It’s National Allotments Week and we are celebrating with a reflection on some scenes which we rooted out of the Sunderland Echo archives.
Giant pumpkins in Shields Road, a barbecue at a community allotment, and the official opening of a new site at Marley Pots. We have it all.
So if you are planning to celebrate our great allotments, why not start by browsing through our retro selection. It might just sow the seeds of some great memories.
1. Giant pumpkins in Fulwell
Now that's what we call a pumpkin! Members of the Wearside Small Holders at the Shields Road Allotments, Fulwell, Sunderland with their giant pumpkins 8 years ago. Left to right are George Brown, Libby Havelock, Michael Havelock, Jack Hornsey, Malcolm Hornsey, Harry Hornsey and Ian Hornsey.
Photo: Picture by Kevin Brady
2. Happy times for Hudson Road School pupils
Pupils from Hudson Road School tucked into burgers during a barbecue at Sunderland Community Allotment in 2010. Recognise anyone?
Photo: Picture by Angela Burn
3. Retro at Red Machine Allotment
Gardeners from the Red Machine Allotment site received a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery in 2018. Pictured were Tim Wright, Charlie Horton, Bob Redpath and Marina Birkelbach.
Photo: Tom Banks
4. Marley Pots in 2012
The official opening of the Groundwork North East Community Allotment Project at Summerball Allotments, Marley Potts 10 years ago.
Photo: Pictre by Peter Berry