Community allotment launched in Cramlington

A community garden has been created to give more people a chance to enjoy gardening.

Friday, 24th July 2020, 8:00 am
Maggie Martin, Cramlington Town Council Community and Youth Manager; Adam Harvey, Administration Manager at Cramlington Town Council; NHS Locality Co-ordinator Michelle Redfearn; Sam Goodlet from Northern Butterflies; Fiona Mitford from Cramlington Cares; and Mary Duncan, from Northern Butterflies.
Maggie Martin, Cramlington Town Council Community and Youth Manager; Adam Harvey, Administration Manager at Cramlington Town Council; NHS Locality Co-ordinator Michelle Redfearn; Sam Goodlet from Northern Butterflies; Fiona Mitford from Cramlington Cares; and Mary Duncan, from Northern Butterflies.

Cramlington Town Council has teamed up with local charities to provide a community allotment.

Officials are excited at the prospect of people experiencing the health of gardening.

Maggie Martin, the council’s Community and Youth Manager, said: “It’s exciting.

"There are extensive gains from working with the community to develop the allotment.

"It will make it possible for both individuals and groups, who may not otherwise have had the opportunity, to experience the fun and health benefits it will bring as well as experience a real sense of achievement as they watch their efforts grow.”

The Lanercost Park allotment will be managed by Cramlington-based Northern Butterflies, a charity that works with people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

The plot will give them the opportunity to encourage their clients to explore their creative potential in a natural environment.

Full Food Circle are also supporting the project which fits in with their ethos of inspiring people to live healthier lifestyles and offers hand-on cooking experiences with health, nutrition and limited budgets in mind.

:Maggie added “Pardon the puns but it was fantastic to see this initiative put down roots in Cramlington last week and I can’t wait to see the fruits of their success in the future.”