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Locals dig in to new allotments

SOLIHULL Council is championing growing your own vegetables with the opening of two new allotment sites.

SOLIHULL Council is championing growing your own vegetables with the opening of two new allotment sites.

Chadwick End and Balsall Common will benefit with new plots opening this weekend and next month after residents requested more land to plant their greens across the borough.

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor David Bell will officially open the first site at Chadwick End on Warwick Road tomorrow, while the second plot at Holly Lane in Balsall Common will be unveiled on April 8.

The local authority teamed up with National Grid and Balsall Parish Council to transform an overgrown area in Chadwick End into 12 allotments.

Green fingered residents have already snapped these up while Chadwick End Nursery has reserved a plot for its children to use.

Balsall Common has been granted 20 plots which have also all been taken up by budding gardeners after a year long campaign for allotments.

This was led by retired airline pilot Chris Leigh, aged 59, of Meeting House Lane, who is now looking forward to watching his favourite vegetables such as leeks and new potatoes flourish in the soil.

Cabinet member for quality of life and neighbourhoods, Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, said: “We are thrilled that we are able to open new sites this year thanks to the hard work of the teams involved.

“Allotment gardening is a wonderful way for people to get active, enjoy a healthy outdoor life and socialise and it’s great to see so much enthusiaism from residents, especially the young ones.”

Anyone keen to go on a waiting list for plots at either of these sites can contact the Council on 0121 704 8000 for further details.

Alternatively, to find out more about allotments in Solihull visit www.solihull.gov.uk

 

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