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 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 now have a thriving, busy site with over 250 members. Since 2008, after much hard work, we have turned the tide on the lack of cultivation. We have accommodated many new members and have managed a waiting list. Our continued programme of reclamation, two plot audits a year and natural turnover means we are happy to welcome new members. We opened our reclaimed south field with 30 plots of varying sizes in December 2011. We try to process plots that come available promptly so do get in touch if you are interested. The plots vary from small beds for beginners to large plots suitable for feeding a family. Annual subscriptions range from £15 to £30. 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.
I am Wendy Skinner Smith and I chair Cripley Meadow Allotment Association Committee. This is some of my 2009 crop of Imperial White Garlic.