Area’s allotment revolution grows

Opening of the new Cemetery Fields Allotment, Sowerby Bridge
Opening of the new Cemetery Fields Allotment, Sowerby Bridge

Support is growing for Calderdale’s allotment revolution with the opening of nearly 40 plots in the district over the weekend.

The Deputy Mayor, Coun Lisa Lambert (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden), was on hand to unveil the plots which are on two different sites - the Doctor Hill Allotments, Huddersfield Road, Halifax, and the Cemetery Fields Allotments, Cemetery Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

The £52,000 project as been funded by Calderdale Council and is part of the authorities drive to reduce the waiting lists for allotments in the district, said Pam Smithies, who has responsibility for the managements of allotments in Calderdale. All 24 plots at Cemetery Fields have already been snapped up and there is now a waiting list, while there are only a few spaces available at Doctor Hill.

Coun Lambert thanked Jenny Noble, secretary of Cemetery Fields Allotment Association, and Rod Mellor, chairman of Calderdale Allotments and Leisure Gardeners Federation, for driving the year-lomg project forward.

“This is a lovely area for the community. Part of the objective is to get more people active and enjoying the outdoors,” she said.

“We also want to promote healthy eating and growing your own food. This is a fantastic thing that parents can do with their children.”

Coun Lambert said that Calderdale Council now has 36 allotments, with 700 pitches.

Mr Mellor said: “I feel elated. I’m very pleased that all plots at Cemetery Fields are taken and they have even started a waiting list. It’s a self-managed site which means it will be kept up to spec.”

Mr Mellor thanked the police, especially Insp Colin Skeath, for donating confiscated growing equipment through the Proceeds of Crime initiative.

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