• The Down To Earth Project

    Reconnecting people with nature.

What is The Down to Earth Project?

Planet Health & Human Wellbeing

In short – The Down To Earth Project is a Community Allotment Garden in Derby. Jamie Starkey the founder of DTE also hosts walks, live talks and much more.

The idea developed due to the feelings of conflict and helplessness; the conflict of living in the western world today and the realisation of what a negative impact we, as humans, are having on our planet whilst not being able to resolve the issues.

Let’s be frank, we’re all aware of the current environmental crisis – from bush fires to melting ice caps, plastic pollution to soil depletion due to the mono-crop culture – all we seem to read about these days is a disaster!

So, we decided to get our positive pants on and think about what we could do. Ultimately, our aim is to reconnect people with nature as we see this as our main problem as a species.

“The Down to Earth Project was an idea grown out of and found in the back garden”

– Jamie Quince-Starkey

Taking Community Action

We’ve lost an understanding of the land, the food we eat, how it’s grown and all the natural beauty surrounding us locally, but do not fear, this is where we come in!

We believe that by giving people the confidence and tools that they need to make the small changes in their own lives, we can make a big difference; and where better to start than in the back garden?

The Down to Earth Project is about growing food, connecting with nature and the importance of community.

Become part of the DTE Community

The Down To Earth Project would love to see you get involved! Come along and join in with the gang at one of our events.

The DTE Community

Community Allotment, Walks & Live Talks

Support The Down To Earth Project’s Cause

The Down to Earth Project is a community orientated service which relies on donations, funding and the generosity of its members to run its events, meetups and rambles. Your help towards supporting DTE can go a long way. All donations received are invested directly into improving our allotment and the running of our community projects.

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The Down To Earth Project

Main Site

Ashbourne Road District Allotments Association Ltd

Mackworth Rd,


DE22 3BL