Birthday party will celebrate 10th anniversary of Portsmouth allotment

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PORTSMOUTH’S community allotment is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The allotment, run by Portsmouth City Council, is open all year round to community groups, schools and nurseries, as well as people with mental health issues or learning disabilities.

The four-plot site at Milton Piece, off Locksway Road, in Milton, is celebrating its first decade with a birthday event on June 20, from 11am to 1pm, which will include a local arts exhibition, a plant raffle and a chance to muck in with some gardening.

Tony Keen, the city council community development officer who runs the site with two gardeners, said: ‘When we started, the allotment was overgrown and virtually derelict.

‘Now it’s a little bit of paradise in Portsmouth. It’s a lovely environment – very tranquil. Anyone’s welcome to turn up and help with a bit of gardening, and take away some veg in return.’

To attend the event call (023) 9268 8388.