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.
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.
“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.
“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.”