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Allotment Gardening for People with a Disability
Over the last few years, the Association has developed what was previously an unused area of the Hanging Hill site into a place where people with a wide range of learning and social difficulties can become involved in gardening.

The TRIANGLE, named after the shape of the plot, was created following advice from a range of organisations who work with disabilities and with the generous financial support of local businesses, the Town Council and Wycombe District Council as well as lots of practical help from our wonderful allotment members!

The site was officially opened on Saturday 23rd March 2013 by the Marlow Town Mayor, Jocelyn Towns and later that year we were delighted to receive the Community Champions Award 2013 for Community Project of the Year by Buckinghamshire County Council Local Area Forums.

Sylvia Miller, a long-standing member of the association, has coordinatied the project and you will find her contact details below if you wish to find out more or arrange for a group to become involved.
Clearing and developing the site
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In December 2012 a group of eager volunteers began to clear the ground of rubble, rubbish, weeds & roots to reveal a large triangular area of approx 800 square feet bordered on two sides by a brick wall and fencing, and adjoining residential accomodation, and on the third side by fencing which runs alongside a public footpath. Access is from Chiltern Road or Prospect Road. We wanted to make to  area secure and separate whilst still allowing contact with plotholders on the main allotment. 

Once cleared, plots were marked out and weed suppressant membrane laid for pathways, which were levelled and laid with woodchips. Finally a shed was constructed and a water tank system was connected to an overflow neighbouring garden to harness rainwater A standpipe has also been installed on the site for mains water supply. A raised bed was constructed & we have obtained benches for seating. With the exception of the Contractors who removed the tree roots, all works have been carried out by volunteers from both allotment sites, in all weather conditions. Furthermore, throughout this process we received constant help, advice & support from Marlow Town Council.

As yet we have not had any positive feedback from organisations for people with physical disabilities & therefore have not made allowance for wheelchair access. However, should the need arise the paths & shed entrance are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs with a few small adaptations which can be easily implemented.


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The official opening

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The Community Champions Award

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Summer barbecues

All those that have been part of this project have gained in many ways – both the volunteers and the Tenants sharing the knowledge & pleasures of the growing experience. The tenants visit the site on various days & leave messages, notes & gifts for each other plus they do additional watering of each others areas in the heat of summer.












Click here to read a Bucks Free Press article about one of our barbecues!
Find out more and get involved
For more information and to get involved with the project, please contact SYLVIA MILLER on 01628 473946

Our Thanks To...

Throughout this project we have been extremely grateful to all the individuals, groups and businesses who have supported us with donations of money & goods and practical, physical help.

We wish to especially acknowledge the following for their support:

  • The Shanly Foundation, Cllr R Scott’s Wycombe District Council Ward Budget Allocation, Marlow Health Check and Marlow Town Council, whose financial assistance enabled the initial clearance as well as the purchase of a shed and weed suppressant membrane for the paths
  • Kings Seeds, for the large donation of vegetable and flower seeds
  • Robin Teasdill of New Leaf Tree Surgery for all the woodchips for the paths
  • ASDA, High Wycombe
  • Waitrose, Marlow
  • Marlow Inner Wheel Group for the donation of a wheelbarrow

Finally, all of the wonderful tennants who donated spare tools and equipement.

Thank you all!