St. Anne’s on the Sea Town Council and Shepherd Road Allotments Society are delighted to announce the official opening of Ernie’s View at Shepherd Road, by St. Anne’s Town Council Mayor, Karen Harrison. Mayor Harrison spoke warmly of the benefits that keeping an allotment has, “A garden returns 50 times the investment you put into it. Not just food, but joy, peace and a real connection with creation…”. She also thanked the Shepherd Road Allotment Society for their ongoing work on the site.
During the festivities of the Open Day, Mayor Harrison also planted a Tree to mark the Platinum Jubilee, a lovely flowering cherry.
In 2018 the Town Council approved the Environmental Project with the aim of improving sustainable and resourceful environmental management of its allotment sites. Funding has been provided by St. Anne’s on the Sea Town Council, Shepherd Road Allotments Society (SRAS) and Fylde Council (through the New Homes Bonus funding scheme). Project delivery sits with the Town Environmental Network working group (TEN) of the Town Council.
The project has already seen many improvements made to the allotment sites including the purchase and installation of 84 large water tanks. Future projects include the ‘Green Vision’ scheme to include solar panels for power and lighting as well as battery powered equipment.
The Ernie’s View project has turned a neglected area of Shepherd Road Allotment site into a modern communal allotment area for a new generation of tenants.
Ernie’s View provides 10 additional strip plots with shared access to communal facilities. New tenants will find it the perfect area to learn how to manage an allotment plot. The newly planted fruit tree border will provide additional produce for years to come and another welcome source of nectar for local pollinators. From the early months of site clearance requiring multiple skips and diggers, to the installation of water tanks, communal shed, composting toilet and polytunnel, the common link has been the steadfast voluntary work of Shepherd Road Allotments Society.
The total Environmental Project costs currently sit at approximately £13,000. Without the tenants the cost would be much higher.