Blooming good idea to turn unused garden into allotments

October 04 2016

A GARDEN at the back of the Old Reading Rooms in Chipping Sodbury is set to be given a new role as an allotment site.

A GARDEN at the back of the Old Reading Rooms in Chipping Sodbury is set to be given a new role as an allotment site.
The Sodbury in Bloom team is keen for local residents to use it to grow plants for use in the town’s floral displays, as well as cultivating fruit and vegetables.
The site is at the back of Sodbury Town Council’s office in High Street and although the authority pays “considerable costs” for the upkeep of the garden, it said it made no use of it.
Having been approached by the Sodbury in Bloom group, it is enthusiastic about making the plot available for use by the community, especially as there is a waiting list for formal allotments in the town.
It is believed the garden had been put to allotment use in the past.
Ian Gething, South Gloucestershire Council’s conservation officer, said: “The proposal would appear to be a good use of this historic burgage plot associated with the grade two* listed building.
“The garden, judging by aerial photographs, was historically used as allotments, later reverting to a plain, lawned garden.
“The proposed use of the site for a community garden associated with Sodbury in Bloom would make positive use of this space.”