Woodbridge: Allotment boost for town

A GROUP of gardeners finally have a place to call their own after securing a disused patch of land in the centre of Woodbridge.

The area beside Elmhurst Park – once occupied by a nursery, but unused for the last decade – is already being brought back to life and transformed into a community allotment by the Woodbridge Growers.

Following several meetings and discussions, Woodbridge Town Council agreed to lease the old nursery to the group, which plans to use it as a demonstration fruit and vegetable garden.

Jonathan Metcalf, chair of the Woodbridge Growers, said “This is the first step in our quest to increase the allotment provision in Woodbridge.

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

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Sue Stephenson, a member of the Growers, added: “It’s just fantastic. What a wonderful site, right in the middle of town.

“We have started designing the layout and have lots of ideas already for what fruit and vegetables to plant.”

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Inspired by a desire to ‘Grow your Own’, the group was formed in Autumn 2009 with an ambition to find allotment land for local people, within or close to the Woodbridge town boundary.

Matthew Ling, the group’s vice chair, said: “ Already we have seen local businesses come forward and donate plants and other products to us.

“It has been brilliant and we are very grateful to them.

“Woodbridge Growers have also 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 Growers now hope to increase the number of allotments in Woodbridge and are still searching for an area close to the town of around two acres, in order to provide about 20 plots.

Anyone who can help the group in their search is asked to call Mr Metcalf, on 01394 380225, or secretary, Christine Adelson, on 01394 387433.

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