Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood opened the Pemberton Organic Planters community allotment in Woodchurch at an event on Saturday.
Local residents Michaela Knight-Rimmer, Jo Foster, Su Knight-Rimmer and a committee of dedicated volunteers took on responsibility for the allotments in 2019 with the idea to transform the piece of land on the Woodchurch estate into a community hub.
Since then, volunteers have worked hard to develop the allotment with the help of donations from supporters.
The allotment has been closed to the public for much of the last year due to Covid. On Saturday there was an event to mark the reopening of the allotment, with cake stalls, plant sales and plenty of space for young children to run around and explore.
Margaret Greenwood MP said after the event:
“I was delighted to be asked to open the Pemberton Organic Planters community allotment for this season.
“The first time I visited this site it was very muddy, overgrown and had lots of brambles. The volunteers certainly had their work cut out. Since then there has been an amazing transformation.
“Now the allotment is beautifully tended, with fruit trees, raised beds, herbs and rows of vegetables.
“Saturday’s event was a real success, and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to meet and mingle with people once again.
“I was very interested to hear that youth workers from the Carrbridge Centre have been taking children up to the allotments to give them the opportunity to get involved. By all accounts the children have been really enjoying helping out at the allotment.
“Lots of people have said how much the natural world has helped them during the pandemic. Getting close to nature is incredibly beneficial for mental health and wellbeing. Allotments offer an ideal way to do that.
“I would like to congratulate everybody at Pemberton Organic Planters for what they have achieved.
“They are always looking for new volunteers, so I would advise anybody who is interested to get in touch with them via the allotment’s Facebook page.
“I would encourage anybody with green fingers, a love of gardening or an interest in finding out about how to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables to get involved.”
Photo shows Margaret Greenwood MP with (from left) Su Knight-Rimmer, Michaela Knight-Rimmer, Sue Porter and Jo Foster
For more information please contact the office of Margaret Greenwood MP on 0207 219 4608 or 0151 792 3416