Free Gardens

All information on this page is provided by the Trustees of the Free Gardens Charity and is not endorsed by the Parish Council

Under S. 121, Charities Act 2011, notice is given that the FREE GARDENS CHARITY proposes to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

This proposed change will permit Trustees of the Free Gardens Charity to broaden the Trustee group and allow greater input from residents and plot holders, and to bring the charity in line with the governance standards and ways of working expected by the Charity Commission. For more information, click here

Also available is the Submitted CIO Constitution

The Great Somerford Free Gardens were established in 1809 by Steven Demainbray and have a long and fascinating history.

The Parish Councillors of Great Somerford are Trustees of the Free Gardens charity (203850) which is run independently and separately from the Parish Council.

If you would like an allotment, please contact Tracy Barker (01249 721214)

Once you have visited the Free Gardens site and been offered a plot we will send you several documents to read, sign and return to the Trustees. These documents are listed below for information purposes only:

A Code of Conduct for the Free Gardens was also adopted by the Trustees in July 2021.

Please contact the Trustee listed above or Meriel Griffiths, Chair of the Trustees if you have any questions.

Agenda of Trustees Meeting


June 2023

Minutes of Trustees Meetings


March 2022 DRAFT
December 2021
September 2021
June 2021


March 2021
February 2021
January 25th 2021
January 11th 2021
November 2020
Allotment Inspection Report October 2020 (Redacted)
October 2020

September 2020
August 2020


March 2020
January 2020
November 2019
September 2019
July 2019
June 2019


March 2019
January 2019
November 2018
September 2018
June 2018
April 2018


March 2018
February 2018
January 2018