10 August 2018
Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Rob Waltham, was given a guided tour of one of Scunthorpe’s popular Allotment sites on Healey Road.
Maureen Williams, chair of Healey Road allotments invited the leader to look round the allotments as part of National Allotment Awareness Week next week. Maureen explained what is grown and how it is cultivated, the many benefits of renting an allotment and how they compost on site.
The allotments received a £7,000 National Lottery Grant some years ago to provide a composting toilet. There is also a porta cabin used for meetings, a secure lock-up and an orchard. The allotments are popular with small children wanting to learn about wildlife and nature, Healey Road Education and Wildlife Centre have set up adjacent to the allotments and the pond is already in place.
North Lincolnshire Council owns and manages 427 allotments at five sites in Scunthorpe:
- Buckingham Avenue
- Bodmin Road
- Healey Road
- Somervell Road
- Bottesford Lane (Wheatfields)
While Healey Road allotments are full, there are still vacancies at Bottesford Lane, Wheatfields Allotment site. Rent starts at £17.50 a year for half a plot to £35 a year for a full plot. You can apply online.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Allotments provide a whole range of fantastic benefits – they keep you active, prevent people from being lonely, and generally promote a healthy lifestyle.
“Most of our plots are currently full. In fact we have waiting lists from people eager to rent a plot, so it just shows how popular they have become. Many people want to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great way to contribute to that. I’m really impressed with Healey Road allotments – they cater for people of all ages and this is to be applauded.”
Maureen Williams, chair of Healey Road Allotments, said:
“I and my husband are both retired so looking after the allotment gives us great pleasure and is a wonderful way to keep fit. It is so enjoyable, especially at this time of the year.
“It is good to see your hard work grow literally! It is so satisfying. You are eating healthy, getting regular exercise and fresh air, and meeting people – what more could you want? I’d recommend it to anyone.”