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MP observes how community allotment is flourishing




South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss observed the “excellent work” of a Swaffham community allotment project last week.

The ESCAPE Community project on Tumbler Hill enables vulnerable members of the community to undertake therapeutic gardening activities.

Ms Truss met residents who benefit from the allotment as well as project staff during her visit last Friday.

Elizabeth Truss MP Chief Secretary to the Treasury and MP for South West Norfolk visits ESCAPE Community Allotment in Swaffham
Elizabeth Truss MP Chief Secretary to the Treasury and MP for South West Norfolk visits ESCAPE Community Allotment in Swaffham

Overcast conditions did not stop the MP from also meeting ‘Master Gardeners’, trained volunteers who lead activities and provide horticultural advice.

The Master Gardeners clocked up over 1,600 hours of volunteering in the first year.

Master Gardener Gavin Watts, Elizabeth Truss and volunteer Sarah Smith
Master Gardener Gavin Watts, Elizabeth Truss and volunteer Sarah Smith

“It was fantastic to visit the ESCAPE allotments and see the excellent work done to support this project,” Ms Truss said.

“Funding from the National Lottery has brought people together of all ages and backgrounds with therapeutic, gardening, horticultural and life skills.

Elizabeth Truss MP Chief Secretary to the Treasury and MP for South West Norfolk at the Tumbler Hill allotment last week
Elizabeth Truss MP Chief Secretary to the Treasury and MP for South West Norfolk at the Tumbler Hill allotment last week

“The commitment and enthusiasm from all those involved is great to see.”

David Holmes, chief executive of Family Action, who run the ESCAPE project, said: “We are so grateful for the support of The National Lottery Community Fund and are equally delighted that Liz Truss was able to visit and meet beneficiaries.”



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