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People with learning disabilities to get green-fingered as unused Newark allotments leased to charity


By Rachel Armitage


People living with learning disabilities will soon be able to get green-fingered after being leased a section of unused allotments.

Newark Town Council voted unanimously at a finance and general purposes committee to approve the lease of allotments on the Hawton Road east site to learning disability charity Reach.

The charity’s branches include Newark and Southwell and supports people with learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities to get green-fingered as unused Newark allotments leased to charity.
People with learning disabilities to get green-fingered as unused Newark allotments leased to charity.

The allotment site was previously occupied by the Eton Avenue Growers Association for more than ten years, with husband and wife team Gillie and George Wilkinson driving the group forward.

The couple have now announced they are retiring and with no-one else available to carry on running the group, representatives from Reach approached the town council to ask to use the site for horticultural activities with clients.

This will include training and gaining experience for the clients in the growing and care of vegetables.

Town councillor Mr Jay Henderson said at the meeting: “I am more than happy to accept the charity’s application, and that Reach had proven to be more than capable as a charity.

“I have no objections and I am more than happy to accept this proposal.”

The council agreed to lease the allotments to Reach for a period of ten years, with a five year break clause, and it will be on the same free of charge basis as the Eton Avenue Growers group.

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