Working with Kirsty Ward, a Lincolnshire gardener and blogger of My Little Allotment, the Poacher Line put forward a proposal to transform a piece of unloved land on Platform 1 of Sleaford station into an allotment.
Kirsty had started her own allotment to help alleviate the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder she developed after experiencing a difficult birth of her second child.
As a partnership we are acutely aware of the benefits of gardening to both the physical and mental wellbeing of people and we were delighted to bring Kirsty on board to design and build our allotment. Kirsty has also gone on, along with her parents Russell and Adele, to adopt Sleaford station and they have many plans to improve and brighten the station.
Once the garden has been built it is the intention to invite members of local mental health charities; including the Rainbow Stars in Sleaford, to help plant and tend to the crops, which will include; soft fruit, salad items, root vegetables and herbs. The resulting produce will be donated to local food banks and charities.
The overgrown site was cleared and levelled with help from East Midlands Railway and Network Rail staff and the perimeter fence was painted.
A working party arrived in August 2020 to build the shed and raised beds ready for planting up.
Keep checking back for more updates about this great allotment!