Ok, so what can I tell you about myself that you would want to hear? What I'm not going to do try and evoke your sympathy by talking about everything myself and my family have been through. I want people to support my cause because they believe in what I'm doing, not because they feel sorry for us.
What I will tell you about me is that I am Cornish born and bred. Farming and horticulture has been in my family for more than 100 years. Unfortunately it is almost impossible for small scale farms to thrive in the current economical climate and at any rate that's not where my talents and inclination lie.
So what are we doing? When I first told my friends and family that my partner and I wanted to open allotments I got a few strange looks. I had just finished a degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Science so what did that have to do with allotments? At first glance it may seem strange, but let me explain...
My passion in life is helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. Working an allotment can burn in excess of 600kcal per hour (depending on age/gender/body type) and eating home grown produce is probably the most nutritious thing you could ever consume. So that's physical activity and healthy eating all rolled into one. Add into the mix the social aspect of allotments and the intrinsic benefits of being in the great outdoors and it's not hard to see why this is such a good fit.
Here's where you come in, our site is currently just a field and we need to install a car park, paths and fencing to get us started. So if you think our project is worth while, please pledge and help us get off the ground.
Our Allotment field is approximately 4 acres, however the site it occupies is around 10 acres. It is our dream to create a real community hub, accessible to everyone, not just our Allotmenteers.
By helping us get established you can help us move onto the next stages that much sooner.
The next stages of our project include...
- A free public-access play area.
- A community café inc. Autism friendly meeting rooms.
- A free public-access wildlife walk.