Boroughbridge Allotment Society
The project’s aim was to provide approximately 60 allotment gardens for the people of Boroughbridge and surrounding areas at a reasonable rent, allowing access irrespective of age, gender, ethnic background or income level. The proposed site is conveniently placed on the outskirts of the town allowing access by vehicle, cycle and on foot. We actually created 75 plots in the first phase and a further 35 plots in the second phase!
The project activities included site preparation, making it suitable for allotments from being farmland. To convert the land from farmland to allotments the following was needed:
· Easy, safe site access
· Suitable, safe off-road parking
· Water supply and troughs at suitable points
· Rabbit-proof fencing around growing areas
· Haulage ways to provide easy access to allotments for all users and movement of fertilisers, equipment etc.
Why did we think that this was all worthwhile?
1. People having better chances in life .
Allotments can provide benefits to people of all ages and all walks of life:
2. Stronger communities .
Being part of the gardening community on an allotment site brings an opportunity to meet and share experiences with people from all walks of life and to learn from others and mentor newcomers. The plans include a common area for all Boroughbridge residents to enjoy open air experiences whether they have an allotment or not. The Society members will, and already do, contribute to local events.
3. Improved environment .
Allotments also provide valuable havens for a variety of plants and wildlife by providing a natural environment. Our allotments will be as natural as possible, and people will be encouraged to garden without using chemicals.
4. Healthier and more active people .
Tending an allotment:
· Provides regular exercise
· Occupies the mind
· Promotes a balanced, healthy diet.
· Reduces consumption of chemicals through gardening organically
The photographs above are of the Aldborough Gate Allotment site taken in April 2010
Grants Awarded By:
Boroughbridge Allotment Society - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org