Gardeners sow the seeds of success
HARD work by a group of gardeners to secure funding for their allotments has finally borne fruit.
Members of the Glapthorn Allotment and Gardeners Association have just been presented with £9,999 from Lottery Funding.
The cash will be used to re-establish 24 allotment plots in Glapthorn, near Oundle.
The site is opposite Glapthorn Lower School and is owned by St Leonard’s Church, Glapthorn.
During the 1800s the land was used as allotments and has been a small Christmas tree plantation but in recent times had become scrub woodland.
Pupils from Glapthorn School have been allocated a plot and are preparing to plant their first seeds.
Jeff Knowles, GAGA chairman, said: “The grant has enabled the re-establishment of church land which has been used by the village for allotments since about 1830.
“The involvement of the school is essential for pleasure and enjoyment of this facility.
“We have cleared the site and established as allotments and look forward for this facility being used by the school and village for many years to come.
“The allotments have brought together people from across the community and with the Lottery Funding some wonderful additions have been made. Clearing the land was a big task as was the building of a rabbit proof fence.”