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The allotment site alongside Surville Cemetery has now been
running for nine months and has seen a very vibrant group of people
growing not only vegetables but fruit, herbs and flowers as well.
The site has been well run, with a very active committee who liaise
closely with the Parish over any issues or site improvements. The
site is unique as no sheds have been erected, mainly due to the
group wanting to maximise the growing area available. Tool boxes
have been the preferred choice.
Suggestions for the coming season are to embark on a wild life
study on the site, to include bird life, butterflies and any other
visitors, furry or feathered.
A new potential site situated
off Rue de la Hauteur was to become available this spring as we
currently have a waiting list of approximately 60 potential
interested parties waiting for a plot of their own. This is at
present on hold as we realise that this new site may not meet the
travel or parking requirements of those living some distance from
the site, due to the no parking availability on site or on
neighbouring private roads, therefore making this area more
favourable for residents who live in close proximity.
In the meantime, St Helier's
Parks Department will be using the south part of this field for
their crop growing this year. The north part will be put down to a
grass ley. There will be no allotment work on this site until a
decision on the matter has been made by the Parish Assembly at a
The Parish is still actively looking for additional sites to
help satisfy the requirements of parishioners who wish to grow
their own crops and enjoy the outside life.
Talking with some of the other allotment holders is very
rewarding; they all have a genuine reason for growing, and are
reaping the benefits of being outdoors and undertaking exercise at
their own pace. The community spirit that has grown with the social
side is certainly a wonderful bonus.
For more information please contact Tony
Andrews at the Municipal Services Depot on 811700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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