Gardeners from Red Machine Allotment site in Sunderland are officially the pick of the bunch – after sowing the seeds for double success. For not only are plot holders delighted by a bumper harvest this year – but they are also celebrating after scooping a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery. The grant will pay for environmental improvements to the site and it will contribute towards the £13,000 cost of new fencing.
This is a brilliant bit of news for the plot holders and the wider local community. It will help us complete the project to renew our internal fencing. It caps a wonderful summer for plot holders who have harvested bountiful fruit and vegetable crops.
- Mark Greenfield, chair of the Allotment Association (AA).
Work is planned to start in late autumn 2018 – once the last £3,000 has been raised. The Allotment Association is to contribute a portion of the balance, but needs additional funds. Any donation, however small, would be appreciated.
We are pleased to have gained this award – which is only made possible by all those who play the National Lottery. We would like to thank all of them for their support. We also hope our success encourages other community projects to apply for National Lottery funding.
- Tim Wright, secretary of the AA.
The land was once part of Red Machine Farm, which flourished as a dairy farm in Victorian times. In the 1920s, however, new homes were built on the fields. Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott today welcomed news of the National Lottery grant and said:
The hard-working plot holders of Red Machine really deserve this. Many people use gardening as a way of keeping fit and, of course, growing your own organic fruit and vegetables is also a positive contribution to a healthy lifestyle.The Red Machine site has been at the heart of keeping the people of Humbledon and High Barnes happy and healthy for decades. Long may its success continue.
For more information on the project, you can search The Big Lottery Funds Website to see recipients of all their funds.