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Blooming welcome to 900th Member

Tue 13 Aug 2019

Support Staffordshire was delighted to welcome its 900th member, Eccleshall Allotments Association, during National Allotments Week 2019.

Anne Ross Locality Officer at Support Staffordshire said ‘We have been working with Eccleshall Allotments Association for a few months now so it’s very fitting we welcome them as our 900th member during National Allotments Week (12-18 August).  At a time where people are becoming more aware of their own health and wellbeing a project which gets people into the great outdoors as well as encouraging them to grow their own fresh produce must be applauded”

Eccleshall Allotments Association has been in existence for more than 40 years offering opportunities for local people to develop their gardening skills and grow their own produce.  Often thought of as an older person’s pastime in recent years the allotments have seen a rise in popularity amongst younger people and families.

Ron Milne Chairman of Eccleshall Allotments Association said ‘Support Staffordshire have been extremely supportive in helping us look at ways of applying for funding to help the allotments become more sustainable for future generations.  We are particularly keen to make the allotments more accessible for people with mobility problems and would like to create some raised beds as well as making the area more secure. There is a real community feel here and we are keen for more people to have the chance to reap the rewards of this wonderful environment.  We are hopeful that with Supports Staffordshire’s help we will be successful in our search for funding”

He added ‘Since contacting Support Staffordshire and becoming a member we have been able to network with other volunteers and groups in the area and would urge anyone who runs a local charity or community groups to get in touch with and find out about the benefits of becoming a member”

Support Staffordshire currently receives funding from Stafford Borough Council to support small local charities and community groups.

Support Staffordshire membership is currently FREE for eligible organisations and is available to most charities working for the benefit of Staffordshire

To find out more about becoming a Support Staffordshire member please visit www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk