Calverley allotments get £500 to help rebuild accessible veg beds

Crumbling raised beds at Gatescroft Allotments

Calverley Horticultural Society, which runs the Gatescroft Allotments, has been awarded £500 by Morley Glass and Glazing’s Green Vision Fund to help replace raised beds for people with access issues.

The site, on Carr Road, has 49 allotments, with six raised beds. The six were built by Leeds City Council 11 years ago to cater for people with mobility issues, learning difficulties and community groups who couldn’t access the regular allotments.

Since then, they have been fully-let and there is a waiting list. But, says treasurer Nathan Crossley, the wooden sleepers have reached the end of their lives and will have to be replaced.

The cost of replacing them all, excluding labour, will be just under £6000. The Society plans to apply for grants or gifts to pay for new raised beds in steel, which will last longer and be easier to build.

“We are all volunteers and the Society doesn’t have the funds to pay for a replacement on this scale. Though we aim to keep costs down by doing the work ourselves,” said Nathan.

First to offer help were Morley Glass and Glazing, who have a Green Vision Fund to support West Yorkshire charities and not-for-profit organisations who provide social benefits to the community. They have already supported Calverley Brownies to plant flower beds in Victoria Park.

“We are very grateful to Morley Glass, who have given us £500, it’s helped us launch our fundraising drive, we hope more will follow,” said Nathan.

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