Red Machine Allotment Association is a collection of 97 plots located behind Shrewsbury Crescent and off Ettrick Grove within the City of Sunderland.
The Association has self managed the allotment site on behalf of the landlord, Sunderland City Council since 1999. It is a constituted voluntary group and has a Committee of eight plot holders voted by their peers at an annual general meeting. The Committee meets monthly.
As part of the self-management agreement, the Association seeks to improve and maintain site infrastructure including internal fencing, roadways, storage containers and a community garden.
The Wild Patch community garden provides an opportunity for local groups to become engaged in gardening and wild life via cultivating a raised bed, maintaining the pond and the garden and learning new skills. Organisations currently involved include, The Link School at Springwell Dene, University of the Third Age. West Clean and Green Project and The Forage Project.
The Association is committed to being open to all although a waiting list is in operation with a 12-18 month wait being average.