Community has a lot to celebrate

A COMMUNITY allotment project is being set up in Thropton.

The village first school is getting together with other residents to develop a plot of land which has been given by Cragside Estates on a peppercorn lease.

A quarter of an acre of land has been made available and planning consent has been given for the land to be used as an allotment.

The school is creating a shared allotment with raised beds and polytunnel, along with a small eco-system to harvest and distribute rainwater.

Headteacher Susan McLean said: “The area will be great for the children as an educational tool, we will be producing food for our own kitchen as well as learning how to grow, getting out into the fresh air and involving other members of the local community.”

Funding is limited and an appeal is being made for anyone who has spare plants, seeds, equipment or even a polytunnel or shed to donate material to the project. People from the Thropton and Rothbury areas who would like to help can contact the school on 01669 620297.

Anyone from experienced gardeners to complete novices will be welcomed as we intend that whole scheme will be one big learning experience.