Hough Green Allotment Association is set to flourish after being awarded over £900 in funding following a successful application to Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative.
The association, who work the allotments located off Birtley Court in Hough Green, Widnes, plan to use the money to fund improvements to their new multi-function cabin installed last year. The cabin provides a space for members of the association to hold social events, meetings and make refreshments. The planned changes, thanks to the funding include installing solar panels for electricity and purchasing table and chairs.
Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative makes available funding, skills, materials and resources to community projects and groups which benefit the Borough.
Debbie Jameson, Halton Housing customer engagement officer said: “This is a great example of how Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative continuing to assist local groups across the Borough to improve the landscape of Halton.
The allotment brings a host of opportunities for local residents including the opportunity to meet other local residents who have a collaborative interest in the outdoors and gardening. We want to encourage better ownership of local green spaces, developed by and used by local people creating a greater sense of satisfaction and achievement in the local community.”
Ian Allison, Hough Green Allotment Association chairman said: “We are delighted that our funding application was successful. Our aim is to advance the education of the public in theories and practice of horticulture and to improve the area for exercise and recreation for allotment holders, their families and the wider Halton network. We hate waste and offer our surplus crop to the foodbank. We are hoping that our new improved facilities will encourage more members.”
Last year, Halton Housing handed over a community allotment to four local residents. This allotment, located off Grangeway in Runcorn, was created by Halton Housing, following the development of 40 affordable rent homes nearby.
If you or someone you know run a community-based project that could benefit from the support of Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative, whether it’s a refurb of a scout hut, a kitchen makeover in a community centre, or a hospice garden in need of some tlc, get in touch today for an application form. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit haltonhousing.org/your-community/helpinghands for further information.
From left to right: Halton Housing customer engagement officer, Debbie Jameson, Hough Green Allotment Association treasurer Fred Boyd, chairman Ian Allison and customer engagement assistant, Hannah Ireland outside the new multi-function cabin.
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