Community allotment is officially unveiled
A community project encouraging people to grow their own fruit and vegetables was officially opened in Stafford this weekend.
Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and Stafford Borough Council held a special open day to unveil the new Community Allotment Project, on Meadow Road, in Silkmore, on Saturday, April 13.
Meadow Road resident Maria Campbell, Mayor of Stafford Councillor Bryan Cross and SARH Head of Housing Management Chris Plant unveiled a sign, which children from a local youth group helped to design, to officially open the allotments.
The event was open to everyone and over 40 people from the local community attended the event, which included activities for all ages such as bird box making with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and bulb planting.
“The official opening of this project marks the culmination of so much hard work from the local community supported by SARH and the Borough Council,” said Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes.
“The lasting legacy of this project will be the opportunities it provides for individuals, families and community groups to improve their own health and wellbeing, which is something SARH is extremely passionate about.”
The project, led by SARH and Stafford Borough Council, has seen an area of SARH land that has been unused for 30 years, turned into a mixture of community and family allotments.
SARH has co-ordinated the project in partnership with Stafford Borough Council’s ‘Family Grow’ programme which is encouraging more people to take up their own allotment plots.
A photographic timeline of the work done was on show at the open day and representatives from SARH and SBC were on hand to answer any questions about the project.
Other partners that have supported the project include landscaping contractor Greenfingers, DLP Roofing Services and Rising Brook Baptist Church.
If you would like more information on the Meadow Road Community Allotment project, please contact Christine Cartwright, SARH Community Involvement Officer, on 0800 111 4554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Knight, SBC Community Safety Co-ordinator, on 01785 619417 or email email@example.com.