A new lease of life for allotments

Green Skills volunteers create allotment at Riverside Park
Green Skills volunteers create allotment at Riverside Park

Some heavy spade work from a group of 15 unemployed Luton volunteers has given the Bide-a-While allotment site in Riverside Park a new lease of life.

It now boasts six allotment beds, a kissing gate, 13 newly-planted fruit trees and a water harvester. And it’s all thanks to a Green Skills employment course, run by community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire.

The group also undertook tasks in the County Wildlife Site within the park, learning nature conservation skills. In addition they fixed fencing with a technique known as dead hedging and laid bark chips – made from materials at the site – to stop the working area becoming too muddy over winter.

And adding to their practical experience, they boosted their job prospects by taking a health and safety qualification that’s crucial for work in the construction industry.

The course was run in partnership with the council and supported with a donation from Luton Airport’s community funding programme.