Quintain residents celebrate National Allotment Week

Quintain Living celebrate National Allotment Week 2023 at outdoor-centred Canada Gardens Build to Rent scheme.

The allotments at Quintain Living's Canada Gardens Build to Rent development, where residents have been celebrating National Allotment Week 2023 | BTR News
The allotments at Quintain Living's Canada Gardens Build to Rent development, where residents have been celebrating National Allotment Week 2023.

Residents at Quintain’s Canada Gardens development in London have been growing their own produce in time for National Allotment Week.

The Association for Public Service Excellence reports that nearly 87% of local authorities are experiencing an increase in demand for allotments.

National Allotment Week (7 to 13 August 2023) aims to address this issue, as gaining access to an allotment – particularly in London – isn’t always easy.

Canada Garden Allotments Photo credit: Chris Winter | Quintain
Canada Garden Allotments. Photo credit: Chris Winter | Quintain

National Allotments Week 2023 is focused not just on growing produce but also on the importance of understanding the role of soil health in increasing yields and supporting biodiversity.

Tending raised growing beds such as those at Canada Gardens is one way that families can pass this hugely important knowledge down to the next generation.

“Growing your own food is a fantastic way to enjoy fresh produce at its best while reducing your carbon footprint. Little tastes better than food you’ve grown yourself and picked just minutes before eating. There’s also plenty of fun to be had pickling and preserving the fruits of your own labour as well as getting to know your neighbours better by gifting them some of your homegrown produce.”

Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living

Canada Gardens is a London-based 743-apartment Build to Rent development that incorporates outdoor living and an appreciation for nature with city life.

Ranging from studios to four-bedrooms homes, the scheme features extensive grounds dotted with BBQ areas, 18 hireable raised growing beds, work from home sheds, a pirate ship playpark and even its own clubhouse.

Since the development opened its doors in 2021, residents have grown a range of fruits, vegetables and herbs on-site.

Canada Garden Allotments. Photo credit: Chris Winter | Quintain
Canada Garden Allotments. Photo credit: Chris Winter | Quintain

All 18 raised growing beds at Canada Gardens are currently in use with a variety of salad crops and vegetables. In addition to this, residents have use of a greenhouse and tool shed.

The Canada Gardens growing beds were conceived during the design phase of the site in 2016.

Not only do residents enjoy the opportunity to grow their own food – which encourages sustainability by cutting out both food-to-table miles and packaging – but many are taking advantage of the social connections that growing food on-site provides.

Canada Garden Allotments. Photo credit: Chris Winter | Quintain
Canada Garden Allotments. Photo credit: Chris Winter | Quintain

Residents Shamir and Reschma Jetha have enjoyed using both the Quintain Living Resident App and resident events such as gardening workshops to connect with their neighbours.

“Quintain Living arranged for a local community garden manager, Jim (or ‘Jim the Farmer’ as the kids call him) to teach us how to plant everything properly. We planted lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, herbs and many more plants that day. It was nice, we were all doing it together, everyone was so kind, so dedicated. ‘Jim the Farmer’ taught us so much about plants, when to sow them and how to care for them. It’s so easy and really gives us peace of mind to care about nature. Since we started gardening in the allotments, we’ve joined a Quintain Living residents allotment WhatsApp group. We let other members of the group know when we are coming down to the allotments in case they might like to join, and we can help each other take care of the plants.”

Reschma Jetha, Resident, Quintain

Quintain’s Head of Masterplanning & Design, Julian Tollast, was heavily involved in The London National Park City campaign and was influential in the thinking behind the resident amenities.

Julian and the Quintain Living team drew upon the campaign and their own passion for allotments by providing the raised beds and a greenhouse as part of the overall podium garden design for Canada Gardens.