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New Zealand: Once derelict garden in Bishop Auckland is transformed

“When we first came 17 years ago the allotments were really dilapidated – with people bringing old doors for fences and lots of old rackety sheds.

By Catherine Priestley
The Advertiser
Aug 28, 2017


In 2001 the site was under-occupied, overgrown and rundown, with just about half of the plots in use and derelict buildings and rubbish on other parts of the site.

Gardeners, also worried the land was ripe for development, set up South Church Allotment Society to turn around its fortunes.

They secured funds including Lottery grants and European funding and voluntarily worked to improve it and took over the day-to-day running of the site, which is now owned by Bishop Auckland Town Council. They cleared piles of rubbish and derelict buildings from the land, had a waterline and communal facilities installed, laid new roads and created a community area with seating.

Secretary Doug Hatton said: “A lot of hard work has gone into the site, various grants, income from the shop and events like the fete help us keep it the way we want.”

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