‘It will be the heart of the village’ - weed-filled Brundall field transformed into allotments
A weed-ridden field has been transformed into a gardener's paradise.
Brundall villagers said a 'minor miracle' had happened at their new allotment site, as winter vegetables were planted, sheds boasting hanging baskets were erected and a strong community feel took root.
Martin Davies, chairman of the parish council, said Brundall had been without allotments since the 1950s - when homes were built on villagers' vegetable plots.
And as the 54-plot site off Postwich Lane was officially opened and families dug in, he said it was a 'proud moment'.
Among the new allotment owners was Matthew Hood, 38, of The Close, Brundall.
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'It's good for me to get out, and it's quality time for the kids to get involved,' he smiled. 'Community spirit is the main thing.
'Everyone's been giving each other advice and help.'
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His son Elliott, aged five, busied himself finding worms in the soil, while the rest of the family helped clear weeds.
Carole Jolly, 72, of Brundall, also has an allotment at the site.
'It keeps you young - the fresh air and digging, and the social aspect,' she said. 'They're a lovely bunch of people here and it will be the heart of the village.'
Mike Hammond, chairman of the Brundall Allotments Association, said the site would create a 'legacy for Brundall'.
The parish council has a 21-year tenancy on the site.
He hailed developers Persimmon who helped with funding, landowners Norfolk County Council, and sponsors Norfolk Community Foundation, The Fitzmaurice Charitable Trust and Brundall Home Hardware.
The Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust are set to help plant 1,500 broad-leaved trees on another part of the field to create community woodland and orchards in the countryside park.
A third use of the 12.6 acre field is planned for next year if negotiations with parkrun UK enable it to launch a weekly Saturday morning Brundall parkrun on the site.