Halloween Open Day
We all did a huge amount of preparation for this, especially Dominic and Fran: there were 150 pumpkins to be carved, plots to be decorated, witches caves to be built, preserves and cakes to be made, the lucky and yucky dips to assemble and lights to put up.
At 3pm, we opened our gates and it seemed that all of Ealing came to visit us, nearly 2,000 people in all.
Once through the doors there was a lot to take in - the walk itself took visitors all through the allotments and down Radbourne Walk to count the pumpkins and spot the spooky goings on. There was a friendly seed dispensing witch to visit, a zombie feeding area to avoid and graves to visit.
After the walk visitors had the chance to sit down with a cup of tea and a piece of cake or, for those in need of more sustenance, with soup or hot dogs and, for the adults, mulled wine. There were preserves to buy, a chance to try your luck at the tombola or yucky dip or even have your face painted!
More seriously there was also the chance to see the allotments that are currently under threat of development and talk to all of the plot holders about why we feel it’s so important to preserve this space for future generations.
Overall, we were overwhelmed by the support and hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. We hope to make this an annual occasion, so watch out for next year!