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Green Grindleford to blossom on open day

This is an archived press release

Monday 30 June 2008

30 June 2008

Green Grindleford to blossom on open day

Grindleford Allotment Association is holding an open day (Saturday July 12, 2pm-4.30pm) to show other villages how they too could sow the seeds of a successful community project.

In just two years, the association has turned a once-derelict site on the banks of the River Derwent into 24 thriving, mostly-organic allotments, used by everyone from children to 90-year-olds. Working together, the villagers have built a barbecue, a wildlife pond, dry-stone walls and a communal shed.

Founder chair of the association David Smith, who will launch the open day, said: “We hope our example will inspire other villages. It’s a beautiful addition to our amenities, giving people healthy exercise and bringing them together.”

Key to their success were grants and advice from the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund, which provided £11,000, leading to a further £5,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. More help came from Grindleford Parish Council, Grindleford Horticultural Society and the parish playing fields committee, from whom they leased the land.

Former secretary Alan Fairbrother said: “We’re happy to advise others on how to go about it and where the funds are. Help is there if you know where to find it.”

Allotment-holders will be available to show people round on the open day, and to explain how it was set up and the organisations involved.

The Peak District Sustainable Development Fund supports projects like this that promote community involvement and environmental care. Businesses or community organisations can apply. More information is available on 01629 816312 or www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/sdf

The villagers also received help for the allotments’ wildlife area from the national park’s Vision for Wildlife project and rangers.

The allotments are in the centre of the village, beside the main road (B6521), opposite Mount Pleasant Garage. They are on a number of bus routes (240, 241, 65, 214, 175) and a kilometre walk from Grindleford railway station.

Open day organisers David Smith, Alan Fairborther and Michael Wren at the allotments.

Picture shows open day organisers David Smith, Alan Fairbrother and Michael Wren at the allotments.

This is an archived press release

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