We’re marking National Allotment Week (14 – 20 August) with the promotion of our new allotment project for children and young people, called ‘Make it Grow’, in Shefford, Bedfordshire.

The Shefford allotment is part of Aragon’s youth involvement work in the town and is open to young people aged 6 to 18. This is the second of their allotment projects; the first project consisting of two plots located in Stotfold Road in Arlesey. All the produce is either taken home and used at family meal-times, taken to carers in Bedfordshire community cafés to distribute or given to families at other youth projects.

Nicola King, Aragon’s Youth and Community Participation Officer said: “Young people and their families help to dig, sow seeds, water the seedlings and pick the produce which includes cabbages, carrots, potatoes, onions, Brussels sprouts, marrows, kale, courgettes, runner beans, melon, strawberries and blackcurrants.

“It’s a great way to encourage friendships and teamwork, as well as getting young people socialising out in the fresh air. We’d love more young people to get involved and because the Shefford allotment plot is on raised beds, it has excellent disabled access too.”

Karen, who’s mum to nine-year-old Ronnie and six-year-old Tommy, said: “It’s great teaching the boys where their food comes from. They’re learning to look after the different plants and water them. They love being outside and getting involved as well as helping with cooking and eating the produce when we get it home!”

Trevor, 66, is a volunteer supporting Aragon’s youth involvement work in the community; he enjoys working alongside the families on the allotment projects: “Being a volunteer gets me out of the house a few times a week meeting some lovely people. I had my own gardening business for over 40 years and can now use my experience to help others.”