Plot to Plate Has Help To Get Accessible

The Plot to Plate project was created by Disability Direct earlier this year with initial funding from Awards for All. The project gives disabled and older people the chance to grow their own produce in a safe accessible environment supported by experienced allotmenteers and volunteers. Members attend twice a week to tend to the plot and produce is taken home or used in monthly cookery classes funded by Awards for All.

Sally Austin, Director of Operations for Disability Direct said, ” The plot has been really popular and attracted a lot of people who wouldn’t have been able to access an allotment without the changes we made. It has been a great first summer but as more people have joined we have had to increase the size of the plot and now need to make these new parts accessible”

The plot, although accessible to many people with varying impairments now needs extra raised beds and more solid level pathways for wheelchair users. Thankfully for the charity, help was on hand and David Perry from Grangewood Fencing Supplies generously donated a large amount of timber to allow the volunteers to build new raised beds.

Dawn Clifton who is responsible for fundraising for the plot said, ” It’s wonderful that local businesses want to help; Grangewood didn’t hesitate when we approached them and they have been very generous with their donation. We have also been promised a large amount of slabs from Brandstone so the area can be made wheelchair accessible, we can’t wait to get started on it”

Plot to Plate is located on Little Chester Allotments in Derwent Heights and is the first of its kind in Derby. The charity is hoping to build more accessible plots across Derby in the future.

Disability Direct is now looking for support to lay the slabs and also donations of sand for levelling the surface.

If you can help in any way. Please contact sally.austin@disabilitydirect.com