Mucking in to boost Hunslet plots

Hunslet Carr Residents Association with Hunslet Carr Primary pupils.
Hunslet Carr Residents Association with Hunslet Carr Primary pupils.
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A community’s successful dig for victory has secured funding to renovate overgrown allotments in Hunslet.

Members of Hunslet Carr Residents Association and local school pupils will roll up their sleeves and muck in to transform the Woodhouse Hill plots which have been neglected for over five years.

They group secured £12,000 of funding for the project to transform the site from Leeds City Council.

Hunslet Carr Primary school will be given a plot for the pupils to maintain and grow their own food.

As part of the Government’s School Food Plan the school hopes to use the vegetables grown at the plot in their school dinners.

Hunslet Carr Primary headteacher Paul Tyson said the plot will help children nurture skills for life.

He said: “We are delighted with the opportunity that this allotment is going to provide for our school, especially with it being only a short distance away.

“The chance to grow their own vegetables will give the children life skills that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to gain.”

Additional funding for the project will be sourced from Housing Leeds and local developer contributions.

Local councillor Patrick Davey (Lab, City and Hunslet) said:“The abandoned allotment plots on Woodhouse Hill had become an eyesore and a magnet for litter, with our funding they can be turned into a great inner city green space for the local community to use.

“I’m delighted that Hunslet Carr Residents Association and Hunslet Carr Primary School will be using one of the plots which will bring school children and local residents together to learn how to grow their own food and the importance of healthy eating.”