Hello, my name is Louise Povey. I am a guide in Loddon District and I have been working towards my bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE).
My Duke of Edinburgh is broken down into 4 sections, Expedition, Physical, Volunteering and Skills.
There can’t be many Twyfordians practising the same skills that their great-grandparents used, but you’ll find dozens of them down at the Hurst Road Allotments. Tucked in a corner between the train station and the Twyford Brook, church records show that the land was first rented for allotment use in 1887. The landowners were from the Palmers of Sonning, and in 1913, after one particular Wade-Palmer escalated the rents, Twyford Parish Council stepped in to purchase the land and keep it as allotments for the good of the community.
I had a little nut tree
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear.
The King of Spain’s daughter
Came to visit me
All for the sake
Of my little nut tree.
This nursery rhyme is said to commemorate the visit of Katherine of Aragon to King Henry VII’s court in 1506.
I thought I could tell you a little bit about why I got my allotment…
I was in a stressful job and we were trying to start a family. After my first IVF treatment I needed to do an activity completely separate from work, I needed to be outdoors and forget about what we were going through so I got my allotment plot. In October 2009, after 6 IVF treatments I was 8 months pregnant at my allotment and crying that I couldn’t lift my potato crop because my bump was in the way!
A further child on, the love of my allotment led to a complete career change and going to college to get my RHS level 2 qualification. My allotment is a mess and unruly but it is central to my family and is enjoyed by us all now.
|Summary In April 2016 an allotment plot was planted with osiers (willow) to recreate a bed to allow first-hand experience to be gained of a once thriving village industry. The three species triandra, viminalis and hybrid red will provide willow suitable for such applications as basketwork and willow sculptures|