FUN DAY CELEBRATES ALLOTMENT BID SUCCESS

Residents and allotment holders in Newton have celebrated the successful award of funding from local Councillors Tom Parry and Adrian Walmsley with a special fun day event.

Plot 9B at the allotment colony at Chesterton Court, off Brook Lane in Newton, Chester has suffered neglect and an invasion of Japanese Knotweed in recent years, but plans are now underway to regenerate and transform this once abandoned plot into a community garden for everybody to enjoy.

The Brook Lane Allotment Association organised a fun day to celebrate the two Councillors contributing £900 of funding from their Member Budget Grants and showcase plans for the transformation of the plot to visitors.

Sophie Gandini, Secretary of the Brook Lane Allotment Association said: “The aspiration is to provide a community space where all can enjoy some quiet time. The planting of fruit trees and bushes together with the herb garden will attract bees and other essential pollinating insects into the garden.”

Councillor Tom Parry, who visited the allotments, said: “The fun day was a huge success – it was great to see so many enthusiastic residents and plot-holders of all ages getting involved. Work is already underway – the newly painted shed really brightens up the plot.”

Councillor Walmsley said “When Tom and I were first contacted about the plan to bring the plot back into use we both saw the potential for a fantastic community space and were delighted to be able to support it with our member budgets.”

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