Katheryn Hope, the Activity and Volunteer Coordinator at Seachange started a community allotment in Budleigh Salterton to promote healthy activity, fresh air, and social connections among the members of the community. The allotment not only provides a space for growing fresh produce but also helps those who feel isolated to meet new people and contribute to FoodShare.
Initially, there were only a few volunteers, but over time, the allotment became a sociable, inclusive, and welcoming space to plant and cultivate fruits and vegetables. The team of volunteers has grown to more than ten people who work together to clear the ground, prepare for planting, and maintain the allotment. They have laid a patio area for seating and a table where volunteers can sit and socialise between tasks. They have also put in raised beds from recycled pallets, allowing those who are less mobile to participate in growing fresh produce.
Recently, the council offered them a much larger plot right next door to their existing one. This new plot will allow them to grow larger crops and donate more to the community. The team is currently focused on clearing the new plot by digging, weeding, clearing unwanted rubbish, and painting their new shed with wood preservatives.
The community allotment welcomes people of all ages and experience levels. If you're waiting for an allotment or find it has become too much to look after an allotment on your own, come and join the community allotment. You will not only learn about growing fresh organic produce but also connect with like-minded people who share a love for nature and the outdoors.
In conclusion, the community allotment is a great way to get started on your gardening journey or to connect with nature and people. It's a space where you can learn, share, and grow together. So why not join the community allotment and experience the benefits of growing your fresh organic produce?
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