Allotments in Sunningdale date back to 1860, possibly earlier. The current site was first let by the Rev. Raffles Flint, the vicar of Holy Trinity, around the late 1870s. The Parish Council, which was formed on 31st December 1894, officially took over responsibility for running the allotments at Michaelmas in 1895, and it has looked after them ever since.
A complete history of Sunningdale Allotments can be found here. It provides a useful read for anybody who is keen on local history or allotments.
Here is a slideshow with pictures that were taken at the allotments in September 2016. It focuses on squashes, pumpkins and decorative plants.
Interested in a plot?
There are currently 63 plots on the site. They vary in size from as little as 2 poles (50 sq. metres) up to 6.3 poles (160 sq. metres), although the average is just over 4 poles (100 sq metres). Here is a site map. If you are interested in having a plot then please contact the Parish Clerk.
William Pack Cup for the best allotment 2016
There were three judges: Mary Sayer (Councillor responsible for allotments), Graeme Kennedy (Grounds Manager) and Brian King (plot holder).
Ann & Roy McEwan and Geoff Newis were the stand out plots. It was very close between them, resulting in a split decision as they say in boxing parlance, where Ann & Roy just took first prize ahead of Geoff. Meanwhile, Caroline Rutherford’s visually attractive plot was a clear winner in the Best Newcomer category.
The full results are as follows …
1st Ann & Roy McEwan (plot 2a)
2nd Geoff Newis (plot 34b / 35)
3rd Pam & David Stanley (plot 40).
Highly Commended: Daphne & David Evans (plot 30)
Pat Bond (plot 31a).
Commended: Mary Alexander (plot 4).
Best Newcomer: Caroline Rutherford (plot 33b).
SADGA (Sunningdale & District Gardening Association)
Quite a number of plot holders attend the monthly meetings of SADGA, the local gardening club. They are held on the first Thursday of the month in the Village Hall.
The centrepiece of each meeting is a talk on a specific gardening topic by a guest speaker. Further details can be found on the SADGA website, including the full programme for the current year.
Alternatively, ring the Programme Secretary Pat Bond on 01344 623891 or SADGA Secretary Linda Foord on 0744 532 022 for information.