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Allotments open this weekend for the National Garden Scheme

Allotments at Woodlands Road, Gillingham – all 162 of them – are open to the public this weekend

The National Garden Scheme open weekend comes to Gillingham tomorrow when the town’s Woodlands Road allotments – all 162 of them will be open to the public.

So much to see including espalier fruit trees, floral allotments, bee hives as well as fruit and vegetables from all around the world.

The diverse plots on the allotment field include a large carefully tended ‘orchard’ with espalier trees and parterre, also many plots with gardeners from round the world so unusual vegetables and fruits as well as floral allotments and wildlife areas.

Plots are tended by individuals and on behalf of groups such as Kent Autistic Trust. With access on a concrete road across the field, ample opportunity is allowed to chat with the many friendly allotmenteers who are happy to share their passion for gardening. Beehives, local wildlife and a plot imaginatively using many up-cycled materials.

Home-made cakes and drinks are available in ‘The Shed’ with plants and produce for sale.

Opening dates: Saturday July 24, Sunday July 26 (noon-4pm on both days) Adult: £5. Child: Free

Homemade teas. Plant sale.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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