A Community Co-operative who have developed allotments at Lyewater, shared their future plans for the adjoining land with visitors at a recent open day. Over the past eight to nine years, the group of local residents have been busy clearing the blackthorn bushes to establish a number of allotments and a private nature reserve, which is now registered. Group members showed visitors around the site, which despite being near a main road, is surprisingly quiet and peaceful, providing a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife and attracting all kinds of birds to the stream at the bottom of the plot.
A fun quiz about the bees in the hives, kept children busy while their parents found out more about the group’s plans to create a natural pond and play area, make the land easier to walk around, build a community hut and mud kitchen, develop a community orchard and provide more allotments. Chairperson Julie Yates said: “We still have a long way to go and need to raise funds to develop the other half and secure the site for the community by purchasing it from the owner, who has kindly leased it to us. We have been working hard developing the site as an area in the town that the whole community can enjoy. We have been supported by many local people but welcome wider coverage to help raise awareness of this community project.” Allotment holders have already pledged money towards the community project and the group are interested in applying for match funding awards, within the site’s criteria and benefits to public health, community grants and would be pleased to hear from local businesses or organisations who may be able to provide sponsorship. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org