Allotments are thriving again

Mayor of Amber Valley Cllr Angela Ward officially reopened the Danesby Rise Allotments in Denby after a three-year renovation of the site.Thanks to a £1,426 grant from the Co-operative and £800 of funding from the allotment committee itself, the site now has a full water supply all the way round and new security gates, installed by Heanor firm Triple S Fabrications. Committee chairman Paul Hudson said: “In 2011 we celebrated our centenary and we decided it was time to make improvements. We couldn’t have timed it better because just as we were taking a seat in the orchard - the Red Arrows flew over, it was as if we planned it!”

Anyone interested in being added to the waiting list for a plot there can email committee secretary Richard Brown on