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Open day marks official opening of community allotment project

A community project encouraging people to grow their own fruit and vegetables will be officially opened in Stafford this weekend.

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is holding a special open day to unveil the new Community Allotment Project, on Meadow Road, in Silkmore, on Saturday, April 13 from 10am until noon.

The Mayor of Stafford Councillor Bryan Cross and SARH Chief Executive Karen Armitage will unveil a sign, which children from a local youth group helped to design, to officially open the allotments.

The event is open to everyone from the local community and there will be activities for all ages to get involved with including bird box making 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 will be on show at the open day and representatives from SARH and SBC will be 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 christine.cartwright@sarh.co.uk or Amanda Knight, SBC Community Safety Co-ordinator, on 01785 619417 or email aknight@staffordbc.gov.uk.

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