Milverton, Somerset

Water for the allotments at last!

Allotment rainwater harvesting scheme

When the land for Milverton Allotments was purchased it was just that. There was no water on the site and people were obliged to bring water with them to their allotment garden, unless they put a shed up and added a water butt. This situation continued until earlier this year.

Previously there had been several attempts at getting water to the site but all proved to be prohibitively expensive. One of the important requests from the allotment holders was always that they had provision for water so the new committee decided to take advantage of the current climate where Rainwater Harvesting was becoming popular.

In May 2021 the Parish Council and allotment holders committee, had a meeting to put into progress the Rainwater Harvesting Scheme. A couple of the committee members drew up a design and costed the project. The Parish Council gave a grant and some of the allotment holders got together a working party to prepare the 3 sites that were chose. 2 sites were not really viable land i.e. one was a small triangle, one where a plum tree had stood and had had to be felled-only one site was part of a half-plot, which had not been cultivated for a while.

The first part of the plan went well and quickly the blocks to put the tanks were installed then we hit the Summer and the working party were on holiday, we then had some delays on the delivery of the tanks which eventually arrived in March 2022.

Then the timber frames were constructed and the roofs put on, and as a very last touch some seats were added under the roofs for shelter if necessary and some shelves were installed for swaps etc.
It was all finished about a month before the Jubilee.

It is now collecting water at a great rate after a couple of months drought.

A huge vote of thanks goes to the working party and organisers of the Scheme.