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Green Spaces group launches community allotments site in Holt

A COMMUNITY allotments site has been launched in response to lengthy waiting lists in Chester and Wrexham.

Green Spaces has opened a new site in Holt, a four-acre organic field by the River Dee off Francis Lane, on the border between England and Wales.

The site is for use as individual social enterprise allotments and allows plot holders to drive on to the field and park by their green space and enjoy growing fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs and even keep poultry and bees.

The site comes in response to long waiting lists in West Cheshire and Wrexham.

Sarah Tomlinson, founder of Green Spaces, said: “The sense of community among plot holders is amazing, we have families and individuals coming together enjoying the field and taking great pleasure in growing their own produce.

“Plus there is something special about popping down to the allotment with a flask of tea and having a natter, as well as the joy in seeing your first spuds sprouting.”

A spokeswoman for Cheshire West and Chester Council confirmed the number of people waiting for an allotment site in the area was 649.

This figure is down on the 2011 figure of 800 and a significant fall on 2010’s waiting list of 2,277 people, as the authority’s Growing Places scheme made it easier for allotment sites to be set up.

The allotment plots focus on using locally sourced, free products and materials for recycling.

Discarded tanks are used as water butts and have been given digestate from the anaerobic digester.

There are more than 60 allotments still available for rent and they come in three sizes, while water is provided on site.

For more, call Sarah on 07824 614001 or email [email protected].