Residents of Whitefield Court in Essex were keen to improve the gardening and growing facilities on their allotment site. Following a number of consultation facilitated by Groundwork a consensus emerged that raised beds would be an excellent addition to the allotment site particularly as many of the enthusiastic gardening residents were getting older and finding the constant bending and kneeling too difficult.
A plan was drawn up by Groundwork which included an improved pathway from the allotment gate to and around the proposed raised beds.
The first task was to clear the area and cut back the overgrown weeds. This was done using a Groundworks 'Green Team' (Made up of young people not in employment, education or training) spent a day preparing the allotment site for the contract team from SR Swift Landscapes to construct the paths and build the raised beds. They completed the task in approximately three days with materials provided at a discount from Travis Perkins.
A previous gardening group at the scheme had started to dwindle over recent years and the improvement of the allotment aims to be a catalyst for renewed participation and interest among residents in gardening and growing activities.
Robert Johnstone, Resident and Gardener said: “I love it, it is the right height and I had enormous amount of beans this year growing them in the raised beds. No bending down it is wonderful.”