Working Parties 2018-19


The Sunnyside tradition of volunteer working parties during the winter months dates from the days when Sunnyside Old and New and Birtchnell’s Copse were very neglected and needed rejuvenation lest the land should fall into the hands of developers.  Many allotment plots were cleared and then let, and soon there was a waiting list for plots.  It is not everybody who can find the time to volunteer to work on anything but their own plot.



Twenty or so years later, winter working party tasks now tend to be rather different; instead of clearing overgrown plots for letting and planting hazel coppices for bean-poles, we now focus on maintenance tasks, cutting back overgrown paths and encroaching wildlife areas, harvesting our bean-poles.  We also embark on new projects to improve common facilities such as the Tea Hut, the toilet, and the new SAS community sheds.


During this winter, working parties achieved some improvements in these areas and in Birtchnell’s Copse.  In fact, this year we put in quite a lot of effort on SSN to try and even up the benefits of our work between the two sites.  The last working party of the winter in early March was rained off, and only indoor work tidying sheds could be done.  This is the second year running that the last working party of the season has had to be abandoned because of the weather, so let’s hope we have better luck next season.

In the meantime, thanks are due to all those volunteers whose efforts helped to improve Sunnyside allotments during the past winter’s working parties, and to the ladies who produced lunches for the tired and hungry workers.


Water Conservation

A reminder that all sheds, constructions and greenhouses should be fitted with guttering to collect rainwater.

You can read more about water conservation on our website.

Dates for your Diary



Meet and Greet

Sun 15 May 10 to 11 am

Your opportunity to come and meet members of the committee.


Platinum Jubilee Lunch

12 to 3pm

Sun 12 June 2022



Open Day

Sun 7 August 2022

(to be confirmed)


Christmas Drinks

Sun 18 December (to be confirmed)



January 2023 (date still to be fixed)