Allotment site in south Leeds reopens after makeover

Caption: (L-R) - Denis Manning (Secretary of Rothwell Allotment Association), Ethel Walton, Janice Thropp, Andrew Wilson (all from Ardsley and Robin Hood Residents' Association) and Councillor Jack Dunn.

An old allotment site in south Leeds has reopened after being given a new lease of life by Leeds City Council.

Springwell Cottage Allotments, which is located off Leadwell Lane in Robin Hood, has seen a raft of improvements undertaken to restore the land to its former glory. This included the re-grading of the land and installation of a new security fence.

This followed concerns that were raised by the local community to the council that with the land appearing to be derelict, it could potentially become a target for anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

With allotments continuing to be very popular across the city, this refurbishment will offer local residents in the area with a chance to acquire a plot. Already, 10 plots have been offered to people on the waiting list, with more available to anyone who wishes to apply on a strictly first come, first serve basis.

On hand to officially open the site was Leeds City Council’s lead member for environmental services Cllr Jack Dunn, who was joined by members of the Robin Hood Residents' Association and Rothwell Allotment Federation.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for environmental services said:

“It was a real honour to reopen Springwell Cottage allotments, which following its refurbishment is looking absolutely fantastic.

“This site has been regarded by some local residents as a potentially problem area for some time now, and I am delighted therefore that the council, working closely with the Ardsley and Robin Hood Residents' Association, has brought this land back into use for allotments.

“There is huge enthusiasm for allotments from residents in areas right across the city, and it is no different in Robin Hood. Already, 10 plots have been allocated at Springwell Cottage to people on the waiting list and the good news is that there are still more available, but please be quick as they will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis.”

Notes to editors:

If you would like further information or are interested in taking on an allotment in Leeds, please contact Leeds City Council, Parks and Countryside service, Tel: 0113 3957400 or email parks@leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk