Sompting allotments open

People touring the new allotment sites in Sompting
People touring the new allotment sites in Sompting

The result of two years’ work has seen new allotments opened in Sompting.

The opening of a new allotment site at Halewick Lane was the culmination of two years’ work by Adur District Council to turn a derelict piece of land, below the old West Sussex County Council landfill tip, into a fenced-in site for local people to grow vegetables.

On Saturday, October 6, prospective tenants were given the chance to look around and be allocated a plot and discuss with council officers and allotment representatives what would help fertilise and improve the soil.

A group was also set up to run a community shed, which is to be built shortly, and offered help over the first six months of the allotment’s opening to get the plots in to better growing conditions for spring planting.

Keith Dollemore, Manor ward councillor, said: “I am delighted that after all the difficulties around no water to the site and lack of fencing when we first started, to be able to show new tenants this wonderful new site for growing vegetables.

“Adur’s waiting list for Allotments is high and it continues to be our aim to work with local people to help them achieve their goals and provide more opportunities for them to have an allotment plot.

“This site will need some hard digging work in the first six months, but I am delighted to see forks and spades already turning over the ground and new tenants working together to help each other.”

Adur Parks will also be supplying tractor loads of horse manure to new tenants plots during the winter, and allotment representatives will be around to give individuals any advice they may need.

The new allotment site will have space for up to 30 new tenants.