Cllr. Rich Maw is working to increase the spaces for local Scarborough residents to grow their own. The benefits of allotments for families and individuals are many and that is not just value for money. Growing your own also helps to produce fresh, local and seasonal produce that is environmentally friendly; allotments provide spaces for healthy exercise and opportunities for socializing; and, particularly in these challenging times, they can be positively good for our mental health and wellbeing.
Unsurprisingly the demand for allotment spaces already outstrips provision. Quarry Mount and Woodlands Allotments in Scarborough are oversubscribed to the tune of 150-250. With only 97 plots provided, Cllr. Maw thinks it’s time to address this shortfall in public growing space.
As Chair of the Allotment Committee of Scarborough Borough Council (SBC), Rich obtained the backing of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to fund developments that will help re-establish the allotment at Prospect Mount. New fences and gates will be erected together with a site clearance and installation of a water supply.
“We’re hopeful for a community growing site in Eastfield too and will ask SBC to adopt an overarching principle of support for the establishment of community growing spaces/community orchards.
The Allotment Committee has also asked to establish an Officer working group to develop proposals for future allotment and growing space in the new Local Plan.
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