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New Allotment Caters For People With Physical Disabilities

A new double allotment which has been built specially to cater for people with physical disabilities was officially opened on Wednesday, September 20.
The specially designed plot, on an idyllic site by the River Elwy and adjacent to St Asaph Council meeting room, is a true partnership effort.
Originally the brainchild of St Asaph Allotment Association, backed by St Asaph City Council, funded by Dong Energy the Offshore Windfarm Project and built by local man Ken Hipkiss, the site will now be maintained by Vale of Clwyd Mind.
The allotment features a flagged area, seating and waist high raised beds suitable for anyone with a physical disability, including wheelchair users.
Director of Vale of Clwyd Mind, Philip Williams, said: ‘As an organisation and thanks to the St Asaph Allotment Association we have had a double plot on the site for two years and it has been tremendous help to people with depression and anxiety. They enjoy working and growing produce, and also have social events with other plot holders.
‘The new plot is wonderful – a real credit to the work carried out by local man Ken Hipkiss. It has been offered to us to maintain because we have a support worker regularly on site. We hope that people with physical disabilities will take advantage of the new facility, will really enjoy being out of doors and making new friends. We are already in touch with local GP practices to ensure that everyone knows about it.’
The site was officially handed over to VOC Mind by the Mayor of St Asaph, Colin Hardie, who approached the City council for a grant to carry out the work and he paid tribute to Ken Hipkiss.
‘Ken is a long standing member of the Association and as well as running his own allotment and organising materials and contractors, has spent many months, come hail, rain or shine creating the site.’
Special thanks must be given to:- Mrs. Elaine Garder, Mrs.Isabel Borros-Curtis and Mrs.Juliet Green (St. Asaph residents) for their donation of garden tools and furniture and to the Manager of Travis Perkins (Rhyl) for facilitating a very generous discount on building materials etc.
If you want to know more about how to access the allotment facilities contact Jenny Bolton at VOC Mind on 01745 812461.
For further information about the project contact:
Phil Williams, Director - 01745 813558
Chris Southern, Business Development Officer - 01745 336787 / 01745 585263