The Mansbridge Allotment Project arose after local residents reported that an area was very overgrown and becoming a magnet for fly tipping. This was not only expensive for Radian to manage, but meant the local environment was not enjoyable for residents.
Furthermore, we found a lot of people in the area were suffering from social isolation and chronic health problems and were keen to find an active project to get stuck in to.
An allotment seemed the perfect way to solve these issues.
It brings the community together, creating a space for people to socialise, get active and enjoy where they live. All food grown at the allotment is then shared at the Round About Cafe to be enjoyed by the community.
The Mansbridge Residents’ Association, with the help of Radian colleagues, secured £1500 from Southampton City Council’s Community Chest Fund to develop a community allotment project.
The project aims to:
- Provide volunteering and training opportunities
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Reduce social isolation
- Improve the environment
- Reduce management costs
Over the winter, the group met and took part in gardening craft activities before heading outdoors again. Hortic Therapy run regular workshops which give adults an opportunity to get physically active.
Planting and growing is now well under way at the allotment and more and more people are getting involved.
“The allotment’s brilliant – I love it. It gets me out the flat and gives me something to do that’s good for my health. I’m starting to get involved with other community projects now too.”