Grand gardening effort thanks to donation

Members of The Glapthorn Allotment and Gardeners Association at the village allotments. Picture supplied.
Members of The Glapthorn Allotment and Gardeners Association at the village allotments. Picture supplied.
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GREEN-FINGERED gardeners can grow their own veg thanks to a generous donation.

The Glapthorn Allotment and Gardeners’ Association (GAGA) received £9,999 of Lottery funding to re-establish allotments with 24 plots already established.

Land which belongs to St Leonard’s Church opposite Glapthorn Church of England Lower School has been cleared and transformed after years of neglect.

The area was allotments in the 1800s and then a Christmas tree plantation, but was abandoned and became scrubland.

One plot has gone to the school where the children are looking forward to getting stuck in.

Harrison Scott (8) said: “We have been growing a lot of plants in school and we are keen to plant them in the allotments. Lots of people have been helping us with our digging as it is quite hard work.”

Jeff Knowles, chairman of GAGA, said: “The award of a National Lottery Grant for GAGA has enabled the re establishment of church land which has been used by the village for allotments since about 1830.

“The involvement of Glapthorn School is absolutely essential for pleasure and enjoyment of this facility.

“The lottery grant was awarded in the middle of April and since that time the site has been cleared and established as allotments by the amazing endeavours of a few villagers.”