Allotments given new lease of life thanks to offender scheme
AN allotment got a much-needed revamp thanks to offenders.
Criminals involved in the Probation Service’s Community Payback Scheme were tasked with clearing up abandoned plots run for the South Park Allotment Association.
The major problem was to clear the unloved plots which had become overgrown over the past few years.
Berni Burgon, chair of the newly formed South Park Allotment Association, praised the work of the team.
She said: “Our big thanks go to the Community Payback Team for their hard work over the weekend.
“I am really looking forward to these plots being let by Cheshire East Council so that new tenants can sprout forth and start blossoming.”
“Prospective new tenants will not now feel so daunted and discouraged by the overgrown and neglected state of some of the plots when they see them for the first time with a view to taking them over.
“The weekend blitz by the Payback Team has also given a lift to the current hard working plot holders. They will continue with their efforts to improve the site, helping to maintain it for their benefit as well as for future tenants.”
Macclesfield boasts several allotment sites. They include: Birtles Road, Brookfield Lane, Byrons Street, Maple Avenue; Knowsley Road, Laburnum Road, Lyme View, Sutton; Park Grove, South Park; Springfield Road; Springhill, Hurdsfield; Stamford Road.
●● Berni Burgon, chair of the South Park Allotment Association, Becky, a supervisor for the team and Mike Bull, committee member of the South Park Allotment Association at the site; inset, the land before the work