Allotment site’s 100th birthday

Centenary of Dovecote allotments, Eastwood
Centenary of Dovecote allotments, Eastwood

Green-fingered locals turned out in force last weekend to celebrate 100 years of an Eastwood allotment as part of a ‘fantastic’ event.

Allotment holders past and present were joined by the Mayor of Eastwood at the town council’s Dovecote Road site to celebrate it’s centenary on Saturday June 21.

An apple tree was planted at the allotment by the Mayor of Eastwood, Councillor Ken Woodhead, as part of the 100th birthday celebrations.

Cllr Woodhead said that he thinks it is important to celebrate centenaries and anniversaries as it makes the public aware of what is in and around the town.

He added: “The day was absolutely fantastic, the organisation was spot on. It was marvellous.

“I’m pleased that they appreciated my attendance, and I’d like to say thanks to the organisers for inviting me. I appreciated being asked to go down there too.

“It was a really, really good event. They did everyone proud and they did a marvellous job putting the buffet and everything on.”

One of the allotment holders who was present at the event was John Crowfoot, who said that he thought it was a great success.

He added: “I can say that we all thought it was a great success and there was a good sense of community spirit.

“Everyone helped by bringing food, drinks, balloons and bubble machines for the children.

“We got to know other allotment holders at the event too, as most of the time we just smile and wave to eachother as we are working on our plots, except for our closer neighbours of course!

“There is talk of us having another similar event like this one but maybe not waiting another 100 years for it.”