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Allotment project to help the community

Posted on Wednesday 24th July 2019
Cae Perllan allotments ground crew

Grounds maintenance team pictured left to right Phil Evans, Andrew Price, Wayne Davis, Frank Rundle and Cliff Mullen

A project to breathe new life into a once derelict allotment site will help boost a community project thanks to a group of allotment holders, volunteers and local businesses.

The aim is to use the Cae Perllan allotment site to grow fresh food which can then be donated to Newport Food Bank.

Work on preparing the once neglected site has been going on for several weeks and Newport City Council’s grounds team are working with allotment site secretary Del Brooks and local businesses to remove a jungle of brambles which covered five plots.

Now Del and his volunteers are looking for help from local residents and more businesses to help grow the project so fresh food can be harvested and donated to those in need.

If anyone would like to sponsor a plot the cost of renting one is £60 a year and anyone who can donate seeds, tools or their time will be made very welcome.

Councillor Deb Harvey, the council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure praised volunteers, businesses and council staff for the work being done so Cae Perllan allotments can be brought back into use.

“The work that has gone on so far at the site is a tribute to the hard work of Del Brooks, volunteers, local businesses and council staff.

“On behalf of Newport City Council I would like to thank everyone involved in the project which means food grown can be donated to Newport Food Bank, this is a great community initiative and is very welcome.

“The Cae Perllan allotment site has been unused for some time so to see it being brought back to life is great.

“We hope people will come forward to help Del and his volunteers progress the project by either volunteering their time, their money or equipment.”

Businesses can sponsor a plot for £60 a year but ideally commit for two years because of the time it will take to prepare the allotments and for produce to be available.

In particular, the council would like to thank sponsors already involved in the project including High Cross UPVC Developments of Newport, Ezee Fit Tyres Ltd of Risca, Border Bobcat Ltd of the Prince of Wales Industrial Estate, Castrellau Garden Services, CC Morgan & Sons of Cwmbran and local resident John Travis along with the council’s ground maintenance team including Phil Evans, Andrew Price, Wayne Davis, Frank Rundle and Cliff Mullen

If anyone would like to get involved in this project or who is interested in taking on an allotment plot on this site for their own use please email delbrooks.caeperllanallotments@outlook.com

The council also has a wide variety of allotments around the city which are available for rent.

 If you would like to grow your own food but don’t have a suitable patch of ground or you fancy working out in the open air either by yourself, your family or with a group of friends then contact the site secretary of the area where you would like to be.

Visit http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Leisure-Tourism/Allotments/Allotments.aspx for a list of sites and for more details on how to go about being an allotment holder.

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