Volunteers give makeover to council’s allotment

20 Mar 2015

A group of 16 to 25 year old volunteers have been rolling up their sleeves, getting their hands dirty and developing their green finger skills at one of Stevenage Borough Council’s allotment plots.

The council uses the allotment to help vulnerable families in Stevenage get some fresh air, exercise and the chance to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Working there encourages the families to recognise there is no substitute for hard work, and they learn how easy it is to grown their own produce. For some residents, the experience has been a stepping stone into employment. 

A team from the Prince’s Trust Stevenage group picked the allotment as the local community project they wanted to dedicated their time and effort to, as part of their 12 week personal development project. During March, the group spent a week clearing overgrown shrubs and planting new soil ready for spring, as well as raising money to help repair the greenhouse and shed on site.

Councillor Ann Webb, Executive Member for Housing said, “The team have done a great job getting the allotment ready for spring planting. They’ve managed to achieve a lot in a week and I know our staff and the families they work with are excited to get back on the allotment and get their hands dirty planting new produce.”

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