By Connie Osborne Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 10:05
BUDDING gardeners welcomed Alvechurch’s newest allotments this week.
The 40-plot site on Old Rectory Lane was officially opened after Alvechurch Parish Council struck a minimum ten year deal with landowner John Fallon.
The village lost its last set of allotments years ago but a rise in people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables prompted calls for a new site.
The allotments were funded largely by the parish council but additional support was given by Bromsgrove District Council and Worcestershire county councillor June Griffiths.
More than 60 people were on a waiting list to become a plotholder meaning residents had to be chosen by having their names picked at random.
Since the spring all the gardeners have been planting for the summer opening where Philip Aubury, former director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, cut the ribbon to formally open the site.
An Allotments Association has now been formed to offer help and support to plot holders, while annual running costs will be paid for by plot rental charges.
Chairman Tony Ellis said: “It’s amazing how much the plotholders have achieved in such a short space of time. A real community spirit is developing on the site.”
Andy Humphries, Alvechurch Parish Council chairman, added: “This is just the sort of scheme that shows how valuable parish councils can be in understanding and meeting the needs of their local community.”
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