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Friday, 26 August 2011

Brand new allotments for Ashurst and Colbury

Residents from Ashurst and Colbury celebrated the opening of 43 new allotment plots this weekend.
Left to right is as follows: Sally Arnold Chairman of Ashurst & Colbury Parish Councillor,
Tim Jobling Barker-Mill Trustee, David Bryant Ashurst & Colbury Parish Councillor and
Len Griggs Ashurst & Colbury Parish Clerk

Thanks to land donated by the trustees of the Barker-Mill estate, funding from the New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund, the Big Lottery and Hampshire County Council they now have an allotment on their doorstep.

Andy Brennan, Sustainable Development Fund Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority said: ‘Funding projects like the allotments is important and embodies the ethos of the Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

‘The allotment holders will now be growing their own food; cutting down on transport, packaging and carbon emissions. It also brings together a broad range of people of all ages and backgrounds from the local community.’

Sally Arnold, Chairman of Ashurst and Colbury Parish Council added: ‘These allotments are a much needed addition to the area. There are different types and sizes of allotments depending on a person’s needs including; a raised bed for the elderly and disabled, and a communal area for children to play and allotment holders to relax.

‘The Parish Council has overseen and managed the project and support from bodies like the National Park Authority has really helped make this a success’.

The Sustainable Development Fund is a grant scheme to encourage sustainable living within the New Forest National Park. Since April 2006 over 90 projects have been funded including the removal of invasive plants, rain water harvesting systems, biomass boilers, composting toilets, archaeological excavation equipment and research into Bechstein’s and Barbastelle bats.

Funding is available for projects that provide environmental, economic and community benefit to the National Park. The fund is open to community groups and organisations as well as businesses. For more information or to discuss a potential application please contact Andy Brennan on 01590 646676 or sdf@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Recommended Reading: New Forest National Park: Short Walks by local author David Foster


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