In July 2009 we were approached by Groundworks who wish to take over a part of the site for use as a Community Allotment. 


They have prepared a proposal which is reproduced below, if you have any opinions or suggestion regarding this please contact Jean or Nancy.



Community Allotment at Bellburn Allotments


The Community Allotment proposal is part of a proposed project called ‘Growing for All’ being led by Groundwork.  The ‘Growing for All’ project has three parts:

  • Create a community allotment at Bellburn Allotments
  • Secure extra funding to improve the security fencing around Bellburn Allotments
  • To recruit volunteers and support schools who have developed school allotments.

We have been discussing the idea with the committee.  Bellburn is an ideal site to develop a community allotment as it is the only site in Darlington with available land which currently isn’t being used.


The aim of a community allotment is to provide a facility for groups and individuals to grow food.  It is targeted at such groups that may have learning difficulties, people with disabilities, mental health issues, general health issues and those that wouldn’t normally get involved in growing food.


The site will be staffed and groups will only be able to attend when a member of staff from Groundwork is on site.


The aim is create a site that is accessible to a range of disabilities with the appropriate facilities.  The draft plan shows:


Raised beds, ground level beds, hard surfaced area, composting toilet, tool store, welfare cabin, polytunnel, fruit cage, fruit trees, composting area.


In addition a pond is show to address the drainage issues.


We do not envisage locking the site so the composting toilet will be available to everybody on the site to use. 


We are currently preparing a funding application and if you require anymore information please speak to a committee member or Nigel Potter at Groundwork on 01325 353791.


Note:- Maps showing the position of the proposed Community Allotment are already posted on the site Noticeboard. You can also download a pdf copy from the links below.



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