Last winter we spent some time with the allotment committee dreaming of how we could make the allotments more accessible to everyone and after much consulting with other plot holders it was decided that work to improve the communal hut was the way forward. Better steps and hand rails and a toilet were top of the wish list.
We set about applying for a Community Investment Fund (CIF) grant from Stoke on Trent Council. Our lovely Marg wrote eloquently about how the work would benefit the community while the committee gathered quotes to find out how much it would all cost. The bid was submitted and the wait to find out if we were successful began. And I’m happy to say we got the Grant!!!
On Friday the work started. Clearing a path to the back of the hut for a mini digger to start digging out the grassy area and landscaping the orchard. Unfortunately, this meant our blackberry (full of just beginning to ripen fruit), a branch of the apple tree had to go along with our fence to allow the digger to pass.
A week later after the landscaping activity, the materials to install the retaining walls, patio, additional steps and paths arrived. A team of plot holders set too to move them down to the hut where they will be put to good use!
Greening Stoke is a project run in partnership between Festival Stoke and Letting in the Light. We are based in Stoke-on-Trent.
We are started this adventure in January 2021 in the middle of a national lockdown. Gradually, as things begin to open up, close down and then open up again, Rachel and Anne abided by all the Covid-19 Government guidance, worked in a socially distanced way, to prepare and maintain Plot 33 so that they were eventually able to invite the community to work with them.
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