TWENTY six residents from across the city have taken possession of allotments, which have been developed by Limerick City Council as part of a pilot initiative.
The allotments, which are located on what was a derelict site in the Ballynanty area of the city, were developed by the local authority over the past six months.
“I am here most days and my children come with me from time to time. There are great benefits to being involved. My family have been eating home grown vegetables, my children have watched food grow from seed to being on a dinner plate,” said John Hickey, who secured one of the allotments.
Each of the raised allotment beds measure 7m x 1.5m and the secure site also includes a communal shed along with rainwater harvesting and access to water.
A strict user agreement has been signed between the local authority and each of the plot holders, who are paying €200 a year.
According to officials at City Hall there are still two allotments available at the site and anyone who is interested in acquiring one of the remaining plots should contact the environment department at Limerick City Council by ringing (061) 407190.
“The City Council is delighted with the allotment project. The allotment site has rejuvenated the entrance to Ballynanty. It is obvious that everyone on site is taking great pride in their work,” said Caroline Curley, director of services at Limerick City Council.