Growing their own food in community

Rotherham allotment
Rotherham allotment
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The first community allotments to be created in Rotherham in over 30 years have officially opened.

14 plots, each with their own shed, have been created at a site on St Leonards Road, to enable people to grow their own food.

Nik Brear

Nik Brear

The allotment spaces were officially opened by Rotherham Council’s Coun Taiba Yasseen, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood working and Cultural Services.

Coun Yasseen said: “Already these allotments are proving extremely popular. Tenants will soon be planting potatoes, onions, carrots, beans, courgettes and a lot more.

“It is something that this area really wanted - a disused piece of land is now being put into productive use and bringing the community together.

“Some plot holders have never had the opportunity to grow their own produce and flowers as they don’t have access to proper space at home.

“Allotments are a great way to keep active, enjoy the social aspects of working alongside other gardeners and provide fresh, healthy produce for the table.”

The Allotment Association’s Al Dean said: “The site will prove to be a great asset to the local community and we trust it will be a forerunner to the further promotion of allotments in the Rotherham area.”

Visit www.rotherham.gov.uk/leisure to find an allotment near or call 01709 822453.