The Number One Allotment project was started in 2004 as a charitable activity within the Chiswick Horticultural Society.
Towards the end of 2010, the volunteers working on the allotment decided that an independent charity, established specifically to manage the project, would provide a more responsive service for the clients.
Accordingly, the Number One Allotment Chiswick Trust (NOACT) was inaugurated on 10th December 2010 with a constitution based on the Charity Commission’s recommended format for small charities.
John Hole - Chairman
Marilynn Moss - Secretary
Elaine Channer - Treasurer
Geoff Boswell - Project Leader
The project enables clients to:
- learn practical gardening skills and to grow their own fruit and vegetables, thereby raising their self-esteem and improving their quality of life;
- develop communication skills and to work together as a team to perform specific tasks;
- improve social skills through interaction with the volunteer gardeners and the local allotment community;
- deal with situations they find difficult or stressful so raising their self-confidence.