Growing trend passing on helpful tips to gardeners

Innisfree Allotments, Longbenton which is taking part in National Allotment week.
Innisfree Allotments, Longbenton which is taking part in National Allotment week.

A GROWING trend throughout the borough is set to get more support as hints and tips are passed on to residents.

Four allotment sites in the borough are opening their gates next week in support of National Allotment Week, from August 6 to 12.

There will be guided tours, giving people a chance to find out what happens on the plots and pick up tips.

It has been organised by North Tyneside Council’s allotment service and the National Allotment Service.

The events are on:

n Wednesday, August 8, from 3pm to 7pm, at Innisfree West allotment, behind the Innisfree Social Club, Longbenton;

n Friday, August 10, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm at West Street allotment, next to Hadrian House Care Home, Wallsend;

n Saturday, August 11, from 11am to 3pm, at Redhouse allotment, Alder Grove, Monkseaton;

n Sunday, August 12, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, at Preston Village allotment, Monkswood Estate, North Shields.

Coun George Westwater, cabinet member for community and regulatory services, said: “Allotments provide an opportunity for people to enjoy healthy food and experience some outdoor exercise.

“This initiative will give people the chance to find out what happens on allotments and get some tips on home growing.”

To contact the council’s allotment service, telephone (0191) 643 7449/59 or email allotments@northtyneside.gov.uk