Bournemouth to use £50,000 grant to create allotments

Eight new allotments could be in the offing thanks to Government funding.

Bournemouth parks team received £50,000 from the Home Office community action fund for its plans, which include one plot that will be accessible to residents with mobility issues.

The project involves clearing a derelict site at Elizabeth Gardens, Springbourne, and building raised allotment beds and boundary fencing.

A wild flower herbaceous border fronting the site will aid pollination. Allotment holders will also have sheds and on-site water storage.

Councillor Rod Cooper said: "Allotments are popular, but also oversubscribed. Transforming this land will provide an extra facility for residents and improve the look and feel of the area."

Local authority planners are looking at the proposals, which could be ready next spring. Plots will be allocated to those on the waiting list.

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