I am Wendy Skinner Smith, Chair of Cripley Meadow Allotment Association
Cripley Meadow is one of the largest allotment sites in the city and generally we have some turnover during each season so do get in touch if you are interested in having a plot. We aim to make space for as many members as possible so that they too can enjoy the benefits of working with the land; fresh produce and healthy exercise.
Cripley Meadow, like its neighbour Port Meadow, is an ancient flood meadow. It has been laid out as allotments since 1891 but, like many other allotment sites, it became very neglected and overgrown with trees, brambles and accumulated rubbish during the last 30 years of the 20thC. We started reclaiming Cripley Meadow in 2005 and we now have a thriving, busy site with over 200 members. We have established two communal heritage orchards. Our continued monthly programme of working party maintenance, two plot audits a year and natural turnover means we are happy to welcome new members.
In December 2011 we reclaimed our south field with 30 plots of varying sizes. The plots vary from small beds for beginners to large plots suitable for feeding a family.
In 2016 we completed 6 large raised beds for those who find bending or kneeling difficult. These are in a small orchard area and have a dedicated shed.
Annual subscriptions range from £22.50 to £45 and all members are expected to contribute to our site maintenance with three hours work a year or pay a separate sum to cover this.
We hope to make space for as many members as possible so that they too can enjoy the benefits of working with the land; fresh produce and healthy exercise.