For a number of years, Cleator Moor Town Council has had a growing list of people interested in allotment gardening. In 2010 council members agreed to address this issue, by developing a piece of waste ground adjacent to the current allotment site at High Street. The project will provide additional growing space, new pathways and a community seating area.
Cleator Moor Town Council also provided the land and officer time to develop the project. NHS Cumbria gave permission for the Town Council to recycle a redundant fence around the proposed new Clinic site, and West Coast Composting donated 184 tonnes of recycled matter to enrich the soil on site.
Starting the project in February 2011, during some difficult weather conditions slowed the progress considerably. But improvements to the existing footpaths and the development of 22 new plots forged ahead.
Helen Gilmour, Cleator Moor Town Council and Project Lead said “ The project has brought together a strong local partnership with the work being carried out by Cleator Moor based, Works 4 You. The development of a community garden association, bulb planting with the local youth group and tree planning work with the assistance of Copeland Borough Council and the Tree Council all took place. Cleator Moor Town Council provided a dedicated plot for Inspira’s young people to manage, and also one for Blue Skies Community Support Group. All this helped to create a fully inclusive community project.”
Other funding was provided by Cumbria Housing Partnership, Big Lottery Fund Awards For All, Home Group, The Neighbourhood Forum and the Town Council providing the initial funding to attract the above match funding.