Project work to be celebrated at open day

20 Jun 2013 @ 10.50 am
| News

Issued by City of York Council

There will be fun for all the family at the Bootham Stray Allotments Open Day on Sunday 23 June from 12-2pm, which is supported by City of York Council.

Besides a chance to look round the allotments, there will be a range of stalls including crafts, tombola, raffle, cakes and refreshments, all based at the new community area, a fantastic green space at the heart of the area of new plots created by recent funding.

The open day will showcase the work of the BIG Lottery-funded Fresh Start Project which has transformed Bootham Stray over the last two years.

In July 2011 Bootham Stray Allotments Association was awarded a £50,260 grant from the BIG Lottery fund plus an additional £4,530 from the BIG Supporting Change initiative, to rejuvenate the allotments and create a new community area.

The grant has enabled the Allotments Association, along with City of York Council, to make some major improvements to the condition of the allotments. These include making the site more secure with a perimeter fence and hedge as well as improving the drainage by installing new land drains. The grant has also allowed for the creation of 22 extra plots in the area.

Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said: “It is great to see that Bootham Stray Allotments have been rejuvenated thanks to this investment – and it shows how much City of York Council values clean, green and safe environments for everyone to enjoy.

“Allotments help to provide communities with sustainable, environmentally friendly, produce – I am proud that working with partners we will see 22 extra allotment plots created at Bootham Stray.

“It is wonderful that so many have worked together, including local volunteer groups and schools, to help deliver something so worthwhile for the whole community. I hope everyone will come down to the open day on Sunday – it promises to be an event the whole family can enjoy!”

Parking on the site (just off Wigginton Road) is very limited so visitors are encouraged to use public transport, walk or cycle. The site can also be accessed from the end of Burton Stone Lane and Burton Green.

Smarter York aims to help maintain a clean, green and safe environment for York. The initiative encourages and works with residents to create attractive neighbourhoods with a real sense of community and to tackle the things that can spoil our neighbourhoods for example littering or fly-tipping.

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