More than ten gardeners have been recognised for their growing success at Nunnery Hill Community Allotments.
The gardeners, who all have plots in the allotments in Dungannon Park, received rosettes for their achievements in 6 categories, including ‘overall best kept plot’ and ‘best use of space’, as well as ‘most wildlife friendly allotment’ and ‘biggest vegetable grown’.
The allotments are run by Mid Ulster District Council and were opened in 2011 in an unused area of the park, with 8 half size and 5 full size plots.
Marking their achievements in the past year, the gardeners were congratulated by Chair of the Council, Councillor Linda Dillon:
“Allotments have such great appeal for anyone interested in cultivating their own fruit and vegetables, but they also become gathering places for the local community, where people meet, talk, share experiences and grow friendships as well as food. I’m delighted that so many people are benefiting from using the space here”.
Support for the project is also provided by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) who have been working at the allotments for a number of years developing a growing space for local people to use, thanks to funding from the Public Health Agency to help drive the use of green space for multiple benefits.
The project to develop the allotments received funding under the Landfill Communities Fund through Groundwork NI.
While all plots in the allotments are currently full, there is a waiting list for applicants and anyone interested is encouraged to register to allow the level of demand for allotments to be assessed.
For more information about the Nunnery Hill Allotments or to join the waiting list, contact Mid Ulster District Council's Sustainability Manager on 03000 132 132 or click here.