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Excitement for gardeners as allotments take shape

November 22, 2012 News No Comments

Excitement for gardeners as allotments take shape.

New allotments in Birchill Lane, Frome, are already starting to take shape, with the basic infrastructure being put in place.

The Muriel Jones Allotments is based on a five-acre field on the outskirts of the town and will have 80 plots, 15 by five metres in size, and there are also a number of smaller plots planned.

 

Allotment Association chairman Neil Cameron said: “Were very conscious of the fact that we have more than 150 people on the waiting list.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that as many families as possible have the opportunity to grow their own food.

“We are in the process of contacting people on the waiting list and allocating the first 20 plots. By the new year we hope to have them up and running.

“In the coming weeks infrastructure work will take place, including hedging, gates and hard surfacing the car park.

The plots will be marked out and the top layer of grass will be removed with a turf cutter, so that plot holders will be able to cultivate the soil with ease.

Raised beds close to the car park area will be provided for gardeners with disabilities.

Outreach worker Steve Neal said: “The work of volunteers has always been crucial to the work of the Allotment Association and a team of members will renovate an old barn.

“The barn will serve a variety of purposes. But one of its main uses will be for a course on growing and cooking food, which the Allotment Association will develop with Frome Community Education.

“Mr Cameron said the site is so large, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

He added: “Its an exciting time for gardeners in Frome.”

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