Prince’s Trust volunteers clear up Thetford allotments for community group

Prince's Trust Team 137 hand over the key to the allotments in Station Lane, Thetford which they hav

Prince's Trust Team 137 hand over the key to the allotments in Station Lane, Thetford which they have renovated for Keystone Development Trust's Men's Shed. - Credit: Archant

A team of young volunteers have discovered the gardener within after rejuvenating an allotment site for a community group.

The Prince's Trust Team 137 cleaned up the allotment on Station Lane, in Thetford, in aid of the town's newly formed Men's Shed.

The team of young people spent eight days weeding, shearing and chopping to clear the allotment of brambles and lay new beds.

They also had to reroof an old shed on the site – a task which they all agreed was the most challenging.

They raised almost £700 towards the project during a bag-packing session in Tesco in Thetford.

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Members of the 13-strong team handed the keys to the allotment over the Louise Humphries, CEO of Keystone Development Trust, which runs the Men's Shed.

Ms Humphries said: 'We knew the allotments were here so we asked the town council and Breckland Council if we could get at them, and they were very positive about it. It has been a really joined up project.

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'Now it is ready for the 'shedders' to come in and grow next year. I am hoping that some of the lads form the team will stay involved with the Men's Shed.'

Named the Growing Shed, the new allotment site will work in tandem with the Bike Shed in York Way where the Men's Shed is currently based.

Men's Shed member David Hannah said: 'The team should all be very proud of what they have achieved here.

'It is going to be a great resource for us.'

The Prince's Trust runs the community project in conjunction with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

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