Village gardeners are top of the plots

Pegswood Station Cottages Allotment Open Day'Robert Millar on his new allotment
Pegswood Station Cottages Allotment Open Day'Robert Millar on his new allotment

NEW allotment plots and a community shop have been unveiled to Pegswood residents.

The revamped Station Cottages site was officially opened on Sunday by Pegswood Parish Council Chairman Peter Stonell and people of all ages to celebrate the achievement of the village’s Allotments Association.

After many years of trying, the authority managed to get the possessory title of the land at the start of the year. Although this is not the best class to have (absolute), it still allowed the association to use the area for allotments.

The organisation made great progress, with plenty of support from local and regional businesses, and 17 new plots have been installed. It has also set up a shop where people can buy horticultural goods.

At Sunday’s event there were a range of stalls including bedding plants, fruit and vegetables, cakes, poultry and fancy pigeon. Flowers were available too and there was a raffle of gardening equipment.

Funding for the scheme was provided by the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme, UK Coal’s Potland Burn fund and the parish council.

In addition, group members have bought three new containers and they are storing things like rotavators and water pumps for anyone who wants to use them.

Parish Clerk Kevin Cassie said: “Speedy completion of the project is thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Pegswood Allotments Association and the generosity of the business community, in particular a donation of 10,000 tonnes of top soil from Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd to complete the hard landscape works on the site.”

Pegswood-based Sanders Plant and Waste Management cleared the site and the other firms that have donated personnel and/or equipment for the various facilities are R Thornton & Co, Owen Pugh Contracts, Nixon Hire, MKM Building Supplies, Williamson Decorator Centre and Portakabin.

The office cabin was donated by the Piramal Healthcare plant in Morpeth.