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‘Overwhelming response’ for allotments

Red wellied feet digging the veg patch over with a garden fork. Close-up with narrow depth of field, focussed on bridge of the fork.

Red wellied feet digging the veg patch over with a garden fork. Close-up with narrow depth of field, focussed on bridge of the fork.

The new Greystone Allotments Project received an overwhelming response from Antrim residents at an Information Evening in Muckamore Community Centre last week.

Antrim Borough Council has secured funding through the CAN PEACE III Shared Space project for 60 allotments spaces on ground adjacent to Greystone Community Centre.

As part of the funding requirements, the allotments are initially to be made available to residents in the immediate area then offered to the wider Antrim area.

Each allotment holder will also be required to attend a series of short training sessions on getting the best use from the ground and engaging with their neighbours.

Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Roderick Swann, said: “We have been overwhelmed and very encouraged by the response received from residents all across the Borough for this new allotment project.

“Council have been working for a number of years on securing funding for a high quality facility and it’s wonderful to have the support of the CAN PEACE III Shared Space project.”

Cllr. Swann added: “As it is a stipulation of the funding, the allotments will first be offered to those in the immediate vicinity of the new Greystone site.

“However, having taken on board the feedback from the information evening and the strength of demand for the allotments, Council are now also exploring the possibility of an additional site.”

The Greystone Allotments should be available for planting out early autumn.

For more information on the new Greystone Allotment project, contact the Countryside Recreation Manager on 028 9446 3113 or email activeantrim@antrim.gov.uk

 

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