Support grows for bid to create a lot of allotments

GREEN-FINGERED enthusiasts have moved a step closer to increasing the number of allotments in a Suffolk market town after presenting their ideas to council bosses.

Woodbridge Growers would like to take over the disused nursery area in Elmhurst Park and create a demonstration fruit and vegetable garden.

The group – which was formed last autumn to find land to use as allotments for local people – has now presented their idea to the town council’s Amenities Committee.

Jonathan Metcalf, chairman of Woodbridge Growers, said: “This is an opportunity for the town council to show their support for increasing the allotment provision.

“It’s a wonderful chance to bring growing to the heart of Woodbridge by regenerating a disused bit of land.

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“We have been encouraged by the number of people living in the town who have given us their support. It shows a real enthusiasm by the community to get digging, growing and eating local fresh food.”

The proposal – which will be discussed at a full town council meeting in September – received considerable support from the Amenities Committee.

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Chairman Russell Geen said: “I think it is a wonderful idea. The area has been derelict for some time.

“It will have its own entrance so the growers can keep a key and look after it themselves. It will be a great asset not just for the park but for the town as a whole.”

Christine Adelson, secretary of Woodbridge Growers, said they were pleased with the response from the committee.

“If we gain permission to use the old nursery area we will be able to use it as a showcase for supporting Woodbridge in Bloom,” she said. “We hope it will also raise awareness of our aims as we are still looking for an area of around two acres in order to provide about 20 plots.”

If any member of the public, landowner or business is able to support the group with an offer of land close to Woodbridge contact Jonathan Metcalf on 01394 380225 or Christine Adelson on 01394 387433.

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