Funding for equipment at Broadstairs allotment

GREEN FINGERS: Working hard at Culmer’s Allotment

Submitted to the Thanet Gazette

Thanet gardeners have benefitted from a new fund which supports community allotments in Kent.

The Amity Allotment Fund awarded a grant of £1,5000 to Culmer’s Allotment Society who have a four-acre site, with 120 plots, near the center of Broadstairs.

Culmer’s applied for financial support to purchase a high-quality shredding machine for shrubs, plant stalks, large plants, and wood to avoid burning or sending the waste to landfill.

Caroline Marais, from Culmer’s, said: “Our site has a very large boundary with bushes and small trees which require annual pollarding, generating a large amount of material what would previously have been burnt or taken to landfill.

“If just a quarter of us switched from dumping organic waste in landfill sites to composting it, we’d save the equivalent of 2.5m tonnes of CO2 from reaching the atmosphere each year.

“The new shredder will become a huge asset and will be widely used by the allotment holders.”

During National Allotments Week – Monday, August 8 to 14 – Kent Community Foundation is highlighting their Amity Allotment Fund.

The fund, which opened in March this year, can distribute grants of up to £7,500 to upgrade existing allotments or encourage the creation of new sites across the county.

In addition to Culmer’s, it has also provided grants to allotments in Sheppey, for new boundary fencing, and in Ashford to cover the cost of the removal of asbestos roofs from 200 sheds.

Natalie Smith, from Kent Community Foundation, said: “We know how important allotments are to bring communities together, preserve the environment and provide a fantastic area for wildlife.”

If you know of an allotment that needs funding, or you are interested in creating an allotment for your community, visit here.

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