Nestled on top of the hill at Barnfield with sweeping views across the whole of Crediton, lies Westbank’s Community Allotment.

As part of our Healthy Neighbourhoods project, we have a mission to promote health and wellbeing in our communities, particularly for those suffering isolation or going through a difficult period in their lives, and this allotment is just the beginning.

When Healthy Neighbourhoods first joined the allotment space, it was overgrown and in need of some community TLC. With the help of our amazing volunteers and sessional worker Victoria, the team got to work clearing the ground, building raised beds from donated pallets, and planting delicious produce. But we didn’t stop there. After receiving funding from Devon County Council to create a group area and build a new shed we set to work on a monumental task of taking the top area of our allotment from a grassy hill to flat paving. After much digging, flattening, and heavy lifting of paving slabs thanks to the tremendous effort of our volunteers and the help of Andrew Drayton from the Tesco Community Team we have created a space for everyone in our neighbourhood to enjoy. As our allotment has started to take shape, we invited Councillor Michael Szabo down to see how the hard work has been paying off.

Councillor Szabo had some very kind words to say, commenting;

“The site looks very good and you are doing a great service to the town by having this amenity available for the local people. Great job!”.

The great outdoors and the satisfaction of growing your own can bring great joy and people of all ages together. We aim to provide a thriving allotment with incredible opportunities for our community to learn and develop basic horticultural skills in a supportive environment. We can cover anything from learning about healthy eating, recycling and environmental sustainability right down to how to grow the tallest sunflower or make a terrifying scarecrow.

Our allotment is suitable for all to come down and turn their hand at growing their own. All produce grown at our allotment will be available to those in need in our community, so if you would like to get involved please get in touch.

Contact:

Katheryn Hope, Westbank Volunteer and Activity Coordinator t:01395 446896 e: [email protected]