New lease of life for Seaford allotments

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Allotments in Seaford look set to blossom as Seaford Town Council announced a new management agreement had been signed.

Seaford Allotment and Leisure Garden Society has managed Sutton Drove Allotments since 2000 on behalf of the council.

The new agreement is in place for 14 years, providing long term security for the site as well as the society.

Chairman of Seaford Allotment and Leisure Garden Society Eddie Collict said: “I am pleased that we seem to be getting back to a more cooperative and collaborative working relationship and I am grateful to all whose work and effort has brought this about.”

The new management agreement gives responsibility to the society for more of the maintenance and decision making on the site but also allows them more freedom to use their expertise and experience to make the best of the site and provide the best possible service to its plot holders.

The council said it wanted to help the society secure a grant from Awards For All to clear an area of overgrown land on a part of the allotment site.

The society hopes that through the clearing of this land and the help of a small project team they will have more plots to let.

And it will provide space for a number of small scale conservation and wildlife projects.

The Sutton Drove Allotments site was opened in 1923 when the annual rent was one shilling (5p) per rod.

For more information on the society, the allotments or enquiries about joining follow the link to their website