Togetherness is growing your own in Bickington

A strong community spirit has been created in Bickington, thanks to new allotments developed over the last couple of months on land owned by North Devon Council..   As well as new secure fencing, the site, at the back of Babbages play area, has been prepa

A strong community spirit has been created in Bickington, thanks to new allotments developed over the last couple of months on land owned by North Devon Council..

As well as new secure fencing, the site, at the back of Babbages play area, has been prepared for garden lovers to come and 'grow their own'.

Devon County Council paid �6,500 for the site improvements, with Ward Councillor Rodney Cann allocating the money from a scheme that allows members to give grants to community projects.

Cllr Cann said: "The area had previously been disused, so, following calls from local people, I consulted with North Devon Council who agreed we could turn it into allotments. We initially planned to turn the site into 18 plots. However, demand been so great, that many have been halved, meaning even more people can benefit from the area."


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As well as gardening space, the new allotments have created a strong community among its users.

Local gardener Emma Migliari, said: "Before the allotments were here, no one really spoke to anyone. However, now people come down here, not just for the gardening, but also for the social aspect. It's a great little community, bringing together different generations, from retired people to young families. We all help each other out and it's given the local people a real sense of ownership."

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The allotments are being managed by the local parish council, with a total of 34 plots now allocated.

Meanwhile, Cllr Cann is aiming to work with residents to consider future site improvements, such as a water borehole for the allotment users, as well a new picnic area and landscaping, to benefit even more families.

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