December 10 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
More than 12 acres of Norfolk farmland is set to be transformed into allotments and woodland after Norfolk County Council signed over the land for community use.
In recent years the Brundall Allotment Association has been working with its parish council to find a location for allotments in the east Norfolk village.
A 21-year lease has now been signed for 12.6 acres of County Farms land to the west of Brundall by the parish council.
Steve Morphew, cabinet member for finance with responsibility for County Farms at the county council, said: “This project sees County Farms land being used a bit differently from how most people may expect and fits our aims of allowing areas of land to be used for recreation and education and to create and improve biodiversity. I’m sure this will be a well used asset for the village with so many people being able to get enjoyment from not only the allotments but the woodland paths we’ll soon see emerging on site.”
Digging on the site, between Postwick Lane and the Norwich to Yarmouth train line, is now expected to start in the next few weeks.
Half the site will be allotments and the rest will be woodland and paths for community use.
Mike Hammond, chairman of the allotment association, said: “The committee of the Brundall Allotment Association are very grateful to Norfolk County Council and Brundall Parish Council for dealing so efficiently with the rent of land for allotments and community use.
“The acquisition will be a legacy to the parishioners for a long time and will have great benefits for health and social wellbeing as well as providing produce for the allotment plot holders and their families.”
Martin Davies, chairman of Brundall Parish Council, added: “Brundall has been looking for an appropriate allotment site for many years without success and this is an excellent reflection of the way in which the county council and the local community can work together for their mutual benefit.
The parish council will meet some of the set-up costs, but once that is done, the allotments would be entirely self-funding.”