ALLOTMENTS

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.

 

If you wish to apply for a plot on the Parish Council site please contact Maggie Fowle, Secretary, Norton Allotment Association  Tel: 01823 254087.

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: nfpc@btinternet.com

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Urban farming

for health, employment and ecology

Growing food doesn’t just happen in the countryside. Unused land in Taunton is being

made productive by a few pioneers, and they need your support. Whether you are

looking for a chance to make a difference, want to develop a healthy and sustainable

form of employment, or just love getting dirt under your fingernails, you’ll find

something in this event for you.

Speakers: David Clegg (Head gardener, Somerset CCLT); James Dexter (Farmer at Wild

Geese Acres with the Ecological Land Co-operative); Alex Lawrie (Co-op Development Worker)

Wednesday 23rd November 3pm – 5pm

at 10 East Reach, Taunton

landtrust@somerset.coop www.somersetcclt.org.uk 0300 456 2265 Facebook:somersetcclt