Gardeners are reaping the benefits of a £17,000 investment in a Blackpool allotment.
The cash is being ploughed into new facilities at the Acregate Allotments, off Keasden Road, South Shore, to encourage more people to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
A new pathway and toilet facilities have been unveiled following the first phase of work funded by a £10,000 Lottery grant, area forum funding of £4,000 and a contribution of £3,000 from the budget of Highfield ward councillors Lily Henderson and Peter Hunter.
Phase two, which is due to begin in September, will see an open water course piped and another pathway installed. Tommy Ferris, chairman of the Acregate Allotment Association, said: “This is going to make a big difference and give us much better access to the plots.
“Previously it was very difficult and the land would often be under a foot of water and you certainly couldn’t get a wheelbarrow down there.
“It’s now working a treat.”
It is hoped the improvements will eventually allow the association to invite school children to the site to learn more about growing food.
Coun Henderson said: “What we want to do is recognise the importance of allotments and the important part they can play in food growth.
“The Allotment Association is also looking at bringing in school children for educational visits about food production and that is something that could be really beneficial.”
Coun Hunter added: “It’s important to preserve as much green space as possible.
“I believe allotments are something that should be paid a lot more attention to in this day and age to encourage local food production and people, and particularly young people, to learn about where food comes from.” There are 31 plots at Acregate including one that has belonged to the same holder for 52 years.