It’s been an interesting growing season this year, but the dedicated volunteers working at the New Milton Dementia & Community Allotment at Becton Lane have got stuck in again, getting their green-fingers dirty and they love it.
Many guests have visited the Allotment this summer, coming from local care-homes, social groups and from the wider community to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, sowing and growing, and reaping the harvest. This year the allotmenteers grew and subsequently feasted on beans, rhubarb, tomatoes, an aromatic array of herbs, a trug full of delightful sweet peas as well as sunflowers, narcissi and verbena, all greatly appreciated by the visitors and of course the busy bees.
In recognition of the volunteers continued commitment and efforts in making the allotment a beautiful place to be, and to record a big thank-you to them, a lunchtime gathering was arranged with refreshments on offer. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor,Committee Chairmen and Town Clerk were all present.
As the splendid September sunshine spread its warming rays across the allotment, Mark Jeffries, New Milton’s Estates & Facilities Manager, praised the volunteers who had spent over 300 hours during the year, watering, weeding, digging, sowing, harvesting and greeting visitors to the site. He then presented them with a gift as a token of appreciation arranged by the Action Group.
Cllr Bob Murrow, lead town councillor of the Dementia Action Group, commended the volunteers, saying “We are so lucky to have these caring volunteers, they give up their own time to tend to the allotment, and thanks to Sue Wiffen who coordinates the effort. Of course, Mark Jeffries and the NMTC Estates team have been very supportive, it really is great team-work all round”.
Recently, Mark Jeffries attended the South & South East in Bloom Awards Ceremony held at the Brighton Amex stadium and was pleased to announce that New Milton had been awarded Silver Gilt, with increased marks for the third year running.
Another fantastic achievement for the town and all its community groups, schools, and many other townsfolk who contributed to the New Milton In Bloom efforts, which judges described as an up and coming entry.
If you are interested in further details about the Anything Grows Dementia & Community Allotment please call Sue Wiffen tele 07884 300641 or 01425 617111.