The new site
Our purpose-built allotment site will soon be ready and an opening event is planned for December 2018. It now has a name, the Hartfield Close Allotments. Plots for rent have now been allocated and S4B are in the process of offering these places to those on its client list. Demand has been high, so people have been prioritised. A rent has been agreed and will be reviewed annually.
The site will consist of 23 plots, the plot size approximately 4 x 6m. In addition, there will be two raised beds for easy access to those with difficulty bending to the ground. The soil will be about half a metre in depth. There will be hard-surface paths throughout and good drainage from the paths. COMAS is looking to install a rainy-day shed, which, as well as offering shelter, will have table and chairs, an electricity supply, and some storage room. Other amenities include a water supply, composters and recycle bins.
Currently, COMAS is working with the site manager, S4B, discussing the day-to-day staffing and management.
The Meanwhile Site greenhouse has now been moved to Medlock Primary School where it is a hit for the pupils in the weekly gardening group. This greenhouse has been remarkable successful since its construction in 2015. It is proving to be a great incubator of seeds in trays.
A second greenhouse at Elizabeth Yarwood Court has been inherited from the Proud Trust. It has had a refit and is ready for the Spring 2019 season.
COMAS helps out at the raised beds at Elizabeth Yarwood Court, for the older residents to do some gardening. It maintains the greenhouse. This has enthused some of the residents to grow a wonderful selection of food. No doubt Donna, the Court's Manager and Wonder-Chef, can rustle up some interesting hot meals and salads for the residents.
The Proud Trust have now signed over their assets at Elizabeth Yarwood Court as they are concentrating on other projects. COMAS will be looking after their allotment site from now on.