A Shiregreen allotment charity is giving unwanted household items a fresh lease of life for the winter planting season.
Hope Community Allotment, which offers plots for residents to maintain and grow organic produce, has received funding from Sanctuary Housing in support of its programme to create features from recycled materials.
Volunteers at the charity are using old UPVC doors to create new raised beds, with Sanctuary’s funding going towards supplies of fertiliser and other materials essential for growing organic fruit and veg.
Staff from Hope Allotments are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help put the raised beds to good use, teach gardening skills to local residents and improve their self-confidence.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “Recycling is becoming more and more important in everyday life, and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to offer support to Hope Allotments to help create these new raised beds.
“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.”
Hope Community Allotment’s chairperson, Julia Woollen, added: “The UPVC doors are proving to be an excellent addition to our garden, and they are an ideal size for our winter vegetable planting.
“I would love to see even more residents coming along to 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.”
Dedicated allotment sessions take place at Hope Community Allotment every Monday and Thursday from 9.30am to 1.30pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Sessions cost £1 and if you are interested in volunteering, call James Woollen on 07749 594566.
This project is part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.