Posted: Tue 8th Aug 2023

Dobshill allotments flourish with Welsh Government support

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Aug 8th, 2023

This week, from 7th to 13th August, the UK celebrates National Allotment Week, highlighting the essential role of allotment gardening in supporting individuals, communities, and environmental sustainability.

This year, the week-long celebration places a special emphasis on Soil Health, a theme that reflects the broader global concern for biodiversity and climate challenges.

Local Member of the Senedd Jack Sargeant visited Dobshill allotments to mark the occasion and to inspect the recent improvements made to the site.

The visit came after a local resident reached out to Jack, expressing the need for some ‘tender loving care’ at the allotments.

Working closely with Flintshire Council, Jack has helped install a new fence and invested in the water harvesting system through the Welsh Government’s Allotment Support Grant.

He said, “It’s fantastic to see the improvements that have been made possible thanks to the hard work of Flintshire Council’s Joe Barlow and investment from the Welsh Labour government. I will continue to work with the council and encourage them to bid for additional Welsh Government grant funding for further similar improvements.”

Jack added: “Allotments have many benefits for gardeners’ mental and physical wellbeing as well as for local nature, and I would encourage anyone interested to head to the National Allotment Society website to find out more.”

2023 marks the 21st year of National Allotments Week, an event that, for two decades, has seen The National Allotment Society and its members working to engage the public in the world of allotments.

They’ve consistently publicized the benefits of allotment gardening for communities, individuals, and the planet.

This year’s theme of Soil Health is aimed at informing and educating both experienced and new gardeners about the importance of caring for the soil and the creatures inhabiting it.

Healthy soil is not only key to improving yield when growing edibles but also plays a vital role in supporting biodiversity and mitigating climate challenges.

National Allotment Week is not just a celebration of gardening but a reminder of our collective responsibility towards the environment.

The events and themes of the week serve as a timely reminder of the interconnectedness of our actions, our health, our communities, and our planet.

The improvements at Dobshill allotments and the steadfast support of individuals like Jack Sargeant exemplify the community-driven approach that is vital in nurturing a greener and more sustainable future.

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