Volunteers needed at village allotment in Stanton Hill

Kevin Ball in the Stanton Hill allotment for which he is looking for volunteers to get the community garden up and running.
Kevin Ball in the Stanton Hill allotment for which he is looking for volunteers to get the community garden up and running.

THE team behind an allotment project in Stanton Hill is on the look-out for volunteers to help create something for the community to enjoy.

Volunteers have already done some of the groundwork at Rainbow Gardens, which is off Cross Row, and they have also planted runner beans, cabbages, carrots and much more.

Now volunteers are needed to help continue the work and maintain the allotment so that the whole village can benefit from it.

Kevin Ball, who is a volunteer gardener and treasurer of the group, said: “It was set up for youngsters from the age of five up to 21.

“The idea is for schools to get involved. Youngsters can grow food and take it back to cook it.

“The senior school students can come and test the soil.”

Kevin also runs a club for children, the Rainbow Gardens Junior Club, which currently has 21 members.

The allotment, which has been running for just under two years, is designed to be accessible to everyone and has raised beds and wide pathways for people with disabilities.

Kevin also hopes the allotment will become self-sufficient and provide a welcome boost for High Street shops in the village.

“The vegetables will be sold locally,” he says.

“All the shops want to sell the produce.”

Kevin is also appealing for firms in the area to donate any spare sand, slabs and any other building materials they may have.

The project has already received much-needed fencing from Nottingham-based firm Gibbs and Dandy.