The Brundall Parish Allotments opened in October 14. Please see the link to the Brundall Allotment Association website for details on how to acquire an allotment plot:
Allotments in decline – but not in Brundall . . .
Nationally, the number of allotments in cultivation has fallen from its peak of 1.5 million in 1945 to 250,000 today. But Brundall, to the East of Norwich, is bucking the trend, and October 18th sees the official opening of its new allotment site in 5 acres of its Countryside Park. There are 66 signed-up allotmenteers (some having half a plot). They are of all ages and backgrounds, and some plots are being worked by whole families.
After planning permission was given by Broadland District Council and security fencing put in place, the first task was to mark the field out with its 54 plots. Although it had been ploughed in the summer, the weeds had grown, and when the plot-holders took possession of their ‘little piece of Norfolk’ they set about removing the weeds, double-digging, manuring the soil and planting whatever is appropriate for the Autumn weather – as well as some things that are probably not.
Although allotments can look boring, the sense of excitement among the Brundall suburbanites committed to re-connecting to their rural roots has been palpable. It is an activity that is health-giving, provides them and their families with food to eat, and forges new friendships with people they’d never met before. In a village that is not well-endowed with outdoor recreational pursuits, it is a splendid illustration of the value of the Government’s localism agenda.
The Chairman of the Parish Council, Professor Martin Davies, said: “The allotments could not have happened without the generosity of the developers, Persimmon, who made available funds from their Brundall building site on The Pastures to fuel the Parish Council’s policy of creating more recreational opportunities for the village. And they could not have happened without the willingness of Norfolk County Council’s NPS division to lease the land (previously used for farming) to the Parish Council on a 21-year tenancy.”
As well as the allotments, and thanks to the generosity of the Forestry Commission and the Woodland Trust, the Parish Council will shortly plant 1500 broad-leaved trees on another part of the field to create community woodland and orchards in the Countryside Park.
A third use of the 12.6 acre field is planned for May 2015 if the Council’s negotiations with parkrun UK enable it to launch a weekly Saturday-morning Brundall parkrun on the site.
Enquiries to: Brundall Parish Council Chairman, Martin Davies, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or to the Chairman of the Brundall Allotments Association, Gill Buckley on 01603 717064