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Allotment charity spreading the word for volunteers during Recycle Week

27 September 2017
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Hope Community Allotment in Shiregreen, which is supported by Sanctuary Housing, is spreading the word about renewable resources to mark Recycle Week 2017.

Recycling through on-site wormery

The charity offers peaceful community plots for residents to maintain and supports recycling through an on-site wormery, which was funded by Sanctuary. The facility uses worms to produce all-natural, cost-effective fertiliser for the fruit and vegetables growing on the plots, all made from organic waste that the volunteers and allotment-users feed into the wormery. Bulkier plant waste is also transformed into organic compost at the project.

Looking for enthusiastic volunteers

Staff at the allotments are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help make use of the wormery, teaching local residents about the important role of worms in renewing soil, as well as working with the users to develop their gardening skills and improve their self-confidence.

“Invaluable place”

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “Recycle Week is giving us a great opportunity to promote the fantastic work done by Hope Community Allotment in using renewable resources. The charity offers an invaluable place for people across the neighbourhood to meet new people, as well as to pick up gardening hints and tips.”

Residents working on the allotments

“We welcome everyone along”

Hope Community Allotment’s treasurer, Sheena Clarke, added: “The wormery has given us a wonderful resource to produce our own fertiliser, as well as a tool to teach our allotment-users further gardening skills.

“I’m hoping that Recycle Week will give anyone interested in gardening a boost to come and volunteer with us. An added bonus is that we share what we grow so volunteers have access to healthy produce. We welcome everyone along, including those who may be experiencing social barriers, to meet our friendly team.”

Come and join in

Dedicated allotment sessions take place at Hope Community Allotment every Monday and Thursday from 9.30am -1.30pm, Wednesdays from 10.30am - 2pm and Saturdays from 10am - 1pm. The sessions cost £1 to join in. If you are interested in volunteering at the allotments, please call 0114 244 3357.

Recycling Week

Recycle Week runs from 25 September – 1 October 2017 and is a celebration of recycling, with this year’s theme being ‘Recycling – It’s Worth It!’. The aim is to encourage the public to recycle more.

This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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