Fingers crossed for allotment

GREEN-FINGERED gardeners who want a plot to plant are looking for land for an allotment. Residents Sarah Laborde and Mark Liebman are keen to set up a facility in the town and have big plans for their earthly adventure.

GREEN-FINGERED gardeners who want a plot to plant are looking for land for an allotment.

Residents Sarah Laborde and Mark Liebman are keen to set up a facility in the town and have big plans for their earthly adventure.

Sarah, aged 32, said: "We live in a flat and don't have a garden but the town doesn't currently have an allotment.

"We want it to be something that would involve the whole community and it seems like a lot of people in Axbridge would be interested."


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The couple, who live in West Street, held a stand at a farmers' market in The Square last year and received dozens of enquiries and suggestions.

Some of the elderly residents suggested raised beds for disabled people and people who have trouble bending down. Sarah and Mark, aged 38, are also keen to involve Axbridge Primary School and hope the youngsters will have their own plot to grow vegetables in and may invite experts to speak to the children about what to grow.

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If land can be secured, the couple are keen to set up Axbridge Community Allotment and get a firm number of people who want to be involved.

Sarah, a freelance set-designer who has worked with the likes of Aardman Animation, added: "We had the idea when Mark saw a successful community garden in Easton in Bristol. He spoke to the woman who did it and we hope that she will give a talk when the allotment is open.

"There won't be managers as such and we don't want to run it. A group of people will be involved that can throw in ideas but the allotment will be organised by everyone."

Mark, an environmental engineer, and Sarah have been working with town councillor Jim Lukins to try and get a piece of land for the allotment. Anyone who can help is urged to contact Sarah on axbridgeallotment@hotmail.co.uk

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