Allotments for Kings Hill
With many areas of the UK seeing allotments sold off for development, Liberty Property Trust UK is bucking the trend by donating land to Kings Hill Parish Council for their provision.
Together with development partner Kent County Council, Liberty has provided over 1.3 acres, adjacent to the Kings Hill Sports Park, which the parish council is intending to divide into 75 allotments.
Extra land has been set aside for more allotments as the next phase of development at Kings Hill will see the community grow and there is likely to be increased demand for them.
“We feel Kings Hill could be described as the first modern ‘garden village’ with its masterplanned mix of business park, homes and community amenities – the allotments are an important addition for the community,” said Andrew Blevins, Liberty’s managing director.
“The number of allotment plots in the country has fallen from a peak of 1.4 million in 1949 to around 150,000 today. But the popularity of TV gardening programmes, such as the BBC’s ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’, has sparked new interest and so we are delighted to be able to donate this land to the community. Gardening is also a good way to exercise.”
Cllr Ray Cassidy, Chairman of Kings Hill Parish Council’s Amenities Committee said:
“Works to transform the area to 75 allotments will begin when planning permission and grant funding has been secured.
“Construction is likely to start this autumn and the Parish Council is very much looking forward to releasing the plots to the allotment holders and seeing the first year’s vegetables and flowers growing on Kings Hill Allotments.”