Belper development group attracts volunteers

Stuart Hill has become the first volunteer allotment gardener for the Belper Community Development Co-op (BCDC) group.
Stuart Hill has become the first volunteer allotment gardener for the Belper Community Development Co-op (BCDC) group.

The Belper Community Development Co-op (BCDC) group is making positive steps towards its aim for a greener future for the town.

The group’s latest meeting saw two new volunteers step forward to help with the allotment side of the group’s plans.

Andrew Huskinson, Transition Belper Team Leader for the BCDC, says that the meeting was positive and that plenty of groundwork was done.

He said: “We had a positive summer meeting where we chatted about the allotment, which volunteer Stuart Hill is starting to clear.

“He has been looking at crops which can be planted to stand over the winter.

“I am going down to look at what we need to look for some funding for repairs to the shed, poly-tunnel and greenhouse.

“We also have another new volunteer who will go down and see Stuart when they can arrange a suitable date.

“We had a chat about possible bits of land he knows of which we might be able to rent for more allotments.

“I need to look into some land in Belper which might be available to rent or buy for allotments.

“On the guerilla gardening front, I have had an expression of interest from a third party to help with this.

“We need to find more private land where the owners would be happy to have planting on its borders for foraging and also look into what public land we might get permission to use.”

BCDC’s next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 22 at 7.30pm at Fresh Ground on King Street.