Easy Access Allotment plots opened by Borough Councillor Martin Cartwright

Easy Access Allotment plots opened by Borough Councillor Martin Cartwright

Desford Allotments Association (DAGA) in collaboration with Desford Parish Council recognised a need to make Allotment gardening more accessible for all and so the idea to redevelop half a standard allotment into three mini "easy access" allotments was born.

The Parish Council developed a plan for the plot taking advice from the National Allotments Association - they provided valuable information on appropriate heights for a range of disabilities – one for wheelchair users, one for ambulant gardeners and a third for gardeners who would be able to garden from a sitting position.

Three large raised planters surrounded by hardstanding based on these heights were developed. A shed with double doors (suitable for wheelchair access) was provided for storage and refuge. Finally an all-important bench was added to allow the plot holders to rest and admire all the hard work!

Desford Parish Council, funded the works with the support of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council who funded 50% of the cost via a Parish and Communities Initiative grant (PCIF).

On Wednesday the 25th of October the Parish Council were delighted to welcome Cllr Martin Cartwright Executive Member of HBBC council (rural affairs) to formally open the new plots, also in attendance was HBBC Cllr Joyce Crooks. They were joined by members of the Parish Council Allotment Working Group (Cllr Pat Crane and Cllr Colin Oakes) as well as new plot holders, Phil and Lin Taylor and Dave and Liz Snedker. Phil said "these plots are ideal we are in our 70s now a full plot is just too much but these give us an opportunity to continue to grow our own organic produce while maintaining social links with the community".

Cllr Martin Cartwright commented "I was delighted to be asked to formally open the access for all plots at the allotments and to be able to chat with the plot owners, one of whom has tendered allotment plots for over 60 years. I would like to thank Desford Parish Council and the allotment associationfor making the allotments accessible to more people by this additional initiative. I am delighted that the PCIF grant made the project possible. A reminder- the closing date for applications of new applications is January 7th 2022. Keep safe, keep healthy and enjoy the fruits of your work"

Posted: Thu, 04 Nov 2021 14:59 by Martin Broomhead

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