The course is initially being offered to people who have applied for an allotment and are on the EDAA waiting list.

Get growing with us! Learn the art of allotmenteering on your very own plot at the Exmouth & District Allotments Association allotments.

This is the second year of the EDAA course and we are looking for 8 keen gardeners to join our practical and informative Allotment Course.

Successful candidates will receive regular tuition, have access to the communal polytunnel for classes and propagation, have their own mini-plot to tend, and take away home-grown harvests.

The cost of the course is a very low £50 which covers the cost of EDAA membership, tools, seeds, muck, etc. You will not have any other course expenses as all will be included.

Students will be expected to attend a couple of two-hour practical tutorials each month and commit at least a couple of hours per week to tend their plots, perhaps less at the start and end of the season and more during the summer.

The course is particularly suitable for novice growers who would value tuition and guidance. The size of the mini plots (25m²) is based on the plots at the RHS Rosemoor allotment project and Charles Dowding's small garden project. They will be weed-free and ready for you to concentrate on growing vegetables rather than first having to clear a derelict plot, although the latter task will form the basis of one of the later classes. As a novice you will be able to see, over a full growing season, the joy of allotmenteering and also the commitment needed for even a small area, helping you to decide on the size of plot you would like in the future.

You may be interested to see more information about the course we ran in 2020.

Applications for places are open until November 30th 2020 for a late February 2021 course start. Please note that places may be filled before the end of November.

To apply, please email the veg course leader stating your gardening experiences and why you would like a beginners’ vegetable plot at Exmouth Allotments (approx 20-50 words). The course will run at the Hamilton Lane site and is open to all.

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The fortnightly classes will be on Sunday mornings (10.30-12.30) and you will have access to your plots at other times.

Course members will not be offered their own plot during the course but they will maintain their position on the waiting list, gradually working their way towards the top as plots are allocated during the year.

Covid-19 We started the 2020 course in late February but soon had to move to on-line lessons which worked well. We were soon able to meet at individual time slots and the photos show the success of the harvests. We don't know what the conditions will be like in Spring 2021 but we are confident of being able to offer the course.