Allotment holders celebrate new accessible raised beds at Cherry Orchard

Published: 16 May 2018

Allotment holders in Slough are celebrating the opening of new refurbished raised beds at Cherry Orchard to help people with disabilities and the elderly grow their own produce.

The refurbished raised beds came about after volunteers from Morgan Sindall and SUR (Slough Urban Renewal) were working at the site in late 2016.

Morgan Sindall kept in touch and have since been helping with general maintenance, spraying the weeds and overgrowth, painting the blocks, replacing the capping and adding top soil to each bed.

In total they have refurbished 12 beds.

The raised beds are now ready for keen gardeners to start growing their produce.

Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for environment and leisure, said: “Our allotment sites are really popular, with some now full for the first time ever. More and more people are recognising the benefits of growing you own produce for a healthier diet and the exercise in gardening.

“I am delighted Morgan Sindall have been helping the allotment holders at Cherry Orchard to create more accessible raised beds and I look forward to seeing the produce that will be grown in them.”

Karl Hoffman, development manager, Morgan Sindall, said: “The raised beds look great, they are a fantastic opportunity for green fingered people to get stuck into growing their own produce.

“It was a pleasure to work with Stoke Road and District Allotment and Garden Association and I am keen to see all the raised beds let out following the rejuvenation work.”

Trevor Allen, Stoke Road and District Allotment & Garden Association, said: “The beds had stood derelict for many years and we were, as an association keen to see them in use by disabled people.

“The restoration work means that they can be made available to people who are currently denied the opportunity to grow their own produce.

“We have beds to suit both people in wheelchairs and those who can stand, drinking water available at the beds and a shelter for inclement weather.

“The shelter was kindly provided by Morgan Sindall previously. In conjunction with the council, five mini-allotments are now to be developed for those more able, who want to participate in allotment gardening. These will be alongside the disabled beds.”