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Rutland Showground in Oakham will host a community allotment in partnership with Root-and-Branch Out




A community allotment will be created at Rutland Showground to help the wider public engage with nature.

The Rutland Agricultural Society has teamed up with the community interest company Root-and-Branch Out for the flagship scheme.

A 1.4 acre site at the showground in Oakham will be transformed from a grassed field to an accessible growing space for the community.

David Wood hands over the keys of the community allotment to Root-and-Branch Out directors Alex Wilby and Claire Crowley
David Wood hands over the keys of the community allotment to Root-and-Branch Out directors Alex Wilby and Claire Crowley

It will showcase different methods of growing edible and flowering crops to enhance the area's wildlife, increase educational opportunities and promote a sense of wellbeing.

The chairman of Rutland Agricultural Society, David Wood, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Root-and-Branch Out. The society is all about food and farming in Rutland and this project demonstrates this in such a practical way.

“Root-and-Branch Out has strong local networks and will no doubt be able to draw people in to work together and to work with the seasons in growing food and enhancing the green space for people and biodiversity.”

Activities could start in April when some coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

The site will be developed over five years with plans to include raised beds, keyhole beds, soft fruit, trees, wildflower meadows, water harvesting and seating.

The project has been supported by The Local Connections Fund.

The community allotment will be open for volunteer days, workshops and education events.

Any individuals or groups which would like to be involved can email:rootandbranchout@gmail.com or find the organisation on Facebook.

Root-and-Branch Out is also responsible for the community fridge schemes in Oakham and Uppingham.



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