Allotment will be star of ‘year in a life’ blog

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A NEW blog that will follow ‘a year in the life’ of a community allotment has launched in Sheffield

Sheffield writer Gareth Pert started his online blog after joining the ‘Hillside Harvest’ group last year and being impressed with its community spirit.

“I love vegetables and I like meeting new people so it seemed like an interesting venture,” said Gareth.

“Hillside is a really positive example of how communities are coming together to help each other and themselves, which I think is particularly important in times of such austerity.”

‘Lotti,’ as the allotment is affectionately known by members, has been located just off Rivelin Valley Road in Sheffield since 2009.

The ‘Hillside Harvest’ group is hoping the blog will help to promote the good work being done at allotments, including building a lower carbon lifestyle and reducing local dependence on imported food. It hopes to focus on a more sustainable model of local food production and self reliance.

“It could have been really overwhelming starting out on something like this, but there’s a great sense of camaraderie at Hillside,” said Gareth.

“I thought it would be interesting to share my experiences, and those of the other members, with the wider community.”

Gareth is also interested in visiting other community activities and promoting them on his blog too.

“I’d like to give like-minded projects the opportunity to ‘guest spot’ on the blog and receive similar attention. There are so many great groups and organisations out there.”

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