Tintagel allotment blooms thanks to residents

Published: 11 April 2022

Tintagel allotment launch April 2022.

The Tintagel Community Centre’s allotment.

The Tintagel Community Centre’s allotment has been transformed from an unused and tired old playground to a beautiful garden space for residents to maintain and enjoy.

The new space, created in partnership with Disability Direct, was officially launched on Friday (8 April) with live performances from 4Strings Ukulele, Voluntary Voices and Rock Of All Ages Choir. The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Robin Wood cut the opening ribbon.

The inclusive ‘Plot to plate’ project will be accessible for all and include ramps and wheelchair level planters to allow disabled and older people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Tintagel Close has a thriving and well-utilised community room and we were keen to see if the residents would be interested in developing an allotment space within the area.

After a consultation, they were very much in favour of the project and work started in October 2021.

A new pantry has also been developed, following on from the successful food bank, which can be utilised by local residents. The community shop will bridge the gap between shop prices and free food. Residents will be able to purchase a full range of groceries at a significantly reduced price. The intention is to create an attractive, welcoming retail environment in the heart of the community.

A representative from Disability Direct said:

It’s been great to see the changes happening at Tintagel Close.

The residents are really looking forward to using the newly developed space to grow their own fruit and vegetables and it’s been a pleasure turning a tired, unused space into something the residents can use all year round.

Derby Homes’ Managing Director Maria Murphy added:

It was our pleasure to be involved in the project, from the original ideas to the final plans.

Turning what was a disused area into something the community can be involved in and have a positive impact, is something everyone involved can be proud of.

There are a wide range of residents at Tintagel Close with various health issues and disabilities, so this project will have a real positive impact in their wellbeing and mental health.

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