Home produced fruit and veg grown on their own doorstep

Open: Residents mark the opening of Slippy Lane allotment
Open: Residents mark the opening of Slippy Lane allotment

A NEIGHBOURHOOD now has its own allotment after residents campaigned to transform waste land.

Mixenden Community Growers sought backing for the £9,000 project at Slippy Lane.

Pennine Housing donated the strip of land and work started last September creating 15 raised beds.

Support was also given by the Community Foundation for Calderdale, North Halifax Green Action Project and Pit Stop.

Growers chairwoman Val Barker said people will be charged £10 a year for a plot and a key to access the allotment.

“It’s a chance to socialise and grow our own fruit and veg - there are no shops in Mixenden that sell that,” she said.

“We are all here to help each other and give advice.”

She said the site was overgrown with grass and rather keep cutting it back residents’ acted on a suggestion to do something positive.

The allotment was opened by Andrew Mitchell, who retired from Pennine Housing and he organised the company’s garden competition for many years.

“It’s a brilliant idea and good for Mixenden to have this facility,” he said.

“Val and others have grown food in their own gardens and are now trying to encourage others and with raised beds everybody can be included.”

Pennine has several community growing schemes through its Edible Pennine project and helped the Mixenden residents access grants.

Some of the heavy work was carried out by Future Jobs Fund Trainees who work with Pennine on such schemes in Siddal, Northowram and Halifax.

An Edible Pennine Roadshow will tour the district in April offering advice to its tenants on growing potatoes - last year it was tomatoes.Home