A last, in late October 2011, the Groundworks project to create their community allotment has reached a major milestone, when the plot wa officially openend by Jenny Chapman (M.P. for Darlington) accompanied by Sue Richmond (our councillor). Below is a copy of the recent press release, plus a fw photographs taken on the day.

Groundwork North East  is celebrating all the work of partners and organisations that have been involved in creating an allotment which will provide a place to grow food for a variety of groups.

The site at Bellburn Allotments, Darlington was a large overgrown and very wet area of wasteland. Now there are raised beds, composting toilet, cabin, polytunnel and paved paths.  It has been achieved with funding from Darlington PCT, Darlington Borough Council, Princes Trust, Mind and Groundwork.  The work on the site has been carried out by Kirklevington Prison, Young people on various Groundwork Programmes, Mind, volunteers and Darlington College.

Two of the young people involved (Tom and Paul) applied to the Princes Trust  as they wanted to support the development of the Allotment and were awarded £1,000 towards the cabin which will give all users a place to use.

Mind got involved  6 months ago and have developed part of the site and are growing produce this year with their users.

Nigel Potter of Groundwork said ' Its great to get to this stage and it is down to the support and efforts of a range of partners, A big thank you to them all and next year the site will be full of produce giving people the opportunity to have a go at growing food whilst enjoying being outdoors.

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