Allotment group appeals for funding

FUNDING APPEAL: Areley Kings Allotment Association needs money to continue its project.

FUNDING APPEAL: Areley Kings Allotment Association needs money to continue its project.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WORK to create an allotment area for disabled and elderly people in a Wyre Forest village has come to a standstill due to a lack of funding.

Areley Kings Allotment Association, which represents plot-holders from the Abberley Avenue site in Stourport, is appealing for financial support to help re-start its plans to develop a flat, easy-access area with raised beds suitable for wheelchair users and those who are not able to bend.

Jacqueline Worrall, chairman of the association, said: “This project will enable older and disabled people to join in with the allotment community and grow their own vegetables or salad.

“So far most of the work undertaken has been completed by allotment holders volunteering their time and effort, but now progress is at a standstill until more funding can be found.

“We would welcome any donations to help us continue this important initiative.”

A range of works to improve the site for disabled and elderly individuals have already started.

The centre pathway has been widened and renewed with funds from Councillor Nigel Thomas and the disabled area has been cleared, while the car park has been extended thanks to a contribution from Councillor John Thomas.

However more money is needed, despite donations from Councillor John Holden and the Stourport branch of The Royal British Legion, to start work on the raised beds and easy-access zone.

Anyone unable to contribute financially can also help by providing the project with unwanted slabs. More than 300 are needed for the disabled area but the group only has 32 so far.

Areley Kings Allotment Association is also holding a show and open day on Saturday, September 13 from noon to 4pm.

The public are invited to attend the event, which will include tea and cake, a produce sale, stalls and the annual allotment show with prizes for the best vegetables and flowers.

For more details or to donate money or slabs to the project contact Mrs Worrall on 01299 823742.

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