A Bradford allotment site that had been neglected for over ten years is being transformed into a place of natural beauty that the local community can take pride in.
Now more volunteers are needed to help with digging and landscaping work, constructing a potting shed and greenhouse, creating seating space and a pond area, woodwork, and planting in the spring.
Yorkshire-based charity Carers’ Resource took on two sites at Undercliffe allotments earlier this year with the aim of creating a sensory garden and a working allotment.
Carers who look after their friends and family will be able to use the space for respite, meetings and group sessions, boosting mental health and wellbeing through gardening. Young carers and volunteers will have opportunities to learn new skills throughout the allotment’s creation and maintenance.
Becca Marshall, Carers’ Resource’s lead on the project, said: “We have already seen such a transformation; the site was such a mess when we first got it. It has been hard work, but it is great to see the allotment taking shape. It will be such an important space for carers and the local community.”
A handful of volunteers have already built raised beds and an area to plant wild flower seeds, but there is still much more to do. If you like being outside, enjoy hard work and creativity and would be interested in volunteering for this great project, please contact Andrew Parkin (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 07761510603).
Marine Landscapes, of Bradford, have supported the project, putting a path in to make the allotment wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Greenlands Turf and Top Soil, of Bingley, generously donated two bags of top soil and put them into the raised beds.