New Allotment Delights Adults with Learning Disabilities

A group of 34 adults who are part of the Diagrama Foundation Supported Living Service in Bromley are thrilled to have secured an allotment in Orpington.

The allotment in Orpington will benefit 34 adults with learning disabilities who are part of  Diagrama Foundation’s  Supported Living Service in Bromley.

It is well documented that allotments not only bring people together to reduce loneliness but offer many other benefits including growing and cooking  fresh fruit and vegetables and  increased physical exercise and fresh air improving wellbeing. The many benefits of having an allotment will be celebrated between 8 -14 August during  Allotment Week.

Marina Rubio, Manager of Diagrama Foundation’s  Supported Living Service, said, “Everyone is delighted that we finally have our own allotment where everyone from our Supported Living service can come together to grow flowers and vegetables and socialise. The allotment is perfectly located close to car parking and disabled toilets facilities so we couldn’t be more pleased.  We are really looking forward to meeting our neighbours on the  other allotments and joining in the regular events which they hold on site. Fortunately, one of the allotment holders has already offered her help to get us on the right path so that we can have an allotment that we are very proud of. We have a few tools, but we are hoping that the local community will help by donating additional gardening tools, chairs, seeds, or plants.”

To find out more about Diagrama Foundation’s Supported Living Service visit and to offer resources for the allotment please email


About Allotments

Allotments are measured in ‘rods’ or ‘poles’ in the UK, a measurement derived from Anglo-Saxon farming practice. They’re both the same, and one rod or pole equals around 25 square metres. Allotments typically measure 10 rods but can be subdivided into smaller plots.

The average waiting time for an allotment is six to eighteen months and there are approximately 330,000 allotments in the UK.

National Allotments week is  8 -14 August 2022

About Diagrama Foundation

Diagrama Foundation is a Kent based charity that supports vulnerable children, young people, and adults to live their best life.

Diagrama has a Supported Living Service across Bromley, three homes for adults with learning disabilities in Orpington, a 50-bed care home for the elderly with nursing and dementia needs in Essex, and a fostering and adoption service covering the southeast.

  • The Supported Living Service, cares for 34 adults with learning disabilities, in nine homes across Bromley helping them to develop skills and confidence to live in their own house either on their own or with others.
  • At Cabrini House in Orpington the charity promotes the development of core skills for adults with learning disabilities so that they can lead independent lives integrated within their community.
  • The team at their nursing and dementia care home Edensor in Clacton on Sea, support their vulnerable residents to live life to the full.
  • Diagrama’s adoption and fostering service cares for children in South London, Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, and Surrey.

Many vulnerable children and adults don’t get the support they need to develop their true potential, but the Diagrama team know that when someone has time and belief invested in  them, they come alive, because that investment has made them feel valued and worthy.