F.J. Ahier Country Gardens
We have 61 allotments at the F J Ahier Country Gardens in St Lawrence on Mont Cochon. These are leased to plot holders on a yearly lease for £125 (small plot) or £230 (large plot) per year (increase with effect from January 2021). The plot holders grow a fantastic amount of produce on their plots and take pride in caring for them. There is a good sense of community at the allotments, with plot holders often helping each other out and swapping produce with one another. There are regular events held for plot holders that often feature a demonstration on growing or showing produce.
The gardens were formed in 1955 when Francis John Ahier left a bequest to the Horticultural Department and specified in his will that he wished the land to remain in horticulture and not become a building site. During 2008 when the Society celebrated its 175th anniversary, the idea of setting up allotments was mooted.
Following a meeting held on 2 July 2008, a waiting list to gauge interest was started and after much planning, the Committee decided to go ahead and the site was ready for use by the end of June 2009. Everyone was enthusiastic and started planting and sowing straight away and by October were picking their own produce. The then Lieutenant-Governor Sir Andrew & Lady Ridgway officially opened and named the gardens on 5 September 2009.
Anniversary Day, Plot, Sunflower & Mini Produce Competitions
On the first Sunday in September each year, plot holders, members and their families gather to celebrate the anniversary of the official opening of the F J Ahier Country Gardens in 2009.
This year the Anniversary Day, Plot, Sunflower and Mini Produce competitions will be held on Sunday 4th December and refreshments will be served.
At a recent Horticultural Committee Meeting it was proposed that as part of the monthly plot inspections, each plot would also be judged according to the criteria for the annual Plot Competition to encourage continuous cultivation of all the plots from March through to September. The final judging will take place at the Anniversary Day with the winners announced for each class plus the overall winner. There will also be a competition for the tallest and widest head Sun Flower and a mini produce competition that plot holders can enter their produce grown on their plot.
For further information, please contact Horticultural Secretary Rachelle on 860648 or email@example.com
All our allotments are currently allocated, but we do have a waiting list open and if you would like to place your name on the list, please contact the Horticultural Secretary Rachelle on 860648 or firstname.lastname@example.org