Cash boost for First Avenue Allotments in Harlow

Communities / Mon 20th Jun 2022 at 09:46am

UK Government’s 25-year Environmental Plan has been put in place to improve the UK’s air and water quality and protect our many threatened plants, trees and wildlife species.

The environment plan sets out their goals for improving the environment within a generation and leaving it in a better state than we found it. It details how the government will work with communities and businesses to do this by setting targets like carbon zero by 2050, reduce emissions by 2030, making sure that there are high quality, accessible, natural spaces close to where people live and work, particularly in urban areas, and encouraging more people to spend time in them to benefit their health and wellbeing and focusing on increasing action to improve the environment from all sectors of society.

First Avenue Allotment has 63 fully tenanted plots.

A spokesperson said: “we have a very diverse ethnic demographic and 40% of plots are held by young families. The allotment provides people with the opportunity to have an outside space to cultivate, learn new skills, keep fit gain an appreciation for nature and wildlife as well as having the opportunity to socialise helping to improve both physical and mental health. 

First Avenue Allotment only receives a small percentage from the plot rents and takes opportunities to raise extra income to help our volunteer site management committee to improve the site for all plot holders, have the most eco-friendly approach possible and reducing our carbon footprint.

“To help us on our journey to become completely eco-friendly and have a minimal carbon footprint we are pleased to announce that we have been given funding by the National Lottery Community Fund.

“On behalf of all the plot holders at First Avenue Allotment and the local residents we would like to thank all the National Lottery players, without which we would not have been able to create our eco-friendly allotment. 

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