MP praise for ‘transformed’ community allotment in Woodchurch

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16 Oct 2019

Margaret Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, visited Pemberton Organic Planters Community Allotment in Woodchurch recently where she enjoyed a tour of the allotment. 

Margaret met with volunteers Lyn Chadwick, Michaela Knight-Rimmer and her wife Su to learn more about their plans to turn the allotment into a community hub.

The allotment, situated opposite the Methodist Church on Pemberton Road, had been left overgrown and unmaintained for many months. Unfortunately, illness and family commitments meant that the original volunteers Jo Foster and Lyn were no longer able to maintain the site on their own.

In July, the community came together to discuss a way forward for the allotment. Over the past 12 weeks, the site has attracted volunteers from all over the area who have helped to clear out the space and rebuild the garden.

Michaela and Su live close by and, until recently, worked full time as nurses for the NHS. Since retiring, they now have the time and energy to dedicate to the allotment. Along with Lyn and Jo, who have returned to the project, the couple have exciting plans for the site.

Michaela says that they plan to provide organic, seasonal fruit and veg to the community. The team want the allotment to be an open space for anyone to use, whether it’s for planting bulbs or relaxing with a cup of tea in the garden.

The allotment has raised beds with herbs, salad and veg growing. In the recently donated polytunnel and greenhouse they grow tomatoes and peppers and there are vines with bunches of sweet black grapes, apple and pear trees, and redcurrant bushes.

A children’s play area has also been created for families to enjoy the space.

To realise their vision the team need support from the community and they are looking for volunteers to lend a hand in the allotment and help raise funds. If you are interested in getting involved in the project, you can join the allotment’s facebook group.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“It was great to see the work being done at the Pemberton Organic Planters Community Allotment in Woodchurch.

“Michaela, Lyn and the rest of the volunteers have transformed the allotment in just 12 weeks and they are only just getting started!

“I was so impressed with the enthusiasm of the volunteers and their commitment to making the allotment a special place for the residents of Woodchurch.

“Anyone who wants to get involved can just call in – whether that’s to do some gardening, help out with fundraising or just to enjoy this wonderful community space.”

Michaela Knight-Rimmer said:

“If you need a little boost or just want to get out and socialise, then pop along to the allotment for a few hours and see what we as a community have achieved so far.

“We have plenty of cups of tea and homemade cake to go around and a play area for children.

“The allotment is so peaceful - you could be standing in a country manor garden, hidden in the middle of a forgotten estate. We hope the community will reap the rewards of what we sow here in Woodchurch.”


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