Delaware Allotment Garden Association, consisting of 35 members, wanted to develop the garden and contacted the council to enquire about taking ownership.
Located on Delaware Cresent in Kirkby, the garden was a community asset owned by the council offering 23 full-sized allotment plots.
Delaware Allotment Garden Association prepared a business plan outlining a range of social, economic and environmental benefits that could be achieved under their management. These included addressing social isolation, providing volunteering opportunities, sharing experience and knowledge with others, improvements to people’s health and well-being, creating a sense of achievement in growing your own vegetables (with home grown food tasting better), keeping fit and active as well as financial benefits of growing your own products which are cheaper than many shop bought products.
full-sized allotment plots
The group formed a Community Interest Company (CIC) called the Delaware Allotment Community Interest Company and from 1 October 2019, they are now the owners and managers of the site.
They will now take forward their ambitious plans which includes the installation of a poly tunnel to promote all-year round growing, raising the soil levels on some plots to improve drainage as well as access for some disabled residents, improving car parking provision, improving access for disabled people.
The CIC also have plans to engage with more people across Knowsley including Adult Social Care services, schools and colleges to help develop and deliver a wide range of programmes.
As a CIC, the group can now access a range of funding streams to help further develop the allotment space and maintain it as a sustainable space.