Stanwick in bid for People’s Millions cash

It is hoped to turn this wasteland into a community garden
It is hoped to turn this wasteland into a community garden

Stanwick is bidding for £50,000 in the ITV People’s Millions competition to turn a patch of wasteland into an allotment and community garden facility for residents.

The Parish Council-led initiative, Stanwick Outdoors, has reached the final stages of the competition and will compete on TV in a public telephone vote against one other project on Tuesday, November 25.

On the day, the telephone number for voting will be published on the parish council’s website, on from 9am, and will be in the Daily Mirror.

The result will be announced on the early evening ITV Anglia West News the following day.

Parish Council chairman Amanda Michel says “Stanwick has grown by 30 per cent in the last few years and there is a high demand for allotments, but we currently have no community growing facilities at all to offer. We need people to vote for us to turn this patch of rough grassland into a vibrant community facility.”

The money will be used to provide a safe off-road access, car parking, water supply, fencing, raised beds for those with restricted mobility and seating in the social area. There are plans to hold produce fairs, pumpkin growing and carving competitions together with other events that the whole community can get involved with.

It is expected that there will be social gatherings such as BBQs arranged by the allotment group and the community garden group. The pre-school are looking forward to having picnics there. The variety of planting and cultivation will boost local wildlife as it will benefit both insects and birds.