Firth Park Community Allotment is delighted to have been accepted into the local supermarket Co-op’s Community Fund, with the aim to help fund the site’s daily operation.

The community funding scheme would give 1% of the purchase to the community allotment to improve their site whenever Co-op members buy the market’s own brand.

The community allotment was started in 2005 and used to be a double allotment with a hedge in the middle but it is extended into four plots currently and organized by Heeley City Farm and carries out planning and planting work.

Dorothy Rodman, the manager of Firth Park Allotment, said: “The local families would bring their toddlers to the site, they would do lots of digging, harvesting, planting, cooking and eating the healthy food.

“This project was initially funded by the “Sure Start” initiative for the first seven years and launched in Firth Park to combine the isolated families together and pursue a healthier eating habit.”

Ms Rodman also said: “Between February half term and October half term, and all the spring and summer, we have families and children on site.

“Between November and February, it’s just volunteers because we have no water and electricity on site, so it’s not warm for children.

“The money from the Co-op’s Community fund could help to employ a veg patch seasonal worker for the kids and purchase materials for volunteers.

“We are trying to get more people aware of us and choose us as their charity. Our local supermarket here is Co-op, it’s great because we think all the community will support us.”

As a satellite station of the Heeley City Farm, the Firth Park Allotment specialized in providing the families and children in the community a place to grow the plants and children could learn the knowledge of the creatures in the soil as well.

The allotment welcomes volunteers good at childcare or those who have a profound knowledge on ecology to join.

They are also looking for simple recipes on crops such as chard, kale, gooseberry and rhubarb and hope to find people who are good at drawing dragons to help decorate the site.

For those interested, contact Dorothy by emailing dotrodman@heeleyfarm.org.uk or call 07985421346.