Councillor grant creates peaceful space

Willoughby Road Allotment Association in Boston has received a £1,000 cash grant, from the Councillor Grant Scheme – a pot of money set aside to support local community projects as part of the Empowering Health Communities Programme. 

The application received was for the creation of a peaceful and reflective space for hospital staff, plot holders and public to sit and enjoy. Paul Collingwood, Chair of the Association stated after consultations with NHS workers, that a public area for people to sit and enjoy would be very beneficial to many. 

An old shed has been repurposed with help from a youth justice programme who have a plot adjacent. Trees and grass turf has been installed along with chairs, tables and a small pond area with solar water pumps. An edible hedge has been planted as a border and also to attract wildlife. Fencing erected at the front of the area along with raised bed planters with an arch as the entrance. 

Cllr Yvonne Stevens, said: “I am so pleased I was able to help with my share of the community grant funding and I say this area now looks absolutely amazing.

“I’d like to thank Paul for making me aware of this and I hope everyone who visits likes it as much as I do.” 

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said: “We are delighted that the allotments have created this amazing space that staff can enjoy.” 

If you are interested in applying for some funds from your local ward councillor towards funding a local project, visit www.mybostonuk.com/councillor-grant-scheme/ where you can find all the information you need and the application form.