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Tumbledown Community Grow Space

Tumbledown is owned by Weymouth Town Council for the benefit of the community. The shared vision is for it to be:

An inclusive greenspace which nurtures the life-giving environment to support community led growing, learning and well-being, now and for future generations.

Part of the Tumbledown site will be dedicated to Community Grow Spaces (CGS). These are not allotments. CGS are for community groups to have dedicated areas to grow vegetables and fruits that support the Tumbledown vision and offer vulnerable local people, or groups wishing to grow food sustainably, the chance to take advantage of this opportunity. Tumbledown staff are occasionally on site and will monitor activities; however, each Community Group is required to have their own Supervisors on site at all times. Communal gardening tools will be provided and will be accessible by groups at any time.

CGS will be available by formal agreement (please refer to Tenancy Terms and Conditions) for 12 months. We ask groups to follow the following guidance.

  1. to always respect and support other growers on site.
  2. to keep your CGS productive as a food growing plot, using organic growing methods which will avoid alterations to its surrounding landscape.
  3. to share your produce with everyone from your ‘community.’
  4. to donate 10% of your produce to the Tumbledown VegBox Scheme.
  5. to not use CGS for trading purposes nor sub-let or re-assign in part or wholly.
  6. to refrain from adding new structures without consent from WTC.
  7. to submit one month’s notice by post or email to relinquish a CGS.
  8. WTC reserve the right to remove a CGS from a group that fails to comply with our rules, or acts illegally, irresponsibly or in a discriminatory way towards fellow growers.
  9. to contact WTC regarding any further queries re: composting, pets, sheds, livestock, bonfires, bees etc. (contact details)
  10. to look after communal tools and ensure they are returned to the tool shed after use.

The fee for a CGS is £120 per year, paid in advance by invoice. An admin fee of £30 is chargeable for the setting up of your agreement. Community groups will apply by completing a pro-forma that will be scored. Every applicant will need to provide evidence of the following:

  • Governing documents
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Health & safety policy (including risk assessments for off-site working)
  • Public Liability Insurance

Applications will be scored based on your plans for the grow-space, the benefits you intend to achieve for your members and your location, where Weymouth-based applications will be prioritised. Your application will need to be endorsed by an authorised member of your Community Group.

For any further information please contact tumbledown@weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk or Cassie Hall cassiehall@weymouthtowncouncil.gov.uk