Disused space transformed into disability-friendly allotments for community groups

People, Health and Care
15:57, Wednesday, 15th May 2024

An area of overgrown and unused allotment land off Somervell Road in Scunthorpe is now a dedicated agricultural and learning space.

The raised beds, planting scheme, workspace and learning spaces have been specially designed to make them accessible and inclusive to people of all abilities.

The allotment is being used to cultivate fruit, vegetable, herbs and trees, and also include a sensory garden.

The area features themes around pollination, composting, soil treatments and water harvesting.

There is an indoor learning space, and plans are in place to add solar energy to the site.

The land also includes a tree nursery to grow ‘whips’ – young trees – until they are more mature and suitable for planting across the area, helping fulfil the council’s pledge to plant half a million new trees.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for environment, said: “This is a wonderful facility, and an incredible transformation that will benefit so many people across the region – we are already getting enquiries from local community groups and colleges.

“It is also a great example of what we can achieve when we co-operate, both within the council, and with the wider community. Many local businesses supported us with the development, with everything from reduced material costs, ingenious designs and donations.

“It is a credit to everyone involved that in less than a year we have created something that will benefit people for a long time to come.”

Pictured: Council staff with allotment users and supporters – including council leader Rob Waltham, Cllr John Davison and Scunthorpe MP Holly-Mumby Croft, at the official launch of the community allotment