are exploring potential funding via charitable donations and grants.  There have also been initial discussions with The Valley Project to look at ways that we can collaborate with the programme from Grizedale Arts to explore any opportunities.

At the end of March 2020 sadly, we lost our long-time allotment Secretary Irene Jewell. Not only a prodigious, skilled and generous grower, Irene was a a stalwart in the community. A sunflower garden was established on part of her plot as a tribute from fellow allotmenteers, friends and family and has provided a wonderful splash of colour for most of the year.

A group of sunflowers.
Sunflowers. Taken in 2020 by Sue Hotchkiss.

We are extremely fortunate to live in an amazing corner of the county, where the community is still deeply connected to its rural roots.

For more information please contact allotment secretary:
Sue Hotchkiss on 01229 885485 or email sue@apical.org.uk

A lakeland allotment through the year

Lowick Green allotments. Taken in 2020 by Sue Hotchkiss