Big year ahead for Hellesdon allotment holders

Just Regional
Feb 16, 2024 3 mins read

Hellesdon allotment holders are making good progress with plans for a communal hut at their Bush Road site and are looking forward to an exciting new year.
“We have raised enough to cover the cost of the structure and this has been achieved with the help of local councillor Shelagh Gurney, Hellesdon Parish Council, a donation from Kevin Cobbold and funds raised ourselves,” said Mark Vincent, chairman of the Hellesdon Allotment Holders Association (HAHA), which has over 50 members.

MAKING PLANS: Hellesdon Allotment Holders Association chairman Mark Vincent, at Bomber Command Memorial Museum in Lincolnshire

“Scott’s Sheds of Horsford have been such a great help and are going to supply us with a fully-lined hut at a very reasonable price.
“We are looking for interior furnishings and any support we may be able to get.
“What we are hoping to achieve is somewhere everyone can meet up when the weather is not so good,” he added.
The hut will include a read and return book library and a place where plot holders can purchase sundries and fertilisers.
The communal hut is one of a series of “exciting” plans, as the association looks to spread the word about the benefits of growing their own produce and get more local people involved.
“More and more people have come to realise organically-grown fruit and vegetables are beneficial for your health and working in the fresh air is good for your mental wellbeing,” said Mark.
“We want to include the residents of Hellesdon to come to our site and see the benefits of owning and working a plot.
“We will hold open days and invite schools and other groups to take the opportunity to gain experience in the advantages of growing fresh fruit and vegetables and see our community orchard and apiary along with our wildlife area.”
A “Pledge some Veg” project is being planned so plot holders with excess produce can supply the Hellesdon Community Fridge / freezers and Community Café. Other ideas in the pipeline include a tool hire scheme to help new or inexperienced plot holders, and workshops for tending crops and maintaining and repairing tools.
Mark invited anyone with unwanted equipment sitting in sheds or garages to contact him if they would like to donate.
Anyone interested in obtaining an allotment can contact Hellesdon Parish Council or for queries about HAHA contact markv6012@gmail.com

HAHA members Roger, Steven and Brian taking a well-earned break.

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