Allotment dreams bloom for Donington people

All set for gardening: Ben Burnian and Sam Hudson (front), of The Thomas Cowley High School gardening club, with fellow allotment holders and members of Donington in Bloom. Photo: SG090211-118TW

All set for gardening: Ben Burnian and Sam Hudson (front), of The Thomas Cowley High School gardening club, with fellow allotment holders and members of Donington in Bloom. Photo: SG090211-118TW

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LONG-cherished dreams of allotment gardening have come true for Donington people now a site has been found in Church Street, next to the Ruby Hunt Centre.

The Donington in Bloom Committee is leasing one eighth of a hectare from land owners Richard and Jenny Newhouse.

Donington In Bloom chairman Liz Walker said the allotment project has been extremely fortunate because it won the last ever money given out by the Grassroots Community Foundation Project before its funding was lost to government cuts.

The £1,750 from the foundation has been spent on perimeter fencing to stop animals straying onto the allotments.

Ten allotments will be used by Donington residents - and the eleventh will be used by pupils from the Thomas Cowley High School.

The allotments have been ploughed and the land is to be levelled before gardeners can set to work at the end of this month.

The oldest allotment holder is Beulah Sturgess (80), who will share her gardening with retired friend Pam Huggett.

Another piece of land has been taken by a resident who wants to teach his children how to grow fruit and vegetables.

Mrs Walker said: “It is going to be wonderful when we get them up and going.

“Mainly they have gone to people who haven’t got large gardens.”

l Anyone interested in joining the allotment waiting list can contact Mrs Walker on 01775 822404.