We want to develop an allotment plot that can be used by all ages and abilities, building raised beds that can be accessed by wheelchair users and those with mobility issues, as well as people new to growing including young people and community groups. We plan to build 12 allotment beds, varying in height, surrounded by flat paving suitable for wheelchairs. A shed will house shared tools, and the roof will be fitted with guttering and a water butt to collect rainwater. Benches will provide seating for the gardeners and other plot holders to rest and share experiences. A covered seating area will provide shelter from inclement weather as well as more extreme hot weather. Compost bins will be provided to recycle foliage, and sensory plants will be cultivated near seating areas. The project will also encourage organic growing and demonstrate different ways of creating diverse habitats.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Growing plants and working on an allotment is good for your health, but sometimes its daunting to take on a whole plot. Or even worse, when your health is deteriorating and you can't maintain a whole plot, but aren't ready to say goodbye to your allotment community. We want to make a place that bridges the gap, by providing a space that encourages social connections. Experienced plot holders can mentor and guide those new to growing, providing a space for people to learn as well as grow fresh fruit and vegetables.
Steps to get it done:
The plot is currently neglected, following the previous plot holder’s death. He was a key member of the society and inspired the idea for this project. The allotment site has a tarmacked carpark which leads up to the boundary gates and project plot, providing easy access for the project users, and during the growing season there is also a small shop, accessible toilet and water taps.
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