Growing calls for allotments

ALLOTMENT space in the borough is set to grow, thanks to a cash boost.

More than 50 new plots are to be provided for keen growers in North Shields, Wallsend and Howdon – bringing the total number in North Tyneside to nearly 2,000.

Work to bring the various sites into use will include clearing the land, providing water and erecting fencing.

The estimated cost of the scheme – £47,000 – will be met by a grant from the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership, topped up with money from the council’s area forum environmental improvement fund.

Mayor Linda Arkley, also chair of the NTSP, said: “I am delighted we will be bringing these derelict patches of land back into use in such a positive way.

“Unfortunately, we have more people wanting plots than spaces available so anything that reduces the current waiting list is really good news.”

The new plots will be situated in Beach Road and Morpeth Terrace, North Shields; West Street and Wiltshire Drive, Wallsend; and Ilford Road, Howdon.

The council already own the various pieces of land.

Marietta Evans, director of public health for North Tyneside, said: “It’s well-known that having an allotment and growing your own vegetables can be a very healthy pastime.

“Not only does it provide an active lifestyle, but it also encourages healthy eating.”

Work on the five sites is due to be completed by late March, with the new tenants being able to start digging and planting next April.

People on the waiting list for allotments will be told in March if they have been successful. For more information, visit the ‘leisure and libraries’ section on www.northtyneside.gov.uk