Green-fingered Melbourn villagers grow their own amid wider allotments revival

PUBLISHED: 12:02 17 September 2017

Ingeburg Phillips is served with a marrow by Barry and Vicky Deville from the St. George’s Allotment, at their stall at the Melbourn Hub. Picture: Clive Porter

Ingeburg Phillips is served with a marrow by Barry and Vicky Deville from the St. George’s Allotment, at their stall at the Melbourn Hub. Picture: Clive Porter


Green-fingered villagers in Melbourn have been using plots on the parish council’s allotment area to grow their own vegetables, amid a wider revival of the grow-your-own ideal.

Ingeburg Phillips is pictured above, receiving a marrow from Barry and Vicky Deville at the St George’s Allotment at their stall at the Melbourn Hub.

Allotments were a particularly valuable source of food during the Second World War and rationing, when people relied on any small patch of earth they could find – with allotments providing the staple diet for our masses.

In the post-war years, interest in grow-your-own dwindled – but now demand for this type of culture has been rekindled, as many folk realise they can grow quality food and veg that tastes even better than produce brought from halfway around the world.

For more, give Claire at the parish council’s hub office on 01763 263303.


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