In 2017 we teamed up with student's from Castle Manor Academy, Suffolk Mind and the Royal Horticultural Society to turn a derelict site into a community allotment.
The site has several raised beds filled with a variety of fruit and veg, a pollinator-attracting border, pond and a willow tree seat, created by local artist Liz Cooke working with Castle Manor students.
The Adult Signpost project run by Haverhill Town Council use the site to run community allotment sessions. The project supports adults at risk of having mental health problems or suffering from low mood. The sessions help to improve wellbeing and confidence through time outside, learning new skills and building friendships. In addition, the Signpost project offers support and guidance to provide young people with the skills they require to be successful.
We are looking to include other community groups and residents in the allotment. Get in touch if you have any ideas!
‘The Jubilee Allotment Project has encouraged a number of young people in Haverhill to engage with support services throughout town - ending potential social isolation, building relationships and learning new skills; some of these young people have moved on to engage in volunteering, others have continued on to further courses/training and one has gone on to achieve employment’.
Dan Cooke, Apprentice to the Youth Skills Manager