Potters Rest is safe hub for community

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Green-fingered Blackpool residents celebrated the opening of a new dementia-friendly allotment site 18 months in the making.

Patch-holders at David Slack Allotments cut the ribbon at ‘Potters Rest’, a raised allotment site with an accompanying cafe, on Sunday.

The site will be open to community groups supporting elderly people, people with Alzheimers and dementia, anddisabled people, as well as scouts and girl guide clubs.

It will also be used for on-site celebrations and events, including the allotment’s annual apple press, which will take place on August 27.

David Slack Allotments committee member Pamela Harrison said: “This project has made life so much easier for us. Prior to this we had to depend on a big gazebo and it took us two days to put it up for our open day, and now we have got this area.”

The project was made possible by an £8,000 grant from Tesco and a £700 donation from the Palatine Rotary Club in Blackpool.

Pamela said: “We had to meet a certain criteria to be awarded the grant. We have already had visitors down on site and now what we want to do is publicise the fact that we are now ready to take these groups.

“There is a gentleman onsite who is in an Alzheimers group and they are already in the process of organising a visit to us, as well as members of the church supported by Palatine Rotary Club, so it will be enjoyed by community groups.”

Groups that wish to make use of the new allotment are asked to call the David Slack committee on 07950 222627.