The St Clements and District Allotment Association site is on the side of Headington Hill which faces west towards the City of Oxford. The site has about 75 allotments, some of which are subdivided.
The site is lush and fertile, lying above the spring line above a layer of sticky red sand. Most crops grow well, but we have the usual problems faced by any allotment.
The association is relaxed and friendly with a broad mix of ages. We know that immaculate plots are impossible for busy people and working families.
What’s good about the site?
The soil. This tends towards light clay so it is moisture retentive and fertile. Most crops grow very well but it is easily compacted.
The people. Everyone is friendly. It’s a very nice atmosphere. We understand that busy people don’t keep immaculate plots so you can have an allotment and a life.
The view. We overlook Oxford and the Thames Valley. The sunsets can be fabulous.
What’s Bad about the site?
We have most of the weeds: Cooch Grass, Mares Tail, Nettle, Thistle, Bindweed, Ground Elder, Michaelmas Daisy and Creeping Buttercup. We have plenty of wildlife to compete with too: Muntjac, Pigeons, Rodents (Mice, Squirrels and the occasional Rat), Slugs and Snails. We have endemic tomato blight with occasional appearances from other diseases. We have had incidents of theft and vandalism but they’re thankfully rare.
The site has mains water and a composting toilet. There is a fence around most of the perimeter with a combination lock. There is some parking on site.