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Parish plots’ fruition

Posted on August 20 2013 at 10:05:53

Official opening

Alvechurch’s new allotments, where villagers are at last able to get growing after years of fruitless searching, have received their official opening.

The honours were done by Alvechurch villager Philip Aubury, former Director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, who tried in vain to cut the ribbon (held, above right, by parish chairman Andy Humphries and plot-holder Janet Wright) with shears before resorting to his pocket knife.

While there is always hope the plots in School Lane will one day come back into use, Alvechurch Parish Council set about finding other land ten years ago.

After the owner of the site beside Old Rectory Lane agreed a minimum 10-year deal, the parish set about designing a 40-plot layout.

From a waiting list of more than 60 applicants, 40 plotholders, all from Alvechurch Parish, were picked out in a random ballot.

They started digging furiously in the spring and an allotments association has already been established.

Coun Humphries said: “This is just the sort of scheme that shows how valuable parish councils can be in understanding and meeting the needs of their local community.”

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