Gar­den share idea to cut al­lot­ment wait queues

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

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.food4­

●● Peo­ple with un­used gar­dens are be­ing en­cour­aged to sign up

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