Fishponds allotment holders help feed people in need

September 02 2020
Fishponds allotment holders help feed people in need

TENANTS of Thingwall Park allotments have been helping to keep families in need fed over the summer.

They started earlier this year by setting up a community space to grow extra fruit and veg for Fishponds' food bank.

When lockdown made it difficult to meet, tenants decided to donate fresh produce from their own allotments instead. As the food bank, which is based at Fishponds Baptist Church, could not accept perishable goods the fruit and veg sold from a front garden, raising £250 for food bank funds.

Fruit and veg donations have also been given direct to St Luke’s Lunch, a project in Barton Hill that aims to provide food for 30 of the poorest families in the school holidays.

Allotment site rep Irene Blessitt said: "The fresh produce has been welcomed.

"Thingwall Park allotmenters have donated potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, Swiss chard, courgettes, cabbage, plums, apples and pears, to name but a few."

The donations were due to stop as schools reopen and the amount of produce declines, with the allotment holders assessing the project and planning for next year.

Above: Produce from Thingwall Park allotments

Main picture: Lotte Tui King and Finley King help out on an allotment