Welcome to Wharfside
Greetings and a hearty welcome to Wharfside Allotments and Community Gardens. have a look around and see what sets us apart...
Our Growing Community
"We're living the Goodlife"
Welcome to Wharfside Allotments, a hidden oasis in the heart of the Staffordshire and Southern Coalfields Site of Special Scientific Interest. A serene escape just a short stroll away from the breathtaking Chasewater lake.
At Wharfside Allotments, we celebrate the diversity of our community, where gardening enthusiasts of all levels unite with a shared passion for the outdoors and a strong sense of community spirit. Whether you're nurturing your first seedling or tending to a thriving bee colony, you'll find kindred spirits here.
Our allotments are nestled amidst the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Staffordshire and Southern Coalfields. The picturesque Chasewater lake provides a stunning backdrop, turning your gardening experience into a tranquil retreat.
Beyond being plots of land, our community gardens are havens for nature lovers. Immerse yourself in the joy of gardening surrounded by a rich tapestry of flora and fauna, contributing to the ecological richness of the area.
Join our community where the power of shared passion and community spirit comes to life. Experience the joy of nurturing the land alongside fellow gardening enthusiasts who share your love for nature.
Whether you dream of cultivating a vegetable patch, creating a haven for flowers, or simply finding solace amidst nature, Wharfside Allotments has a space waiting for you. Limited plots are available, offering you the chance to become part of our vibrant and growing community.
"and we've come so far"
Transforming from a forsaken former water treatment facility into a flourishing green sanctuary nestled in the heart of urban sprawl, our community has successfully reclaimed this once-abandoned industrial wasteland. In less than a year, we've revitalized the space, turning it into a thriving hub for food production, fostering friendships, and building a vibrant community.
Our transformative efforts extend to the restoration of over 500 meters of ancient hedgerows, featuring the planting of more than a thousand native hawthorn whips. This restoration not only enhances the visual appeal but also contributes to the ecological richness of our surroundings.
Furthermore, we've addressed critical infrastructure challenges by replacing two collapsed culvert sections over Crane Brook. This strategic action not only diminishes the risk of flooding for our neighbors but also facilitates improved water flow to the Triangle and the newt habitat within the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Our commitment to responsible water management reflects our dedication to the broader environmental impact of our community.
In creating essential habitats, we've specifically supported the rare and protected solitary mining bee, playing a vital role in its conservation. Simultaneously, our efforts contribute to the cleanup and preservation of the adjacent heathland, demonstrating our commitment to environmental stewardship.
"but we're not done yet"
As part of our continued initiatives, we are establishing various ecological exclusion zones to preserve and protect biodiversity. In this expansion, an additional 900 hawthorn hedge plants will be added, further enhancing the ecological richness of our surroundings.
To minimize our environmental impact, we're implementing an environmentally friendly river and rainwater harvesting system. This innovative approach aligns with our commitment to sustainable practices, ensuring that we contribute positively to the local ecosystem.
In our efforts to improve the site for our plot holders, we are seeking pre-application advice from the planning authority for the construction of a small clubhouse and allotment store. This facility will include essential amenities such as toilets and washing facilities, enhancing the overall experience for our community members.