Thursday, June 13, 2024

Get active on the allotment


ALLOTMENT sites can provide the perfect opportunity to grow your own fruit, vegetables or flowers. Keeping an allotment is also a great way to keep active and meet people in your local community.

Whether you are looking for a new hobby, semi or fully retired, parents who are looking for something to keep busy while the kids are at school or now they have left home – renting an allotment should be high on the list.

Allotments can be rented as a whole or partial plot.

Thurrock Council manage two sites in the borough – Fobbing Road in Corringham and Giffords Cross in Stanford-le-Hope. Others are self-managed by the Thurrock Allotment Steering Group.

Cllr Pauline Tolson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “I have had a plot since my children were little. Tending to an allotment is a great way to get physical and mental stimulation.

“My children loved getting involved with digging up potatoes or growing pumpkins, it was educational as well as fun.”

Peter Randall (pictured), Chairman of the Billet Lane Association, said: “I attribute my longevity to keeping active on the allotment. We welcome new members of all ages.

“We have plots available to rent at our site so if you fancy seeing whether or not you are green fingered, please get in touch.”

Pictured: Peter Randall, Cllr Pauline Tolson and Alan Foord

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