Allotment rush in Handsworth

By on 22/06/2010 in News

Two thirds of the plots at Birmingham City Council's first major allotment site for over 30 years were snapped up in a matter of hours.

And Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney expects the remainder of the 80-plot Victoria Jubilee Allotments to be fully occupied by the start of July.

The new site is located immediately to the south of Handsworth Park in the north-west corner of the new Parklands development and covers what remains of the original privately owned Victoria Jubilee Allotments. Part of an original hedgerow has been retained as a central feature.

Developer Persimmon, has constructed the site to a high specification to meet modern allotment site requirements and facilities include:

  • 80 small (200 sq yd) plots
  • 10 standpipes
  • Roads and parking
  • Fencing
  • Clubhouse offering a meeting room, stores area, kitchenette, toilets including full disabled access
  • Water and electricity

Cllr Mullaney said: “We knew the demand for these plots was extremely high and the opening day was like the first day of the January sales.

“An amazing 60 plots are already occupied and some people were preparing plots and planting crops within minutes of the site opening. That gives some idea of the excitement.

“This site will soon be fully occupied but there are vacancies on some of our other sites around the city.

 “Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a healthy, cost effective way to supplement your weekly diet and a few hours working on the allotment can also be the equivalent of a workout at the gym.”

Officers from Birmingham City Council's Allotments Team will be on hand to sign-up new tenants at the Victoria Jubilee Allotments from 6-8pm on July 1. NB only people on currently on the waiting list can sign-up at this stage.

Officers will also be able to provide practical advice for new tenants on how to get started.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Birmingham has the largest provision of allotments of any Local Authority in the UK. 115 sites, nearly 7,000 plots and over 80 Allotment Associations.

Rents range from £22 to £39 a year, depending on plot size.

If you would like more information about taking on a new allotment in your area, Tel: 0121 303 3038. We will send you details of sites in your area and contact names so that you can arrange to see available plots.

Birmingham and District Allotments Council
http://www.bdacallotments.btik.com 

The National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardens Ltd
http://www.nsalg.org.uk
For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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