Garden share idea to cut allotment wait queues
PEOPLE who don’t use their gardens are being asked to take part in a scheme to allow others to use them.
Food4Macc’s garden share aims to help people who want to grow food but are stuck on long waiting lists for an allotment.
So far, 20 people in the Macclesfield area have benefited from the scheme.
Garden Share is overseen by Food4Macc’s Bill Pettipiece, who himself spent four years on a waiting list for an allotment.
“There is an increasing demand for home-grown food” he said.
“The old image of allotment holders has changed, it’s no longer just the old man in a cloth cap. Younger couples and families are also getting involved in growing their own food.”
“The Gardenshare scheme aims to bring together people who have gardens but can’t or won’t use them with people who want to grow fruit and vegetables but don’t have space.
“We act as a middle man, making notes of people’s requirements and matching them with other people who can help them.”
Anyone interested in taking part or who wants more information should visit www.food4macc.org
●● People with unused gardens are being encouraged to sign up