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A £52,000 grant to transform Bootham Stray allotments

Bootham Stray Allotments

12:01am 1st July 2011

Bootham Stray Allotments’ Association and City of York Council have secured a £52,000 grant to transform Bootham Stray allotments.

The funding from the BIG Lottery Reaching Communities Fund will be used to provide secure site fencing and improved land drains, easy access plots for gardeners with disabilities, community and school plots, a central social area with site cabin and a compost toilet.

The two-year Fresh Start Project starts on 1st July 2011 and will also provide a part time garden mentor to work with school groups, organise skill sharing sessions and support the allotment association in running open days and other events.

Dave Meigh, head of Parks and Open Spaces at City of York Council, said:

“The funding will enable us to transform Bootham Stray allotments and make it even more accessible for residents across the city. In its heyday in the 1950s the allotment site was three times its current size, with rows of pigsties and pigeon lofts among 300 allotment gardens. Today there are 80 gardeners at Bootham Stray. The enthusiastic new allotment association has lots of ideas about how to give the allotment site a fresh start. Thanks to the Big Lottery grant, they can now start to put their ideas into action.”

Andrea McCartney, Bootham Stray Allotments Association chairman, said:

"We are delighted to have been awarded the BIG lottery Grant. There are a lot of plot holders who work hard on their allotments at Bootham Stray, but the site itself has felt neglected over the years.

“This grant means we can finally make some long overdue improvements that will benefit everyone who gardens there presently, as well as creating a place the local community can be proud of. We are particularly excited about involving local schools, making it possible for children to discover that 'growing your own' is both healthy and fun and working with the local communities."

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