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Burntwood pub offers up land for allotments

allotmentdiggingA pub near Burntwood is offering people the chance to own an allotment.

The Nelson is hoping to offer an unused field near the pub as part of the Landshare scheme.

In an advert posted on the website of the Channel 4-backed scheme, The Nelson’s owners wrote:

“We have a large field which sits on our land, that is currently not used. We want to put five allotment plots (15m x 15m) on, which will be given away to some green-fingered locals. The site is currently a bit of a mess, which means there is quite a bit of work to be done to turn them into working allotments, so only apply if that’s something your willing to put in.

“All we ask in return is that you tend to our gardens on a weekly basis and sell us any excess produce, which we can then use in our kitchens. The only other restriction is that a muzzle loader gun club use the field on a Sunday morning until 12noon, which means that access would be restricted between the hours of 9am and 12pm every other Sunday.”

The Landshare scheme aims to bring together landowners and gardeners and has grown to a community of more than 45,000 members across the UK.

The owners of The Nelson explained why they are so keen to give up some of their land:

“Fresh local produce is paramount to us – we currently keep 11 ex-battery farm chickens which keep us well stocked with fresh free range eggs. We are hoping that by having five working allotments on our doorstep it will enhance our fresh local menu.”

For more information, visit the Nelson’s listing on the Landshare website.

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1 Comment

  1. Darren

    8th June, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Great idea. If my brother and I could have a plot each we would gladly volunteer our services to clear the hole site and prep it for allotments. I live in Lichfield and he lives in Cannock so this would suit us ideally.