Grand gar­den­ing ef­fort

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

The Glapthorn Al­lot­ment and Gar­den­ers As­so­ci­a­tion at the vil­lage al­lot­ments. GREEN-FIN­GERED gar­den­ers can grow their own veg thanks to a gen­er­ous do­na­tion.

The Glapthorn Al­lot­ment and Gar­den­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (GAGA) re­ceived £9,999 of Lot­tery fund­ing to re-es­tab­lish al­lot­ments with 24 plots al­ready es­tab­lished.

Land which be­longs to St Leonard’s Church op­po­site Glapthorn Church of Eng­land Lower School has been cleared and trans­formed af­ter years of ne­glect.

The area was al­lot­ments in the 1800s and then a Christ­mas tree plan­ta­tion, but was aban­doned and be­came scrub­land.

One plot has gone to the school where the chil­dren are look­ing for­ward to get­ting stuck in.

Har­ri­son Scott (8) said: “We have been grow­ing a lot of plants in school and we are keen to plant them in the al­lot­ments. Lots of peo­ple have been help­ing us with our dig­ging as it is quite hard work.”

Jeff Knowles, chair­man of GAGA, said: “The award of a Na­tional Lot­tery Grant for GAGA has en­abled the re es­tab­lish­ment of church land which has been used by the vil­lage for al­lot­ments since about 1830.

“The in­volve­ment of Glapthorn School is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial for plea­sure and en­joy­ment of this fa­cil­ity.

“The lot­tery grant was awarded in the mid­dle of April and since that time the site has been cleared and es­tab­lished as al­lot­ments by the amaz­ing en­deav­ours of a few vil­lagers.”

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