No garden? Share mine

VILLAGERS seeking an allotment are getting the chance to take up a patch of land free of charge in a garden-share scheme.

The Bures Transition Group aims to put people wanting to produce their own vegetables, or simply potter in a garden, in touch with others wishing to share their gardens, in return for help with its maintenance.

Ken Jackson, chairman of the group, said: “For us it is more a social thing to help the elderly, who can’t afford to pay someone to look after their gardens, but it allows willing villagers to enjoy some greenery.

So far the scheme has attracted between 15 and 20 people, but Mr Jackson said that there was more land available.

“There must be lots of people who don’t have a garden and would like a patch of land, and they might have neighbours struggling to manage theirs,” he said.

For more information about the garden scheme or to get involved, contact Mr Jackson on 01787 227860 or email kenjackson@btinternet.com.

l Sudbury Town Council is currently in talks with Sudbury Garden Centre in Newton Road, where land could be used for 120 allotments.

Jacqui Howells, deputy town clerk, said that although plans were progressing, it would be several months before anyone could take up one of the new plots.