Community spirit helps transform allotment

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HARD work and community spirit has produced stunning results in transforming a former eyesore into a fully functioning, attractive allotment.

The allotment site, at Pinewood Drive in Bletchley, is almost unrecognisable from a couple of years ago.

It has been transformed by a dedicated workforce of local residents, with support from the local community mobilisers who work For MK Community Action funded through different funding streams including MKC and Parish Councils.

Now, instead of weeds and rubbish the allotment boasts flower beds, benches, Compost bin and other landscaped features as well as allotment plots.

The project also received backing from Fenny and Bletchley Town Council, local ward councillors, Milton Keynes Council, and national construction giants Carrillion.

Carillion, the preferred works contractor for Network Rail, has offered to carry out some small projects that will benefit the local community free of charge when they have ‘down’ time, while carrying out works around Bletchley Railway Station. Carillion’s work included erecting a secure fence building raised beds and a hard standing area.

They also removed tree and shrub roots and relayed paving slabs at Brora Close on the Lakes Estate and constructed a path at the community house in Duncombe Street in Central Bletchley.

Simon Rose, MKC’s Neighbourhood Engagement Officer for Bletchley, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for a national company to work in conjunction with different stakeholders to improve the local area for the benefit of the community.”

Councillor Peter Geary, the Cabinet member responsible, said: “This allotment site was completely transformed from basically a ‘no go’ area to one that people will now want to frequent and gain much pleasure from using it as an allotment – and this project shows exactly what can be achieved when people pull together.

“Residents in this area who mucked in – literally – to help can be very proud of themselves and as a council we were pleased to be able to play our part, along with the other partner organisations who helped.”

If you would like to be involved in the community allotment please contact Jo or Miriam the community mobilisers on 07738 405368.