Garden centre’s allotments help to win community award
November 29, 2010
Green-fingered staff at a Wokingham garden centre have grown their way to success after being recognised for their community achievements in the 2010 Garden Retail Awards.
Heathlands Garden Centre in Heathlands Road was presented with the community involvement award as part of the Garden Centre Group to recognise the success of the centre’s grow your own plots.
Tracey Fisher, centre manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have helped the group win this award which was presented at a special garden retail awards ceremony in London recently.
“The plots are designed to contribute to the local community and build community spirit as well as to encourage people to learn about and enjoy the benefits of grow your own.”
Earlier in the year, the garden centre launched 110 allotments for horticultural fans looking to plant their own fruit and vegetables.
With basic plots at £5 per week including a composter and access to a water trough, and enhanced plots for £10 with a greenhouse, shed, and water butt, the plots were quickly snapped up as gardeners got stuck in.
Ms Fisher said: “Our plots are safe and pleasant. By creating them we’re reacting to a demand from the general public to grow their own fresh wholesome food. These grow your own plots offer people the opportunity to nurture and control how they grow their own produce.”
The plots are located on a rabbit-proofed site and all plot holders receive a starter kit with a selection of handy gardening tools worth £15.