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Monday, 16 January 2012 (3022464)
Gardeners' delight at turning waste tip into allotments
by David Simister

A GROUP of green-fingered gardeners in Skelmersdale have spoken of the success they have had with the revival of an allotment site in the town.

Members of Digmoor Inspired Growers Allotment Society, or DIGAS for short, said this week they were delighted with the progress that has been made with an allotment at a site in Digmoor, which they say was made possible thanks to hard work from the group's members and a series of successful grant applications, including one from the the Big Lottery Fund to help fund the perimeter fencing.

DIGAS member Ron Cooper said this week: “The DIGAS group was established by West Lancashire Community Voluntary Services, bringing together a group of people from the allotments waiting list. The land for the allotment site was previously used for fly-tipping of builders rubbish, old tyres and a base for vandalism and underage drinking. A grant from the Community Food Growing Project of the Central Lancashire NHS was used to clear rubbish and level the ground ready for setting-out the allotment plots.

”The first vegetable seeds were sown by DIGAS members in March 2011 and since then the site has been transformed into a wonderful place. A lot of new skills have been learned and the group have been pleasantly surprised by the successes of their first year of growing. There is a lot of enthusiasm for the forthcoming year ahead and the group have a renewed confidence that crops and equipment will be secure on the allotment site now that the new fence is there.“

The DIGAS members said they wanted wish to express their gratitude to West Lancs CVS, the Big Lottery Fund and The Church of Christ at Digmoor, which donated the land for the allotment site.

For more information about DIGAS and its allotment activities visit their website at


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