Rhandiroedd Nantporth Allotments in Bangor have created 30 new allotment plots for the city’s 19,000 residents. The sustainable resource is available for people to grow their own food locally, The Bangor Aye website reports. Just over half the plots have already been allocated, but the rest are still up for grabs for the green fingered.
The site is at Nantporth, near the city’s football ground. Until recently, there was almost no allotment provision for the city, apart from a small site which was reserved for the exclusive use of the Maesgeirchen estate residents.
Rhandiroedd Nantporth Allotments is a community volunteer organisation, which secured £10,000 funding from the Welsh government last year. The group have already created a community orchard last autumn, after leasing former agricultural land at Holyhead Road from Gwynedd County Council.
Gwen Thomas, a committee member who has been instrumental in moving the project forward said: “Our work for a venture of this kind has been ongoing for many years and there is real appetite for a green space where people can socialise at a distance, exercise in the fresh air and create sustainable food.”
The funding for the scheme was part of the wider Social Farms & Gardens project which is ongoing across Wales and other areas of the UK. Gwynedd, Wrexham and Swansea were identified by the scheme as areas in Wales where there is a significant shortage of allotment provision, and the funding has so far targeted these places.
There is a growing demand for allotment spaces, particularly since the pandemic, as people seek safe and sustainable ways to socialise outdoors, improve their mental wellbeing, get more fresh air, and grow fresh nutritious food without the need to travel to a supermarket.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Bangor allotments, the group can be contacted at Tyfu.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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