Wakefield Council opens community allotment in Agbrigg

Date: 08/06/2015

Wakefield Council has opened a new community allotment, the first of its kind in the district, which aims to promote health and bring people together.

The allotment will open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 12.30pm until 4pm, and on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm.
Groups and individuals from across the district are welcome to come to the allotment to learn skills or pass on their knowledge of growing.

The allotment in Agbrigg, Wakefield has been disused for several years – it once held 12 individual plots – but is now being restored to give people the chance to experience the joys of growing fruit, vegetable and flowers.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, at Wakefield Council, said: “This is our first community allotment and it is for everyone, so I’m encouraging individuals and groups to be part of this exciting new project.
“Gardening is known to offer many health benefits. It can boost physical fitness and taking part in a shared activity with others can support mental health and reduce social isolation.

 “There’s also a huge satisfaction in growing and eating fruit and vegetables that you’ve helped to produce.”

Teams from the Council have been working on clearing the plot, which is over 100 metres in length, and 30 metres wide. They are installing raised growing beds, as well as water and electricity to the site.

As part of the project about healthy eating in World War II, an Anderson shelter and heritage veg and flowers will be included in the allotment.

The allotment is being designed as a dementia friendly place, so people with the condition can get involved.

Charities and health organisation are also getting involved. GPs can offer an ‘exercise on prescription’ for people who want to get fit by taking outdoor exercise at the allotment, instead of going to the gym.

An official opening of the allotment will take place later in the year.

For more information about the allotment and how to get involved visit the Wakefield Wellbeing Facebook page www.facebook.com/wakefieldwellbeing  To find out about getting involved contact 01924 307348 or email healthimprovement@wakefield.gov.uk