Village allotment grows on residents

Suffolk Housing has donated �1,000 to a community allotment project in Glemsford as well as renting three plots for nearby tenants to tend to. ANL-150630-153037001
Suffolk Housing has donated �1,000 to a community allotment project in Glemsford as well as renting three plots for nearby tenants to tend to. ANL-150630-153037001

A housing association has lent its support to a new community allotment in Shepherds Lane, Glemsford.

Glemsford Parish Council has been given £1,000 by Suffolk Housing towards a compostable toilet and water facilities at the 53-plot allotment which opened earlier this year.

The parish council funded a container so allotment holders can securely store their tools, and it hopes to install the composting toilet and water facilities in the near future.

The project has been driven by Glemsford parish councillor Adrian Southgate following a donation from Glemsford’s Suffolk county councillor Richard Kemp.

Cllr Southgate said: “It’s great to see so many people of different ages making the most of the allotment and we would like to say thank you to Suffolk Housing for the donation.”

Martin Barnes-Smith, Suffolk Housing community development manager said: “We are really pleased to be working with Glemsford Parish Council on this exciting project.

“The allotments have proved extremely popular since they were launched, with people snapping up the plots within a matter of days, and we are delighted we have been able to rent three for our nearby tenants to manage.

“Not only are they helping to develop a strong sense of community, but are also giving children on the estate the chance to learn more about growing, cooking and eating fresh produce.

“The allotments are a real asset to the village and we hope they continue to bring enjoyment over the coming months and years,” he added.