The sun was shining at Eden Allotments this weekend as 10th birthday celebrations got underway.
Plenty of free activities including felting, bird box building, drum circles, farm animals and an allotment scavenger hunt kept the punters entertained, as well as free crepes, tea and coffee. Eden Allotment Gardens opened in April 2008 with only 36 plots. This has grown, along with the tasty produce, to the 200 plots there today.
Strength to Strength
Deputy Mayor Cllr Cheryl Johnston said: “Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to improving the quality of life for all the people of the borough through the services it provides including our allotment service. Plots come in a range of sizes and smaller plots cost as little as £1 per week.
“We are very proud of this site which has gone from strength to strength over the past 10 years. Eden Allotment Gardens is the largest allotment site in Northern Ireland, the second largest in the whole of Ireland and we were delighted to be awarded Green Flag Status in 2016.
“Allotment gardening can provide a number of benefits such as the opportunity to produce a wide range of inexpensive healthy vegetables, whilst at the same time providing physical exercise in the outdoors. You can make new friends and allotments are also beneficial to the environment and wildlife generally. I hope the local community will continue to embrace these allotments and look after this valuable asset so it can be enjoyed for many years to come.”
Wide Range of Activities
To celebrate the allotment’s 10th anniversary, there are a wide range of activities on site this year including ‘Grow Your Own’ workshops, picnics, garden games, gardening for wildlife demos and bug hunts.
For more information and to keep up to date you can go to www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/allotments