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Northern Ireland: People can work together on a peaceful, positive and productive activity

Susan Lynn is the Northern Ireland development manager for the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and is based in east Belfast.

‘Allotments are fantastic, you can grow so much on a small space’

By Darryl Armitage
Aug 11, 2017


Remembering her childhood growing up in Ballycastle she says that she had a connection with homegrown food from an early age.

She says: “Back home we had a great garden and I spent a lot of time among our apple trees. We called it the orchard, although that would probably be stretching it. I remember climbing the trees and then mum making apple pie – I think this is the first connection of homegrown food and for a kid apple tart is much more appealing than a plate of broad beans.”

Susan’s allotment is located at Knockbracken Community Allotments in south Belfast.

She comments: “Allotments are absolutely fantastic, you can grow so much on a small space. Apart from that the social side of having an allotment is really great. We have regular work days where people try to come and do communal work around the site and these are brilliant craic.

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