Labour councillors in Dinnington ward opened a new community garden this week. Cllrs Jeanette Mallinder and John Vjestica celebrated the opening with local volunteers and residents at the former Victoria Street allotment site. Rotherham Council with partners and local volunteers have worked over a number of years to develop this land that was last used as an allotment 25 years ago.
The local community group Better Dinnington have been given a ten year lease on this land and will work to operate a community garden and allotment space for residents and volunteers. This will be a community space where residents can socialise, grow plants or food and gain exercise whilst spending time outdoors.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads & Community Safety at Rotherham Council, who also attended to celebrate and mark this occasion, has said:
“It was great to be in Dinnington this week with local Labour councillors and residents to celebrate the new community garden. This will help bring the land back into use and it is brilliant to see community engagement with this project which will help secure its continued use going forward.”
Labour councillors in Dinnington ward have supported this project and the local community group, helping to support necessary infrastructure at the site including new fencing and lighting. You can hear more from Cllrs Jeanette Mallinder and John Vjestica at the opening of the community garden here.