A Potted History

At the school bus stop in 2007 Chris Snell, Mary Atherton and Richard Zealley were discussing their allotments at Bedale and wishing there were allotments in the village, so they didn’t have to travel to Bedale. Malcolm Barker who was present offered part of his field, so the village could have its own allotments, and that, as they say, is history.

An Lottery grant was secured to fence the allotments and provide equipment and a communal shed. The first growing season in 2008 proved a great success and demand for plots was high, so another 5 plots were added in 2009, to make 15 full size plots.

The allotments continue to be very popular and are occupied by Scruton residents, but also supported by nearby villagers.

The aim of the association is to provide affordable plots so tenants can grow their own produce, and also through social events, competitions and educational events, encourage and help people to grown their own produce.