First new Rotherham allotments in 30 years officially opened

Published Tuesday, 22nd March 2016
New Rotherham allotment opened
Allotment holders and friends at the opening of the new St. Leonards Road site

The first community allotments to be created in Rotherham in 30 years have officially opened.

The new allotments on St. Leonards Road have been transformed into plots for people to grow their own food.

The development sees 14 plots with paths and a small car park set within 1.1 acres. Each plot also has its own shed.

Allotment spaces have been let to people who were previously tenants of Eldon Road allotments which were closed to allow a new primary school to be built.

Growers include members of the United Multi Cultural Centre as well as new allotment gardeners from the local area. Allotment holders will grow fruit and vegetables for their own tables.

Parveen Qureshi, of the United Multi Cultural Centre, said: "This is a great space for people within the local area. We are all really looking forward to the coming season, growing produce and getting together with the community."

The new site was officially opened by Rotherham Council’s Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood working and Cultural Services, with Rotherham East ward member Cllr Tajamal Khan.

Also in attendance were tenants of the new allotments site, representatives of the Rotherham and District Allotment Association and the Green Spaces Allotments team.

The Allotment Association's Al Dean said: "The site will prove to be a great asset to the local Community and we trust it will be a forerunner to the further promotion of allotments in the Rotherham area."

Cllr Yasseen said: "Already these allotments are proving extremely popular. Tenants will soon be planting potatoes, onions, carrots, beans, courgettes and a lot more.

"It is something that this area really wanted - a disused piece of land is now being put into productive use and bringing the community together.

"Some plot holders have never had the opportunity to grow their own produce and flowers as they don’t have access to proper space at home.

"Allotments are a great way to keep active, enjoy the social aspects of working alongside other gardeners and provide fresh, healthy produce for the table."

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