MP’s gift set to support new allotments

20 February 2012

A successful allotment group in Boroughbridge has received a boost from local MP Andrew Jones.

Mr Jones, who planted a commemorative tree at the opening of the allotments last May, won £250 of garden centre vouchers at a parliamentary reception sponsored by B&Q. Remembering the Boroughbridge Allotment Society’s ambition to develop more allotments on the site Mr Jones contacted local councillor and allotment-keeper Robert Windass to see if they could put the vouchers to good use.

Mr Jones (left) presenting the vouchers – contained in a mini-watering can – to Society Chairman, Ian Maltby, Councillor Windass and members of the Boroughbridge Allotments Society at the weekend


Now the Society is to use the vouchers to run water into a new section beyond the current extent of the site so they can open up more allotments.

Mr Jones commented:

There are always long queues for allotments and when I won the vouchers I immediately thought of the Boroughbridge scheme. The community and town council worked so hard to set the allotments up and I wanted to offer my continuing support to them. Donating the vouchers so that more allotments could be opened seemed an ideal way to do that.

Local Councillor Robert Windass added:

This was a very welcome gift from Andrew. As an allotment-holder myself I know just how useful this donation will be in opening up more plots for local people.


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