A Dorset recycling company has been thanked for its ‘incredible generosity’ after donating 75 tonnes of compost to an allotment project.
The association rent their plots through the National Trust’s Growing Spaces project.
Just under 120 allotments were created by the National Trust eight years ago following the culmination of two years work by the estate’s gardening team.
The allotments were originally sited between the formal gardens and Home Farm in an area formerly used as the kitchen garden.
They have now been moved to a neighbouring area in preparation for the full restoration of the kitchen garden.
The five-acre kitchen garden was built in 1880 by Walter Bankes and became so renowned that Queen Victoria sent her gardeners to Kingston Lacy to learn their craft.
The neighbouring allotments are used by members of the local community as well as school, community groups and individuals referred through housing associations.
They were created by the National Trust as part of an initiative to get more people outdoors and growing their own food.
In the late 1940s there were 1.4 million allotments but that figure is now believed to have shrunk to around 330,000. According to The National Allotment Society at least a further 90,000 plots are needed to meet the current demand.
Trevor Muddimer, National Trust volunteer and Growing Spaces Coordinator at Kingston Lacy, said: “Eco has really done us proud and we’re very grateful for their incredible generosity.”
Peter Hardy, Eco’s Commercial Director, said: “We’re only too happy to support initiatives such as Growing Spaces. It’s a great scheme and we wish the allotment holders every success for the future.”
Note to Journalists:
Founded in 1994, Eco employs 41 people and has an annual turnover of £12 million. The company annually processes 250,000 tonnes of material at its Parley site, the UK’s leading purpose-built site for organics recycling and renewable energy. End products include enriched topsoil, compost and woodchip.
The business currently handles 300,000 tonnes of organic material each year across four facilities, including its highly successful anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Piddlehinton near Dorchester.
Eco has held the contract with Dorset Waste Partnership to handle the county’s food, wood and green waste since 2008.
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