Hunstanton allotment project aims to re-build lives

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A community allotment will be helping people to get back on their feet.

Freebridge Community Housing has teamed up with the Cornerstone Project to create an allotment project to help people who are homeless or suffer problems with drink and drugs.

The housing association has offered the land in Willow Road, Hunstanton, which is unsuitable to build on.

Director of housing Robert Clarke said: “We are always keen to do what we can to work with the community and bring to life projects that will not only benefit our tenants but neighbouring residents, too.

“It’s great to know that the piece of land at Willow Road has been put to such good use. The project is a fantastic example of people working together, and supports our vision of A Better West Norfolk.

“I am really looking forward to trying the things that are grown there next summer!”

The Cornerstone Project, run by Phil and Caz McIntosh, offers help to anyone willing to help themselves and currently runs a free breakfast drop-in.

They offer a food and clothing bank for local people in genuine need and the allotment is going to be a key part of the project.

Mr McIntosh said: “We had always planned to help teach people how to become more self-sufficient by growing fruit and vegetables on an allotment.

“At the Cornerstone site we had a small area for parking that we were going to build raised beds for growing vegetables. Then we were approached by Freebridge, who offered us a plot of land nearby to Cornerstone and suddenly we had over four times the size of our car park! We are really grateful to Freebridge for stepping in and helping us to help others. It has been a pleasure getting to know those involved from Freebridge, and we hope to deepen the partnership as the project progresses.”