LITTLE RIVER ALLOTMENT SITE
The idea to provide allotments in the Parish originally came from a proposal put to the Parish Council by Cllr. Joyce Parsons. The Chairman discussed the idea with a local farmer and a field was identified that could be used for allotments. It was agreed to rent the field to the Parish Council for 10 years. Advertisements were placed around the village and soon applicants were coming forward. An application to the Lottery Fund was made for the fencing, which was successful and the fencing went up in March 2008. The Norton Allotment Association was formed to take on the day to day running of the site. The list of applicants had now grown to 24. Allocation of plots took place on 5th April 2008 and the site is now almost full, some plot holders starting work within half an hour of being allocated a plot. The Mayor & Mayoress of Taunton Deane Cllr. Ken Hayward and Mrs. Mary Hayward , officially opened the site on Tuesday, 22nd April, 2008.
In 2010 unfortunately the landowner died and the farm was put up for auction. The Allotment Association appealed the Parish Council for help and they agreed to purchase the land at a meeting attended by 40 tenants. This was the largest attendance at a Parish Council meeting in living memory. The allotments have now become a statutory site, the first in the country for many years.
ALLOTMENTS IN NORTON
If interested please apply to:
Norton Allotment Association
Tony Contreras, plot 4 or 27 or
Tel: 01823 274280
or Janet Gobey, Treasurer
Tel: 01823 259439 email: firstname.lastname@example.org