Gardeners at an allotment plot in Golborne are taking their eco-credentials to another level, thanks to an injection of funding.
Golborne Allotment Association plan to become even more sustainable and improve current facilities at the Rivington Avenue site after receiving a £500 grant from local housebuilder, Redrow.
The cash will help the green fingered group install a rainfall collection system and to re-skin a polytunnel.
Philip Holland, treasurer for Golborne Allotment Association, explained: “The communal polytunnel, which is like a greenhouse except it has a polythene membrane over the top, has needed replacing for a while but the pandemic meant that money couldn’t be raised to pay for it themselves.
“We normally have an annual plant sale to raise money however Covid-19 put a stop to that.
“The rainfall system will help us to catch water that lands on one side of the polytunnel so we can cut down on our water bills and become self-sufficient,”
“We are very environmentally aware, and this has been something we’ve wanted to do for a while.”
About Golborne Allotment Association
Golborne Allotment Association has been around for 52 years and currently has 16 members aged from their mid-thirties all the way up to 80 years old.
Philip said: “Not only are allotments a great social opportunity, nothing tastes better than homegrown stuff.
“It’s also great exercise and sometimes members come down for a chat rather than always gardening, so I’d say there’s huge mental health benefits too.”
Philip’s top tip for anyone thinking of having a go at growing produce is to start small. Find a small plot of land or even use containers and start with simple things such as salad items like lettuces, radishes , spring onions and herbs and go from there.
About the Redrow Community Grant
Linked to its Oakwood Fields development in Lowton, Redrow gifted six local community groups and good causes £500 each. Also amongst them was St Mary’s Community Hall, on Newton Road, which used its cash injection to upgrade its kitchen facilities, benefitting the many community groups who meet there.
The community grants are in addition to more than £400,000 of contributions Redrow is providing to the local community as part of the planning process. In all, more than £175,000 is going to local schools, £130,000 to local play areas and £110,000 to Pennington Flash Country Park to improve the area for new and existing residents.
Sian Pitt, sales director for Redrow Lancashire said: “The social and mental health benefits of having an allotment were one of the reasons we chose to support Golborne Allotments. We also liked that they give back to the wider community by donating produce to local charities such as Compassion in Action, who help those experiencing financial difficulties.”
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