Event celebrates community allotment project’s first bumper harvest
A SPECIAL celebration has been held to mark the first batch of tasty treats grown at a community allotment project in Stafford.
The event brought local residents together to share the glorious gardening and vibrant veg nurtured in the first growing season at the Meadow Road Community Allotments, which were officially opened in April.
Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has co-ordinated the scheme in partnership with Stafford Borough Council’s ‘Family Grow’ programme which is encouraging more people to take up their own allotment plots.
The project saw an area of SARH land that had been unused for 30 years, turned into a mixture of community and family allotments.
“It was great to see so many people enjoying the allotments which have been a real success in the local community,” said Christine Cartwright, Community Involvement Officer for SARH.
Allotment holders prepared a buffet for everyone including homemade quiche and cakes.
There was also a vegetable competition with categories including largest vegetable, most unusual type of vegetable, weirdest shaped vegetable and best veggie basket, with certificates awarded by the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Angela Loughran.
All six veggie baskets entered were donated to the charity House of Bread, which offers home-cooked meals for homeless and vulnerable people in Stafford and the surrounding area.
Chase Aqua Rural Enterprise, which aims to promote rural activities and education, also held a scarecrow making workshop and staff from B&Q Meir Park were on hand to teach people how to create their own wooden magazine racks.
B&Q also donated £100 in vouchers as a prize for winners in the vegetable competition.
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