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Get involved with the community allotment in Huyton

by Laura Johnston

Head to Jubilee Children’s Centre help with the maintenance of its community allotment and perhaps discover your green fingers!

At the moment, the allotment is being looked after by two volunteers, Kirk and Martin, who love what they do but are seeking more volunteers to help keep the allotment in its best health.

The original idea for the community allotment came about when Kirk, a local dad himself, thought growing and developing green spaces would be a great way for other dads and their male carers to spend time together. Before deciding to do this, Kirk enjoyed Children Centres services with his children and luckily enough, there was unused green space at Jubilee Children’s Centre just waiting for something to be done with it. Martin then became involved and together, they designed and developed the allotment from scratch. Since then, all of the community have been able to get involved and it is hoped that future generations of the community will be able to enjoy the allotment just as much the current generation.

Anyone of any age and any level of experience in allotment care are invited to help out with the allotment which is a great way to get outside, do good in the community and spend quality time with family members or friends. You may even potentially find your new favourite hobby if it is something you have never done before.

There are currently some great projects to get involved with such as building a living wigwam that is made of plants and towers over the allotment space at 6 foot. There are also raised beds that need help being prepared for new growing over the winter season which will be here before we know it. Have you ever heard of a mud kitchen? Well there’s one at the allotment for children and adults alike to enjoy!

Huyton Children’s Centres is a great place to make a voluntary contribution to your community and earlier this year it became the first Children’s Centre area to receive the prestigious ‘Investors in Volunteers’ award.

Because of the joy that the allotment brings to the community, the volunteers are hoping to continue the good work and develop more community allotments throughout Knowsley.  If you are unable to make it to Jubilee Children’s Centre, there will hopefully be an allotment near you soon.

If you are interested in getting involved with the community allotment in some way and would like more information, you can contact Kirk or Lucy on 0151 443 5226.

Alternatively, you can also simply drop in at Jubilee Children’s Centre at St Aloysius Primary School, Twig Lane, Huyton L36 2LF between 1 and 2.30pm every Wednesday.