Advice about Gardening and Allotments

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Why have an allotment?

This link takes you to the monthly advice page of the National Allotment Society

Jobs for July

“Daily Information’s Practical Gardening Tips:

Gardens to Volunteer at and Community Gardens:

  • Barracks Lane Garden– the granddaddy community garden in Oxford. Open all the time, sometimes staffed by volunteers and sometimes you must book and collect a key.
  • Incredible Edible Oxford– part of an international movement about putting public green spaces to use growing food
  • Oxford City Farm– next to St Gregory the Great School and Florence Park, OCF aims to educate everyone about food production enjoyably.
  • OxGrow– two unloved tennis courts in Hogacre Common (off Abingdon Rd) have become a thriving community food garden. Work sessions Wed evenings and Sun afternoon.
  • Wolvercote Tree Group– maintains a Community Orchard opposite The Trout, with annual apple day, and other trees around the village.
  • Warneford Orchard– not so much a need for volunteering this, but if you like apples go and pick some! Make use of the town green status and enjoy the produce, some of it rare species. Accessible from Hilltop Road via Warneford Meadow.

Places to Visit:

Online Reference:

  • Friends of Oxford Botanic Garden: the garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant – more diverse than a rainforest!
  • Plant Locations: AMAZING resource listing interesting/edible plants & their locations (most throughly, Bristol). Want to find your nearest mulberry tree? Wild plums? Fig? Find them here – and enlarge the map by adding plants near you.
  • Flowers & Plants Association: flower fashion, flower facts, flower care

Interesting Oddities:


Neighbouring suppliers

Oxford Wood Recycling, Abingdon

Paul (Manure) 07770 743253


Tools recommended by plotholders


Dutch hoe