Number One Allotment
Number One Allotment is a safe place where people with learning disabilities can grow vegetables, fruit and flowers with the help of experienced gardeners.
Number One Allotment is an organic gardening project for adults with learning and physical disabilities living in the London Borough of Hounslow. Clients are able to learn gardening skills and grow fresh fruit and vegetables for themselves and their families, thereby gaining self-confidence and a sense of achievement.
The project is based at the Duke's Meadows Allotments, a large open site close to Chiswick House and the River Thames, where the gardening team cultivate several adjacent plots. The project is organised by the Number One Allotment Chiswick Trust (NOACT), a small charity formed by allotment gardeners to enable adults with learning disabilities reap the benefits of community gardening.
Volunteer gardeners work closely with all the clients helping and encouraging them to tackle the many tasks involved in growing an extensive range of allotment produce. Clients spend one day every week gardening at the allotment and enjoy being part of a friendly outdoor community. Over time, they become more sociable, more physically capable and develop a strong connection with the team.
The Trust works with carers and residential care homes in the London Borough of Hounslow to enable interested clients to join the gardening team. Where necessary, arrangements are made for a care worker to bring clients to the allotment on public transport.