We are based at Elder Stubbs Charity Allotments in Cowley, East Oxford. We offer opportunities to socialise and practice skills in horticulture, cooking, marketing, woodwork and other crafts. Together the group decides what activities they will do.
Our members have been cultivating approximately two acres of mature allotment land since 1997. We have seasonal flower and vegetable beds, orchards, woodland and sensory and wildlife gardens. All the produce is sold in our allotment shop and to local caterers and businesses. As well as our garden produce, we sell jams, juices, craft and woodwork items, and recycled tools.
Elder Stubbs is open between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Lunch is provided. From 3pm to 4.30pm there is an optional peer support and social group. Members usually attend one or two days a week.
Members arrive at 9.30am, when we have a short meeting to discuss the running of the day. Everyone including members, staff and volunteers organise themselves for working in small supported groups.
The main work takes place in the garden growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, in woodwork making habitats for wildlife and commissions and in our large kitchen, cooking lunches for the group and jams and chutneys for our shop.
There is a morning tea break at 11.00, after which the day continues with another work session.
Lunch is at 12.30 which is prepared by a small group. After lunch everyone carries out communal chores such as cleaning and washing up.
The last working session of the day runs from 1.30 to 2.30.
At 2.30 we have a brief meeting to discuss how the day has been. We also make notes for the following day’s group to carry forward any unfinished or new work.
Members are free to stay and chat for the last part of the day. The day finishes at 3pm.
We are pleased to announce that our Elder Stubbs shop is now open Monday-Friday 10.00am-2.30pm. Treats available include fantastic jams, honey and chutneys, as well as fresh flowers, seasonal plants and great tasting ‘cloudy’ apple juice from the orchards. You can also often find handmade items such as bird boxes and bug hotels. Please Note- CASH ONLY to purchase.