Lottery grant paves the way for better access at High Peak allotment

Greenfingered growers at hague Barr allotments have been given a donation of more than a �1,000 from the National Lottery
Greenfingered growers at hague Barr allotments have been given a donation of more than a �1,000 from the National Lottery

A donation of nearly £2,000 from the National Lottery has helped improve access to a High Peak allotment site.

Improvements have taken place at New Mills Allotment and Gardening Society’s Hague Bar site, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme’s Big Lottery Fund.

Project co-ordinator Amanda Evans said: “We were thrilled to receive £1,732 in funding from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme, and this, along with the willingness of plot holders to give their time and share skills and expertise, has culminated in the project being a great success.

“The improved paths will benefit all plot holders and visitors, making the site safer and more accessible, especially during wet weather, as well as being easier to maintain.

“This was a very ambitious project, but there was a great feeling of camaraderie throughout, despite the heat and the labour-intensive work.”

A group of dedicated plot holders, working tirelessly over three very hot weekends earlier this month, carried out the work to improve pedestrian access along the central path and other communal areas, all of which became very muddy and dangerous in wet weather.

New drainage has been installed and the paths have been resurfaced using Netpave, a recycled plastic grid, and limestone chippings.

The allotment will be having an open day on Sunday July 14, between 1pm and 4pm, when there will be a children’s quiz and refreshments.