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Allotments at Sports Village

Published on Tuesday, 19th May 2020

Sowerby Allotments

Residents of Sowerby have been busy tending their new allotments.

Eighteen plots have been created as part of Hambleton District Council’s Sowerby Sports Village development – and handed over to the local parish council to manage.

They are the first parish managed allotments in the community and come with a shed and water collection point – mains water is available from a central point and they are enclosed by a windproof perimeter fence.

Leader of Hambleton District Council Councillor Mark Robson (pictured at the allotments)– who is also Chairman of Sowerby Parish Council – said all the allotments were allocated very quickly and there is now a long waiting list for plots.

“These allotments have been really well received and we have a waiting list of 26 that grows every day,” he said.

“The area has become a real hive of activity through this lockdown period and we can see the start of a community hub there.   These are the first parish allotments and they have all gone to Sowerby residents – growing your own produce has become very popular once more so we are delighted we are able to provide them.”

The £5m sports village was developed following widespread consultation with local residents, sports clubs and their national bodies.   The former eleven acre landfill site has been transformed into sports pitches, a running and cycling track and fitness trail.  As well as the allotments there are wildlife corridors and landscaping work to encourage biodiversity.

  • The scheme benefitted from £643,118 from the European Regional Development along with developer contributions for the Sowerby Gateway development - which is creating housing, retail leisure, care provision and employment land