Disused allotment in Hartlepool transformed by Prince’s Trust students

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A DISUSED allotment has been transformed into a safe and fun place for foster children after two weeks of hard work by young volunteers.

A team of Prince’s Trust students have celebrated the completion of the Allot of Love community project at Stranton allotments in Hartlepool.

Their efforts were made a lot easier thanks to the generosity of Hartlepool fabrication firm Heerema and GDS Technologies who gave the students £4,000.

The cash paid for a new fence and equipment to landscape the site off Brierton Lane.

Heerema bosses returned to the plot to see the fruits of the Prince’s Trust Team 34 labour.

The community project was part of the students Prince’s Trust 12 week personal development course designed to build their confidence and motivation and help them find employment.

Course leader Kelly Henderson said: “The allotment plot is unrecognisable.

“To think that only a few weeks ago the site was a jungle of weeds and a dumping ground of unwanted rubbish.

“The students have worked incredibly hard for two weeks to ensure the project was completed in time.

“They designed the plot, raised the funds to complete the work and carried out some really difficult tasks without complaining once to ensure it was a success.

“Without the dedication and hard work of Team 34 the allotment probably would not have been completed until next year at least.

“The allotment will make a significant difference to the lives of the young people in the local community that will be accessing it.”

In just two weeks, 14 large skips of rubbish have been removed.

The offer of a free JCB for a day levelled the site to help create a central path and remove 100ft of old fencing and tree stumps.

The plot now has new paths and a vegetable patch with pumpkins ready for a Halloween party.

A poly tunnel and nature pond will be installed over the next few weeks.

The allotment will open its doors to local foster children soon and provide them with an opportunity to learn gardening skills, grow vegetables and take part in various activities.

Project leaders also thanked MKM, Speedyhire, Scott Bros, Sweet Ps Garden Centre, Plants R Ross and other allotment holders for their support.

Anyone wanting information on how to access the allotment can contact Kelly Henderson on 07881717371.

The next Prince’s Trust course starts in September. For more information call (01429) 235817.