Over thirty local residents, children and families were welcomed to The Park Child & Family Centre on Norfolk Grove, Church yesterday for the official opening of Adventure Hyndburn’s new Community Allotment.
Together with one of our neighbours Alan Clarke, Amelia Baron of Little Stars nursery was delighted to be invited to cut the ribbon, formally announcing the space open.
Working alongside Julie Livesey of Prospects, Adventure Hyndburn began developing ideas for the space back in Autumn 2016. With the support of a £250 Local Member Grant from former County Councillor Clare Pritchard, Adventure Hyndburn were able to get work off the ground in early 2017. Since then, a dedicated team of volunteers, led by Paul Bateson (Community Technical Instructor, Priory Healthcare), have worked incredibly hard to bring the vision to life. The team began from scratch preparing the ground before building a number of substantial raised beds suitable for a range of crops and laying a network of gravel paths.
The space has now been completely transformed into a fully accessible allotment to be enjoyed by all in the local community. It provides a warm, welcoming environment for getting to grips with food growing with huge potential for producing a whole host of fresh ingredients to inspire generations to discover the joys of good food. Adventure Hyndburn hopes that the facility will become a hub for local residents, children, families and other community groups for years to come.
Adventure Hyndburn would like to say a big thank you to all the children, families and local residents who attended and to our local councillors for your on-going support. If you'd like to make use of our community allotment or have an idea you'd like to discuss with Adventure Hyndburn please contact Sarah Beattie on 01254 387757.