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Volunteers invited to dig up support for Sheffield allotment charity

10 August 2015
Volunteer and staff at Hope Allotments

A Shiregreen allotment charity, supported by Sanctuary Housing, is looking for local volunteers to dig deep and share their skills for National Allotments Week 2015.

Allotment volunteers

Volunteers help to maintain the plots at Hope Allotments and can offer tips and advice on growing organic fruit and veg, helping to develop the allotment users’ gardening skills and build up their self-confidence at the same time.

Sanctuary allotment funding

Funding from Sanctuary will go towards an on-site wormery, allowing staff and volunteers to educate local residents about the importance of wildlife in the garden and the role of worms in renewing soil.

Allotment placements

In addition, the leading housing provider further supported the charity by arranging placements for young volunteers from the Sheffield Wednesday FC National Citizenship programme to offer gardening assistance at the allotments.

Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, neighbourhood partnerships manager for Sanctuary, said: “One of our main aims is to support strong neighbourhood projects like Hope Allotments. The team works really hard to offer worthwhile opportunities to local residents and I would encourage anyone with ‘green fingers’ to get stuck in. This community-led programme is also a great way to meet new people and learn invaluable skills.”

Hope Community Allotments’ treasurer, Sheena Clarke, added: “We are always keen to get the local community involved in what we do at Hope Allotments. The volunteers who work here are an asset to the neighbourhood and do an amazing job of maintaining the allotments and developing their skills at the same time.

“If you have a few hours a week spare, we provide all the tools and equipment for community volunteers to come along and learn more about growing organic fruit and veg. An added bonus is that we share the produce we grow so volunteers have access to healthy fresh fruit and vegetables.”

Dedicated allotment sessions take place at Hope Allotments every Monday and Thursday from 9.30am -1.30pm and Saturdays from 10am to noon. 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 Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

National Allotments Week 2015, which is running from 10-16 August, aims to emphasise the benefits allotments bring to everyone regardless of age and encourages support so allotments remain available for future generations to enjoy.