Allotment needs help to unearth national gong

A COMMUNITY allotment project is in the running to win a national award – but now needs people’s votes so that it can grab glory.

Waverley Terrace Community Allotment has made it through to the finals of the prestigious Gardening Against the Odds awards, which is run by the Conservation Foundation in association with The Sunday Telegraph and Telegraph Gardening.

The allotment is one of 16 entries shortlisted in the awards which celebrate those who plant and grow against mental, physical or environmental odds.

Described by the judges as “a community garden in the true sense of the words”, the site provides opportunities to children and adults with physical and learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Darran Hutchinson, from Hartlepool Borough Council’s child and adult services department who oversees the allotment, said: “Gardeners at the site come from all walks of life and include people with drug and alcohol issues, mental health problems and learning and physical disabilities.

“It’s great to be shortlisted but it would be even better if we could go all the way and win the top award.

“The more that people vote for us in the online poll, the better our chance of winning.”

People can cast their 
vote in an online poll at

The deadline for votes to be cast is Friday, December 14.