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Year-round help brings new life to allotments

Posted: 6th November 2013 by Essex CRC.
Hamstel Road Allotments Vegetable Mural
Hamstel Road Allotments Vegetable Mural

Offenders from Southend have been helping with the maintenance of Hamstel Road Allotments:

Many of the plots had been abandoned and left to go wild. Offenders have worked hard to clear the abandoned areas, hacking back brambles and digging out roots. Previously worthless plots have now been rented to local residents, generating funds for the allotment society.

Charlie Fell, Site Manager for Southend (East) Allotments and Gardens Society, said: “The work carried out is of immense value to our society and the fact that we can rely on the teams is invaluable to the proper maintenance of the site.

“We would also like to make clear our appreciation for the work carried out by probation’s supervisors who consistently apply the appropriate level of supervision and are able to match individuals to tasks.”

On-going maintenance continues at the site with the mowing of communal areas, paths and working areas, and help for allotment-holders who struggle with heavy digging and weeding.

Offenders also help out in the trading hut, weighing and bagging items for sale.

Teams will work at the allotments 52 weeks of the year, in partnership with Southend Borough Council.