Padiham allotment is good to grow

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A new £135,000 community allotment has taken root in Padiham.

The Seedlings Allotment has blossomed from an area blighted by fly tipping into a living garden for the people of Padiham.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham officially open the new Seedlings Allotment in Padiham.'Photo Ben Parsons

The Mayor and Mayoress of Padiham officially open the new Seedlings Allotment in Padiham.'Photo Ben Parsons

The Park Road plot will work with schools, groups, pensioners and Padiham people to learn how to plant and grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Padiham Mayor Coun. Vince Pridden officially opened the allotment as the public got the chance to look around and enjoy a barbecue. He said: “I hope to see a lot more of this happening in Padiham. It is a great project.”

Amanda Jane Towers, who helped mastermind the community allotment in 2008, said it was great to see the dream finally become a reality.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved here. I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the people who have worked on the project. I cannot believe the transformation from what it was before.”

Hopes are to extend the allotment, provide small plots for aspiring allotment owners and even add a cob oven area to cook home-grown food.

The plot, developed with Lancashire County Council, Groundworks Pennine Lancashire and the National Lottery, was hit by vandals before the opening. But First Tunnels and Landscape Engineering came to the rescue to repair the damaged polytunnel and site security has been improved.