Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society celebrates its eighth annual festival

PUBLISHED: 16:08 07 September 2015 | UPDATED: 18:10 10 September 2015

Cllr Barbara White opening the Pat House Memorial Vegetable Garden

Cllr Barbara White opening the Pat House Memorial Vegetable Garden


About a thousand people attended the eighth annual Seven Kings and Goodmayes Allotment Society festival.

The event, on Sunday, was attended by special guest Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Barbara White.

The mayor officially opened the raised bed patch, known as the Pat House Memorial Vegetable Garden.

The beds are available to rent by people who, due to a variety of disabilities, cannot garden conventionally.

President of the society, Paul Dye, spoke of the benefits of having an allotment.

Mr Dye said: “You can grow organic and of course the vegetables are fresh.

“If you grow sweet corn on an allotment, you can pick the corn and it can be on the table within half an hour of picking it.

“If you want to, you can grow vegetables without using any products or chemical fertilisers.”

Mr Dye said it was wonderful the amount of people and charitable and voluntary organisations that attended and helped out on the day.

He said: “A lot of people gave up their time and effort and contributed to a real community event.”

The society has six different sites – Vicarage Lane North and South, Wards Road North and South, Benton Road in Seven Kings and Goodmayes Lane.

Eastbury Concert Band and folk group Storm in a Teacup provided entertainment.

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