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Are you up for the challenge? Additional plots available at allotments across the area

10:11 am, Monday, 4th October 2021 - 1 year ago

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Are you up for the challenge of taking on a piece of land to transform into your very own allotment?

Call us now to get your green fingers stuck in to this new opportunity right away – all free for the rest of the year.

North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, EQUANS, are calling on people to follow in the footsteps of new plot holders of unused land and transform under-utilised allotment space into new plots.

To mark the challenge, we’ll be holding a drop-in event at Grimsby Top Town Market on Friday 15 October to offer residents the chance to discuss being a plot holder and answer any queries they may have. The team will be in the Market Hall during the market’s regular opening hours of 9am and 4pm.  

New plot holders have been enjoying the challenge of taking on additional space and giving the plots their own unique stamp when starting their allotment journey.

Taking up a plot for the remainder of 2021 is free. Plot holders will be charged in 2022 for their allotment plot with prices starting from £100, depending on the chosen site (fees are reviewed annually).

North East Lincolnshire Council and EQUANS have seen demand increase for allotments and to meet this additional demand the service has been able to expand the sites and use previously under-utilised space within the allotment sites.

Why take up an allotment plot?

  • Improve your health and wellbeing
  • Grow your own fruit and vegetables
  • Support the environment and reduce food miles
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Save money on your grocery shopping
  • Support local wildlife and connect with nature

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “Owning an allotment plot provides a number of health benefits and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and grow your own produce.

“Our allotments are popular and as we continue to see enquiries and interest, we are now at a stage where we can look to utilise extra space on the allotments and raise the question – are you up for the challenge?

“This latest development is aimed to support the increase in demand as owning an allotment becomes ever more popular. This opportunity offers plots up much quicker and allows us to expand our sites to their full potential.”

EQUANS manage the following allotments:

  • Carr Lane Allotments, Cleethorpes – entrance off Lestrange Street and Beeley Road
  • Littlecoates Allotments, Grimsby – entrance off Lister Street
  • Peaksfield Allotments, Grimsby – entrance off Weelsby Avenue
  • Saltings Allotments, Grimsby – entrance off Littlefield Lane
  • Springfield Allotments, Scartho – entrance off Springfield Road
  • Weelsby Allotments, Grimsby – entrance off Garton Grove
  • Winchester Allotments, Grimsby – entrance off Laceby Road

If you are unable to attend the drop-in event, more information about taking on an allotment plot can be found by visiting www.nelincs.gov.uk/allotments, email alloments.enquiries@nelincs.gov.uk or call (01472) 324646.

For those looking to manage an existing plot with less preparation requirements, the team will add you to the enquiry list and you will be offered a plot as they come available.

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