Water relief: grant nourishes community gardening plan

A plan to transform a disused St Helens sports field into community allotments has got off to a flying start.

Gardeners at Billinge Community Allotments have taken delivery of a total of 36 water butts after winning funding from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia’s Community Fund.

The delivery means gardeners – who include local residents, three primary schools, disability groups and a scout troop – now have water supplies ‘on tap’ for each plot.

St Helens MBC ward Councillor Dennis McDonnell, founder of Billinge Horticultural Society, said: “The water barrels will collect waste rainwater reducing demand on public water supplies and give each plot its own available supply.

“The growing of crops on the allotments will reduce the demand for food at the supermarkets resulting in tons of food packaging not going to landfill. Communal composting at the site will also reduce gardening waste that would otherwise have had to be collected by St Helens Council.

“With local children due to be educated in Environmental Gardening at the plots it’s a win situation for all of us and a lesson in the importance of recycling.”

Councillor McDonnell, far left, and MRWA Waste Strategy Policy Officer Glynn Stevenson, far right, with allotment holders on the Billinge site
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia awarded the project £1,800 from its annual community fund as part of its commitment to reducing food waste.

MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The community allotments are a fantastic project which will make a difference to hundreds of local people.

“The real benefit for us is that it’s helping reduce food waste by encouraging residents to grow their own fruit and veg and compost any food waste that they do produce.”


Note to Editors

1.    The MRWA Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.

2.    MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia ) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.

3.    Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

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