Aylsham Scouts given a workout at town’s first community allotment

The 1st Aylsham Scouts dug deep at the town's allotments. Picture: Sheila Merriman

The 1st Aylsham Scouts dug deep at the town's allotments. Picture: Sheila Merriman - Credit: Sheila Merriman

Aylsham Scouts have been given a workout at the town's first community allotment.

The 1st Aylsham Scouts group demonstrated their team skills on Saturday by helping 'Aylsham in Bloom' lay and peg membrane across the plot, aiming to suppress weed growth.

Unlike a conventional allotment where one person rents an allotment, does all the work, and takes home all the produce, the community allotment is open to any Aylsham resident who want to share the workload, and the produce. No gardening experience is necessary because 'Aylsham in Bloom' volunteers will be available to lend a hand.

Allotment gardening has huge benefits. It not only has similar health benefits to low impact aerobics but also provides fresh air, builds up Vitamin D levels, and produces healthy food. Not to mention a place to meet like minded people. And all of this is free.

Aylsham Town Council has provided a rent-free plot. A community grant from Broadland District Council is paying the start-up costs. S & M Supplies (Aylsham) are sponsoring with the supply of materials. 'Aylsham in Bloom' volunteers are giving a range of skills from design and organisation, to advice and encouragement, to digging and planting.

Aylsham in Bloom's website www.aylshaminbloom.weebly.com is a good source of information or phone 01263 734408.

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Alternatively, come along to help assemble and place the shuttering for the fruit and vegetable beds on Saturday, February 25, at 9.30am. The entrance track to the Bure Meadows allotments is off Burgh Road, between Sir William's Lane and the A140.

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