Margaret Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, visited Pemberton Organic Planters Community Allotment in Woodchurch recently where she enjoyed a tour of the allotment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
children’s play area has also been created for families to enjoy the space.
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.
Greenwood MP said:
was great to see the work being done at the Pemberton Organic Planters
Community Allotment in Woodchurch.
Lyn and the rest of the volunteers have transformed the allotment in just 12
weeks and they are only just getting started!
was so impressed with the enthusiasm of the volunteers and their commitment to
making the allotment a special place for the residents of Woodchurch.
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
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
have plenty of cups of tea and homemade cake to go around and a play area for
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.”