A Shiregreen allotment charity is celebrating worming its way to a new natural compost maker as part of National Allotments Week 2016.
Peaceful community plots
Hope Community Allotment, a registered charity in Shiregreen which offers peaceful community plots for local residents to maintain, has benefited from a new on-site wormery thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing. The facility produces all-natural, cost-effective compost made from organic waste.
Adding a valuable boost to the community allotment, staff and volunteers use the wormery to educate local residents about the role of worms in renewing soil, as well as working with the users to help develop their gardening skills and improve their self-confidence.
Additional funding from Sanctuary this year is going towards the upgrade of raised beds at the community allotment.
Melanie King, neighbourhood partnerships manager for Sanctuary, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to support this community-led project through funding the new wormery. Hope Community Allotment offers an invaluable resource for people across the neighbourhood as a place to meet new people, as well as to pick up gardening hints and tips.”
Hope Community Allotment’s treasurer, Sheena Clarke, added: “We are always keen to get the local community involved in what we do at our project. The wormery has given us a fantastic opportunity to produce our own compost, as well as a tool to teach our allotment-users further gardening skills.
“The people who work here do an amazing job of maintaining the allotments, and I would encourage anyone who has a few hours a week spare to come along and learn more about growing organic fruit and vegetables. An added bonus is that we share what we grow so volunteers have access to healthy produce.”
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.
This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.
National Allotments Week 2016, which runs from 8-14 August, aims to emphasise the benefits allotments bring to everyone, and encourages support so allotments remain available for future generations to enjoy.