THE Woolacombe Allotment and Garden Association is one of 55 organisations in the South West to receive grants for environmentally friendly food schemes from the Big Lottery Fund totalling £395,257. The association will use the award of £9,500 to impr

THE Woolacombe Allotment and Garden Association is one of 55 organisations in the South West to receive grants for environmentally friendly food schemes from the Big Lottery Fund totalling £395,257.

The association will use the award of £9,500 to improve a community space which is used to grow organic fruit and vegetables for local residents. A local school is also using the site to educate children about healthy living and the production of natural ingredients.

Richard Gregory, the chairman, said: "Our allotments are in an area of outstanding natural beauty on National Trust Land and need to look like a tidy patchwork of cultivation.

" This funding has given us the opportunity to have one large communal shed instead of individual ones. The plot holders including the local school will keep their tools and have small meetings in the shed. The funding will also allow us to provide solar power.