The summer may be over but down on the allotment there’s still plenty to enjoy and celebrate as the harvest is safely gathered in for another year.
As fruit and vegetable prices rise and people grow more concerned about pesticides, where their food comes from and how far it has to travel to reach their plate, many in the upper Calder Valley are plotting a “grow your own” policy.
The Steepfields Allotments and Leisure Gardens Society held its annual harvest festival where allotment holders and residents took part in a hands-on session on the plots followed by a celebration event of a another successful harvest.
The harvest festival event started with a practical session on the community plot, removing an old dilapidated shed and clearing rubbish and overgrowth ready for a new shed which will be built this autumn with funds from a Calderdale Council grant.
The community plot already has a polytunnel funded by Hebden Royd Town Council and some raised beds are planned for the next stage of this ongoing project.
Following the hard work on the community plot in the morning, the group moved to the Nutclough Tavern where they enjoyed a hearty homemade harvest festival lunch including produce from the allotments, and the judging of the competition entries, with categories including vegetable platters, bouquets of herbs, cakes, jams and chutneys.
For more information about the Steepfields society, email firstname.lastname@example.org.