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Grant nourishes community garden plan (5th October 2015)

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 re-cycling.”

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.”

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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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The attached image shows Councillor McDonnell, far left, and MRWA Waste Strategy Policy Officer Glynn Stevenson, far right, with allotment holders on the Billinge site.

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Allotment gets greener with recycling grant

Knowsley allotment holders are getting to grips with polytunnels and rain butts after winning funding from the region’s waste and recycling authority to improve their eco-credentials.

The Friends of Halsnead Allotment Group in Whiston were given £1,500 from the Community Fund operated by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

They are using the money to capture and recycle rainwater; create new paths from shredded hedge cuttings, improve composting and repair their old polytunnel so they can continue growing organic vegetables.

Tina Cinnamond, of the Friends, said: “It’s a small amount of money but makes a big, big difference because we are all volunteers. We’re very environmentally conscious as a group and the grant gives us funding to pursue some of our ideas.”

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MRWA chief executive Carl Beer and Waste Stratetgy Manager Stuart Donaldson with Halsnead pupils visiting the allotment site

MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The Friends of Halsnead are a dedicated team who work very closely with the rest of the community so we know our modest investment will have an impact both within the allotments themselves and in the community further afield.”

The Halsnead site was previously an unused, overgrown and derelict area next to current Halsnead School in Pennywood Drive before being transformed into allotments. The Friends, who work closely with the school, using the allotments as an education tool, ultimately hope their recycling efforts will find new uses for around 3 tonnes of allotment waste which would otherwise have gone into landfill.

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MRWA chief executive Carl Beer and Waste Stratetgy Manager Stuart Donaldson with Halsnead pupils visiting the allotment site.

MRWA Waste Strategy Manager Stuart Donaldson with the Friends of Halsnead Allotment Group

 

Note to editors

  1. The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
  1. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
  2. 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.

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO JON FLINN ON 0151 709 0505