Date Added: 02/12/2013
Saturday 30 November 2013 was a sad day in the history of Sandy Allotments. The Council's allotment site at Stratford Road was finally closed to tenants and over 30 years of allotment gardening on this "temporary" site came to an end. Plotholders marked the occasion with a communal barbeque and bonfire which was attended by the Town Mayor, Cllr Susan Sutton.
The site is closing because the land is needed for an extension to the Sandy Cemetery. The old allotment site was only just over two acres in size and there is far greater demand for allotments in Sandy than can be accommodated on this plot. The Town Council is exploring other potential sites and would be delighted to hear from landowners or agencies who may be able to offer agricultural land for sale or lease within the parish boundary.
Mayor Susan Sutton said "It is proving very difficult to find a new and suitable site depite intensive efforts by the Council. Allotment gardening is beneficial is so many ways, it promotes healthy eating, exercise, contributes to local sustainability and is also very enjoyable. There was a wonderful community spirit at the Stratford Road site. I have every hope that we will find a new site and be able to continue this traditional activity as soon as possible."
If you would like to add your name to our waiting list for an allotment plot, please let us know. Although we don't have a site yet keeping an active waiting list helps us to demonstrate to other agencies including Central Bedfordshire Council just how great is the demand for public allotments in Sandy. You can email us on [email protected] or ring us 01767 681491.