National Allotment Week brings community together

National Allotment Week was recently celebrated by many green-fingered
residents as they gathered at the community open day of a local plot.

Havannah Lane Allotment hosted its annual open day hoping to get more
people involved in the home-grown fun, with a tombola, face-painting and
many cake, fruit and vegetable stalls manned by plot owners selling the
‘fruits’ of their labours.

The open day was attended by Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillors Steve and Lynn Glover, and Parr Ward Councillors Keith Roberts and Andy Bowden, also Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People.

The national campaign raises awareness of the nutritional benefits of
home-grown produce, and the positive effects that growing one’s own fruit
and vegetables can have on physical and mental wellbeing.

Cllr Steve Glover said: “Aside from delicious, additive-free and
cost-effective food, allotments also produce a wonderful community spirit,
which is certainly shared by everyone at Havannah Lane. I’d encourage more people to get involved – growing your own produce is an incredibly
rewarding experience for all ages.”

If you fancy yourself a budding horticulturist and want to get involved,
there are 17 council-owned allotments to choose from across the borough,
including Havannah Lane. Some sites even allow you to keep chickens!

Please bear in mind that plot space is currently in high demand, but to be
added to waiting lists for up to three allotments, contact St Helens
Council on 01744 676789 or via contactcentre@sthelens.gov.uk.

Find out more at www.sthelens.gov.uk, searching ‘allotments’.