Chapel field turned into allotments a success for food production and wildlife

14 August 2020

A grow-your-own community has flourished in Cumbria after a Methodist Church decided to turn its weedy chapel field over to allotments. 

The local parish council was looking for a site for allotments and now eight years after Wetheral Methodist Church offered their field, the plots are full of produce and wildlife.

Manure has been delivered annually and there are several compost bins on site so the earth has been improved year on year.

A wildlife pond has also been made at the bottom of the field where there was a 'wet spot'.

There’s a propagation tunnel for seedlings and tomato plants and the now redundant boiler house attached to the back of the church has been given to the allotmenteers for storage.

The allotments have even taken part in the local Open Gardens scheme.

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