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A community allotment scheme operating on land owned by Shepherd Neame has received a grant of more than £6,000 from the National Lottery.
The 29 plots on the previously unused field behind the Plough Inn at Brabourne Lees, near Ashford is now a thriving green-fingered community – and the Awards For All grant of £6,639 means the allotment’s success is set to grow.
Things got under way last year when the parish council contacted Shepherd Neame – who had already made land available for such a scheme at the Harrow in Knockholt – to enquire if they had an available plot.
The site – a field behind the pub’s children’s play area - was leased by the parish council and enthusiastic gardeners quickly came forward.
Parish clerk Sue Wood (pictured right) said: “It is above and beyond our expectations. We are thrilled to bits. We have 29 allotment holders and people are still coming forward.”
The money will be used to install a water supply, to erect a communal shed and to help construct raised beds.
Plough Inn licensee Sally Duncan (pictured left), who runs the pub with her daughter Bonnie, hopes to buy some freshly-produced ingredients from allotment holders for use in the pub’s meals – and to credit the grower and his or her proud contribution on the specials’ boards.
She said: “I’m extremely happy with the idea of the allotment scheme. I am really pleased that the land, which was unused, is now looking really good and that villagers are getting something good out of it.”