BEAS Open Morning 2017
Another allotment success
The annual BEAS Open Morning was held on 22nd July 2017.
The eagerly anticipated event was another resounding success, enjoyed by scores of visitors, who coped with a number of very heavy downpours!
Bournemouth East Allotment Society’s Open Morning is always the highlight of our local allotment calendar. This year's proved challenging due to the weather. On the whole it was dry, and occasionally bright, but there were a couple of very heavy downpours of rain, typical of a British summer! But everyone coped very well.
The enjoyment of staging the Open Morning comes from seeing our local community come and visit the allotment site, have guided tours, participate in the many activities, and buy some of the fresh fruit and veg and homemade produce.
The Open Morning also raises funds to help maintain the allotment site as a community assett. This year the event raised an amazing £1,239. The Society is hugely grateful to all who came and took part in the fun. Thank you to all the visitors, volunteers, and contributors alike.
Once again the Open Morning proved popular with local families and children, keen gardeners, and the regulars who come just to snap-up the fantastic produce, jams, preserves and cakes donated for sale by our plot-holders.
LOCAL EATERY'S ARTISAN BBQ
Visitors to the 2017 Open Morning were also treated to fine quality BBQ food provided by Southbourne's popular European restaurant The Larder House. This was a real treat, with some of the ingredients used coming straight from these guy's allotment which they have on site wth us here at BEAS.
We are also indebted to the follwing for providing many of the prizes for our 'Grand Summer Raffle':
- Littledown Leisure Centre
- Stewarts Garden Centre
- Abbotsbury Children's Farm
- Odeon Cinema
- Den's Fish & Chips
- Lovely Lane Online Gifts
A message to these businesses from the BEAS Committee - "THANK YOU!"
You will have seen in recent years the renaissance in allotment gardening but many allotment sites still face increasing threat from housing developers. Bournemouth East Allotment Society is incredibly fortunate to enjoy significant popularity within the local community and a continued demand for plots.
Take a look at the photo gallery from the 2017 Open Morning: