Pub owners launch allotment bid

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THE new owners of a West Sussex pub are hoping to give something back to the community with an allotment scheme.

Phillip Waters and Neill Scott have taken out a lease on the field behind their pub, The Sussex Brewery, in Main Road, Southbourne, with a view to turning part of it into allotments.

The 14-acre field, which is split into two parts, is unused apart from the occasional events organised by the pub.

They have been inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who made the community landshare scheme famous on his TV programme River Cottage.

Mr Waters said participants would not be charged for using the land and in return they would only ask for a small share of what they grow which can then be used in chef Mr Scott’s kitchen.

Mr Waters said: ‘We think it is a really nice way to use the field. If all these people don’t want it at the end of their garden, then it won’t happen.’

The field has been used in the past as a venue for the pub’s Glastonbrewery music festival, which will continue on part of the land. For more information call Mr Waters on 07974 034654.