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Gardeners in Stacksteads celebrate after securing allotment space
GARDENERS in Stacksteads are celebrating as a four-year campaign to secure allotment space looks set to be finalised.
Residents have acquired an area of land off Newchurch Road for development.
They are in the process of electing an organising committee to manage the site, which is on a patch of grass at the rear of the Knight & Boys Funeral Home.
Rosy Greenwood, interim secretary of the allotment group, said that although no licence had been issued yet, the group were optimistic about the next few months.
She said: “We are looking to develop the piece of land, and we would like to hear from anyone who wants one of the allotments that will be created, and people who want to get involved with the organising committee.
“There is a lot of work to be done, and we are looking to work with partners like colleges, Stubbylee Community Green-houses, and Offshoots, in Burnley.
“At our first meeting we had a lot of people interested.
“At the moment we’re looking at the option of having nine full-size plots, or 18 half-size ones.”
Bacup-based charity REAL is assisting the group in getting the project off the ground.
Community development worker Pat Smith said it was an opportunity to turn around a currently disused area of the village.
She said: “Allotments are a fantastic way for people to begin growing their own food.
“They are also a great way for young children to learn more about the food they eat.
“I would encourage people to join the group and offer whatever help they can to transform this rundown piece of land in Stacksteads into a resource to benefit local residents”
The group will meet at Rosem-ount Working Men’s Club, in Huttock End Lane, on Thursday, at 6pm.
People interested in the project can also contact Councillor Jackie Oakes, at Stacksteads Post Office.
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