Cottenham Community Allotment

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A community allotment in Cottenham where local people of all ages grow fresh fruit and vegetables, cook what's grown, enjoy the outdoors and form friendships. Group sessions are perfect if you can't commit to your own allotment but would like to lend a hand.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • spending time outdoors is good physically and mentally;
  • free fresh food to take home, cook and enjoy;
  • learning from others to make things grow is immensely satisfying.

“I wanted to grow my own food but I didn’t really know where to start. This was an excellent way to get started, learning from others and I’ve loved it. I’ve grown so much more than I thought I could in my first year. This summer as a family four, we’ve hardly had to buy any vegetables, it’s all come from the allotment.” Kate

What to expect

If you can’t commit to having your own allotment, this is an ideal way to grow your own food and be part of a sociable and friendly community. Everyone who joins in to help, gets a share of the crop! Whether you are an experienced gardener with tips to share, or a complete novice, you’d be given a warm welcome.

Run by a group of volunteers, social group sessions are on Saturdays and Sundays (check webpage and Facebook page for details). People come along when they can and join in with the activities that need doing that week. It’s very casual and you can do as much as you feel like. You can also come up at other times to do further work – especially during the summer.

There is also a Community Allotment Whatsapp group to keep everyone in touch with each other.

More information

Anyone is welcome to come along to a volunteer session at weekends. All equipment is provided. Old clothes and shoes are recommended. There’s parking nearby at the recreation ground and a toilet.

Wheelchair access can be tricky, so email ahead to discuss your needs.

Everything is free – there is no cost involved. All equipment is provided and produce can be taken home at no cost to participants.

How to contact

Where to go

Cottenham Community Allotment
Rampton Road
Cambridge CB24 8TJ

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