In July we reported here how Milford resident and parent of pupils at Milford School, Kate Tuck, had called for volunteers the clear two allotments which have recently been taken over by the school to create a “green space” for the children of the school to use. A great deal has been achieved since then and this is the September update.
A large number of volunteers, mainly parents and pupils of the school but also other Milford residents, have been working hard every Sunday and some weekday evenings on the project, 36 hours so far.
They faced a daunting task. The two allotments, directly above the Holy Trinity Church on the A6, were massively overgrown, smothered in a layer of ivy 3-4 feet thick, with additional brambles, sycamores and nettles. Slowly as the weeks passed, the undergrowth was cut further and further back revealing a useful garden shed and children’s swing, but also mountains of rubbish. Last weekend this rubbish was finally removed, with the help of Amber Valley Borough Council, the volunteers ferrying the rubbish from the allotments to the A6.
It also became clear that the edge of the green space allotments fall very steeply down to the church, so a fence is now being built by the volunteers along this edge to keep the children safe. Additionally. the only way into the allotments had been rather an awkward scramble over the wall along the side of Church Steps, so a new ladder is being built to make access easier.
When the fence and steps are in place, the children will come to the site and plan what they would like to use it for. This will guide the volunteer group in how the space should be landscaped. Ideas already discussed are an additional storage shed, a compost toilet and chickens. Blooming Milford is going to apply to Belper Town Council, on the Green Space project’s behalf, for espalier fruit trees to be placed along the back wall of the site.
If you’d like to join the volunteers, work parties have been arranged for the following times in October: Friday 2nd 6-8pm; Sunday 4th 9-1pm; Sunday 11th 9-1pm; Friday 16th 6-8pm and Sunday 18th 6-8pm.