Allotment holders dig deep to revamp old site

Community allotments have recieved funding to buy a brand new shed, pictured cutting the ribbon is Joyce Bosnjak with Coun Parry Tsimbiridis and Andy Charles of the Northfield Allotment Association, children Nathan Clements, seven and Luke Clements, five with David, Michael, Jamie, Troy and Rob of Mansfield Woodhouse Metropolitan support Group
Community allotments have recieved funding to buy a brand new shed, pictured cutting the ribbon is Joyce Bosnjak with Coun Parry Tsimbiridis and Andy Charles of the Northfield Allotment Association, children Nathan Clements, seven and Luke Clements, five with David, Michael, Jamie, Troy and Rob of Mansfield Woodhouse Metropolitan support Group
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Green-fingered folk in Mansfield Woodhouse say a ‘fantastic community spirit’ has helped bring an old allotment site back into use.

The area of land off Northfield Avenue has largely been unused in recent years, but a determined group has now rolled up their sleeves and dug deep to make many of the old plots habitable again.

And to mark their progress, a new shed has been donated, courtesy of Coun Joyce Bosnjak, which will be used by the Metropolitan Support Group who work with youngsters with disabilities.

Plot holder Andy Charles said: “It’s protected allotment land, and there was concern with the way it was going, so we got together and decided we needed to do something about it.

“It’s been a challenging learning curve to get the allotments reinstated but its helped create a fantastic community spirit and it’s been great to be part of that.

“There’s been about three plots in use over the years but now we have about 14.

“At the moment we are still looking at expanding further.

With funding recently secured from Nottinghamshire County Council, and potentially a match-funding grant coming from the National Lottery’s Awards For All, they are looking to not only put the land back into use, but have visions of developing the site.

The group have discussed creating a community plot, car parking and have a communal toilet built on the site.

“There are big plans for Northfield allotments,” added Andy.

“Its early days for us, we are just getting established and there’s still got a long way to go, but there’s a lot of people getting interested. It’s amazing to see so many people getting involved.”

Anyone interested in a plot can email northfield.allotment@hotmail.com