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City centre ‘allotments’ scheme in line for funding

City centre spaces from Bold Street to the Baltic Triangle could be turned into community allotments as part of a new scheme.

The ‘My-City Allotment (Bluegreen Liverpool)’ project has been picked to receive a share of funding from the 5p carrier bag charge, which was launched last year, to help it get underway.

Supermarket Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its ‘Bags for Help’ initiative to distribute funds raised to community groups, and the scheme has been picked to receive a share of either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.

Elaine Cresswell, project manager of social enterprise Engage Liverpool’s My-City Allotment initiative, says: “We’ve come up with a network of spaces which are vacant but have no permission to be used yet, and there are around 20 sites between the Baltic Triangle and Bold Street.

“They could be used by residents and people without their own space but also start-up businesses and people wanting to use [plots] for horticultural therapy.”

Potential ‘allotment’ spaces in the city centre range from grass verges to land which hasn’t been built on or sold, and with the funding the project will aim to get started on planting fruit trees for children to pick on routes to schools; planting hanging gardens, climbers, sunflowers, strawberries and edible bulbs around the city centre; and supporting start-up businesses such as MY:CO Shitake Mushroom Growers and Nuts about Milk.

Elaine says the project will be able to progress once the money has been received; however a voting process is now underway until 6 March in the city’s Tesco supermarkets to decide which share of the funding it receives.

In the meantime Elaine says the initiative is “not a closed process” and members of the public wanting to be involved or suggest sites can come forward and help to “shape the project” .

City centre organisation The Brink is said to be among those which have already expressed an interest of making use of new growing spaces.

To get involved in the scheme email elaine@bluegreenliverpool.org.uk

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